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Former Teaching Assistants

Michelle Le

Michelle

Major:  Exercise & Sports Science

What are your future plans? 

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Fun

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I love art, nature, food, and dogs!

What I love about chemistry

I think it's cool how chemistry can be applied/related to everyday life. 

Advice to students:

Practice! Don't spend too much time reading the textbook or memorizing. Do practice problems over and over again. The concepts start to stick after you've seen it a couple of times. Don‚'t be afraid to ask questions as well! There's no such thing as a dumb question. Reach out to your TAs, go to TA sessions, and talk with the other people in the class.

 

Alex Malin

Alex M

 

 

 

 

Major: Music

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Stoked

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I am an adrenaline junky and love the outdoors. I rock climb, go canyoneering, mountain bike, ski, mountaineering, ice climbing, camp, and just about anything else.

What I love about chemistry:

I love the level of detail and the ability to always find a concrete reason behind why molecules behave the way they do. Chemistry has simple ideas that are expounded upon to create mind-boggling problems!

What advice would you give new students?

Ask questions and ask more questions! Talk to as many TA's as possible when a concept doesn't make sense. Sometimes you just need to hear something from a different perspective.

 

Kasper Koblanski

Kasper

 

 

Major: Engineering

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Interconnected

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I love talking about anything soccer-related and getting outside to run, hike, bike, or ski (not a huge fan of climbing) (yet).  Always looking for places to find great food.

What I love about chemistry:

A lot of things don't make sense the first time you see them, but there's nothing more satisfying than zooming through problems/tests/homework once everything clicks.

What advice would you give new students?

Talk with everyone in your class, discussions, TAs or Holly about OChem whenever you can.  If you take advantage of your resources and aren't worried about making mistakes, the class will be a breeze!

 

Sydney Larsen Sydney

 

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? 

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Compelling

Hobbies/fun facts:

I actually hated Chemistry in high school but now it's my major!

What I love about chemistry:

I love how it feels like piecing together a puzzle. Especially in organic chemistry, when you draw out a mechanism and it all works out, it's so incredibly satisfying.

Advice to students:

Practice makes perfect! Going back and reworking PDQ's and other worksheet material in preparation for a test is so helpful.

 

Nate Iverson

Nate

 

 

 

 

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Excited

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love living in Salt Lake City because of all the various outdoor activities. My favorites are running on the many trails that Utah has to offer and ski touring in the Cottonwood canyons. 

What I love about chemistry:

I love that chemistry is the base line of many sciences. I think that knowing the mechanism at the micro level helps with understanding processes at the macro level. Chemistry is also cool in that understanding it has so many broader world applications in everything from cooking to cancer.

Advice to students:

Organic chemistry is obviously a difficult course, but it is also super interesting! I have found that fully immersing oneself into the topic helps more than just trying to memorize the bare minimum. Apply the things you are learning to real world applications (organic chemistry has many) to help deepen your understanding. Learn about the scientists who made different discoveries to make the chemistry more human. Taking a deep dive will make the learning and studying more enjoyable. 

 

Dana Jaber

Dana

 

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Fascinated

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I love science, anatomy dissection, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. 

What I love about chemistry:

I'm going to be honest, I originally hated chemistry but organic chemistry was a total game changer for me. Organic chemistry is so amazing and interesting, the real world  applications of it are so fascinating. I also really love the challenge of putting pieces of a puzzle together, in a way you sort of become a molecular architect or artist. 

What advice would you give new students?

Practice, practice, practice! Avoid memorizing, develop a good studying system for yourself, don't cram the night before tests, don't be afraid to ask for help, go to office hours and take a deep breath you're going to do fine! (: 

 

Rose Godfrey

Rose

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? 

Graduate School in Chemistry

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Excited

Hobbies/fun facts:

I can almost land a kickflip, I recently started crocheting, and I was in the top 0.05% of Taylor Swift's listeners last year

What I love about chemistry:

I like that it's kind of a puzzle, especially synthesis and mechanisms; you learn all these concepts and it all comes together in the end. I also like that it's not just straight memorization.

Advice to students: 

You definitely get out what you put into this class, staying caught up and actively participating in the class will be a life saver!

 

Scotty McMullin

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Happy

Hobbies/fun facts:

I have been learning how to salsa dance this last summer and am still a beginner. I like to work on my car because I believe I am a smart person, however, I am not good at it. A fun fact about me is my favorite food is Indian Food but I love ice cream.

What I love about chemistry:

I love the patterns in chemistry. There are just so many patterns :)

Advice to students:

What helped me the most was practicing problems from the PDQs, Saturday Review, and discussion problem sets. I am also a huge fan of summary sheets because they help my brain to organize the information.

 

 

Jack Gambassi

Jack

Major: Economics

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Challenging

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I love skiing, cooking, watching movies, soccer, and going to the symphony. Zac Efron is my cousin. (yes for real) 

What I love about chemistry: 

I love the feeling of figuring out a challenging problem after struggling with similar problems in the past. Noticing my growth with the material.

Advice to students:

Get comfortable being uncomfortable and make every problem a no-stakes quiz for yourself! Even if you are doing the homework and have access to the answer of a problem, give it an honest shot before you look, then compare your work! Also, take advantage of your TAs and all of the other incredible teaching staff. We are here to help you succeed! 

 

Guari Garg

Guari

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Satisfying (esp drawing benzene rings)

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love skiing! Catch me on the ikon pass resorts this winter! 

What I love about chemistry:

It's not as much rote memorization as biology and not as painful as physics. It takes the best from both sciences. 

Advice to students:

Organic Chemistry is the one class where you CANNOT get away with skipping lecture, sleeping through discussions, not relying on your TAs, missing out on extra credit, or copying assignments. It's a whole different breed. For the exams specifically, I recommend redoing the PDQs, PSs, and reaction mechanisms sheets (the latter redo many times), as those are going to be most similar to the exams. Also make study groups!! I relied on my friends so so much in ochem, especially my current TA buddy :) the class REALLY picks up around exam 3 (rip synthesis) so don't be fooled if you don't have to put in as much effort in the first two exams. Finally, going to the TA office hours and Holly's office hours will be your best friend. The material is really hard to digest by yourself so use your resources; Holly gives A TON of resources. Now enough scaring everyone, you guys will all be fine but just be ready to put the work and effort into this class and everyone will be successful. 

 

Ivan Flores

Ivan 

 

 

 

Major:  Exercise & Sports Medicine

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Rewarding!

Hobbies/fun facts:

I like anything related to fitness, fixing/building cars, gaming, and listening to all types of music!

What I love about chemistry:

it is challenging and very rewarding. 

Advice to students:

Do as many as practice problems as possible. Also, use your TAs! They are a great resource. 

 

Aruna Dhungel

Aruna

Major: Health, Society and Policy

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Riddle

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I love to eat, read, and sleep. I also enjoy going on hikes and love the Utah Mountains. 

What I love about chemistry:

I love that every reaction in organic chemistry is like a puzzle. It can look super complicated and scary at first, but the clues given to you every day will make things easier.  It will eventually start to make sense and click.  

What advice would you give new students?

Make sure to practice every day! Don't get behind. And also find/make a study group, it makes studying a lot more fun. 

 

Dan Carter

Major: Biology

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Excited!

Hobbies/fun facts:

I like to snowboard, golf, swim, and study epoxide reactions.

What I love about chemistry:

Learning new things feels enjoyable and rewarding.

Advice to students:

Don't be scared of organic chemistry. I didn't particularly enjoy genchem, but I love ochem.

 

Liam Cunningham

Liam

 

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans:

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry:

Gratifying!

Hobbies/fun Facts:

Exploring, hiking, running, skiing, quarantining, boxing, playing the Cello and other instruments

What I love about chemistry:

I love how problems are often like a puzzle and can be approached many different way and still get the correct answer. I also love how applicable chemistry is to life from things like the Maillard reaction that give toasted marshmallow that distinct brown and flavor, to the synthesis of TNT and so much more.

Advice to students:

Do your best at the beginning of the class to really understand what's going on and once it clicks the rest of the class will be so much more manageable and enjoyable. It may take some time though, I would also say making an organizational notebook, it will be invaluable to your understanding as well as on tests and quizzes and even help you into OChem 2. One last thing I would say is meet new people, make study groups, ask for help from TAs and Holly and I promise OChem will be a great experience.

 

Jebeeka Dahal 

Jebeeka

 

 

Major: Business

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Excited

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I love to be outdoors and interact with people. 

What I love about chemistry:

The process of figuring things out! 

What advice would you give new students?

Do the PDQ and PS! 

 

 

Evan Carlson

Evan 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? 

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Rewarding!

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love golfing, running, skiing, and just about anything outdoors

What I love about chemistry:

I love how each problem is a new and unique puzzle. 

Advice to students:

Don't get discouraged and don't compare your success to that of your classmates. There is a huge learning curve and everyone picks up the basics at a different pace. Once I was able to push through the initial challenges, this became my all-time favorite class!

 

Esperanaza (Espi) Oyarzun 

Espi

 

 

Major: Double Major: Biology and Linguistics 

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Exciting

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I love dancing and music

What I love about chemistry:

I love the puzzle-solving aspect of it.

What advice would you give new students?

Practice! Take every chance you can to practice!

 

Alex Ballinger

Alex B

Major: Biology

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Satisfying

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I love to be outside, anything with a beach is great.  Traveling is my passion.

What I love about chemistry:

Finding something that works is very gratifying, and with chemistry there are so many real world ways to get to an answer which is cool because there’s so many different first steps you can take.

What advice would you give new students?

Practice. Organic chemistry is like a puzzle, once something clicks it can all come together to be very rewarding.

Sanila Math

Sanila

Major: Anthropology & Ethnic Studies

What are your future plans?  

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Intrigued

Hobbies/fun facts:

I enjoy baking bread (garlic cheese knots are my favorite) and painting clothes. If I could download a "how-to" book directly into my brain it would be for understanding bus transit systems. During the last school year, the most money I spent was probably on bags of Tru-Fru chocolate covered raspberries. I can eat an entire bag in under 5 minutes. The tie for best fast food place is between Taco Bell & In-n-Out. 

What I love about chemistry:

I like how chemistry encourages your curiosity and has real life applications that are super interesting. It helps you understand the world around you. Concepts in chemistry also build on each other, so once the dots connect, everything falls into place and things start to make sense. 

Advice to students:

As you take lecture notes, write down questions you have about any concept or mechanism and ask them via office hours or email, whatever you feel comfortable with. If you don't write them down, you might forget what exactly you were struggling with when you revisit your notes. 


It can be intimidating to go to office hours but it is a helpful resource because it lets you discuss things with other students and with the TAs. 


Find new ways to approach problems and try out new strategies to find what works for you - there is always more than one way to solve a problem! (For example, if you're a visual learner, try color coding your mechanisms)


Practice!!! Take the long way of solving mechanisms until you feel comfortable with quicker methods. 


Be patient with yourself while you learn new things :)

 

Daryl Morrison

Daryl

 

 

Major: Biology & Psychology

What are your future plans? 

MD/PhD Dual Degree

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Excited

Hobbies/fun facts:

I have two 15 pound rabbits and spend most of my free time in the winter in the mountains.

What I love about chemistry:

Chemistry is endlessly fascinating and will make you think about aspects of life that are typically easily ignored in a new light. There are so many phenomena explained by basic chemistry (often organic based chemistry!) that you'll find yourself looking at the world differently for having chemical knowledge.

Advice to students:

Keep up with all the new reactions you are learning and make flash cards! The more you know the terms, the easier it will be to apply them and understand what's going on

 

Tessa Hingtgen

Tessa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major: Kinesiology

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Intricate

Hobbies/fun facts:

I really enjoy working out and weight lifting. I love doing anything outdoors, such as water and snow skiing, hiking, and paddle boarding.

What I love about chemistry:

I love how everything comes back to the basics, and that no matter how intricate a problem is, there are always a few simple rules that can help you figure it out. 

Advice to students:

Hard work always pays off! If you are unsure about something always ask either the professor or TA! We are here to help you so make sure you utilize your resources and it will help you to succeed.

 

Sam Embley

Sam

 

 

 

Major: Psychology

What are your future plans?

Pharmacy School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Love!

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love to travel, try new restaurants/foods, snowboard, and go out with friends! 

What I love about chemistry:

I love how chemistry always keeps me thinking and how I can apply it to everyday things 

Advice to students:

Keep an open mind and don't be afraid to ask for help! 

 

Melonie Abravanel

Melonie Abravanel

Major: Bachelors of Nursing, graduated 2018

What are your future plans?

Medical/PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Victorious/Defeated (depends on the day)

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I'm from Coeur d'Alene, ID so I love all of the lake/outdoor activities: boating, kayaking, SUP, fishing, whitewater rafting, archery, camping, etc. However, if the weather is >80F, I am more indoorsy.

What I love about chemistry:

Chemistry makes concepts in biology more elegant. Also to set the record straight: O Chem> Gen Chem

What advice would you give new students?

Not all of us learned these concepts in the same way. If something isn't working for you, try a different resource or ask someone else! You can understand all of these concepts if you give them a chance. Also, make sure you watch every lecture 1x.

Natasha Andreasen

Natasha

 

Major: Engineering

What are your future plans?

Medical School.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Thrilled!

Hobbies/fun facts: 

Skiing, backpacking, fly fishing and doting on my dog Danner. 

What I love about chemistry:

It is so intricate and beautiful and yet it makes up everything around us! Like WHAT?!?!

Advice to students:

Make sure you put in the time! You will enjoy the course more if you put in the hours to learn and get out what you put in!

Justin Andrews

Justin

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Rewarding

Hobbies/fun facts:

Hiking, skiing, photography.

What I love about chemistry:

Chemistry, especially Organic Chemistry, is very elegant and complex. I'm continuously fascinated by the power of chemistry to understand the world around us.

Advice to students: Make sure to come to discussion prepared! Trying working on the homework or reviewing your notes before discussion, it really helps to master the material faster.

Jonny Brewer

Jonny

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Passionate

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love to play soccer, volleyball, ski, and go boating!

What I love about chemistry:

There are sometimes multiple ways to come to the same conclusion which may help people with different learning styles.

Advice to students:

As long as you keep trying your effort will be rewarded.

Madelyn Chi

Maddy

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans:

Undecided (Grad School)

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry:

Positive (pun intended)

Hobbies/fun Facts:

I feel like a grandma; I have back pain and I love crocheting/knitting! I also learned some basic embroidery while quarantined at home. Art is one of my favorite things to do whenever I find the inspiration and the time.

What I love about chemistry:

It helps us make sense of the world, starting from a molecular level. It's crazy to think about how tiny differences make a huge impact!

Advise to students:

Even though there is a harsh learning curve, it really does get better! Focusing on understanding how and why things happen during a reaction will help guide you toward the next step. This helps you conquer the complex problems, too. Feel free to reach out for help or clarification - that's what we're here for!

Spencer Cook

Spencer

Major: Psychology

What are your future plans?

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Exciting

Hobbies/fun facts:

Campus is a great long boarding resort!

What I love about chemistry:

It's the math of biology

Advice to students:

Work together and practice, practice, practice

Jeebika Dahal

Jeepika

Major: Operations and Supply Chain

What are your future plans?

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Enthusiastic

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I speak 3 languages. I love to cook/bake. I have hiked several trails in Utah.

What I love about chemistry: 

I love that chemistry can be applied to so many different aspects of life. And I also love the feeling of satisfaction when you finally after several hours understand a concept/ or how a mechanism work.

Advice to students:

Stay on top of the PDQ and the PS. Also, be sure to review them constantly before exams and quizzes.

Aruna Dhungel

Aruna

Major: Health Society and Policy

What are your future plans?

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Intrigued

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love reading, hiking and eating. I am total foodie.

What I love about chemistry:

It is very challenging but in the end it is very fulfilling as well.

Advice to students:

If you already know that you will not have enough time for this class don't take it this semester, please wait. In my opinion, this class will require you to invest at least 10 hours a week. If you can't do that, this course will be unnecessarily hard and stressful for you. So take this course when you have the time and energy, and it will be a lot more fun.

Trisha Enriquez

Trisha

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Rewarding

Hobbies/fun facts:

I like to sing, tap dance, and tell really bad jokes. I also LOVE a good dessert and spending time with my family back home in the Philippines.

What I love about chemistry:

I love how it changes how I see the world around me. Everything that happens in nature has an explanation, and studying chemistry allows me to learn how everything works together to create the world we live in!

Advice to students: 

Work on organic chemistry every day, even if just for a little bit of time. Getting comfortable with concepts as early as possible will prevent you from getting overwhelmed. Never hesitate to ask questions or look for help when you need it. All of your hard work WILL pay off! You're more than capable of success!

Jessica Garcia

Jessica

 

 

 

 

Major: Exercise and Sports Science

What are your future plans?

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Excited

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love the outdoors and spending time with family. Camping is one of my favorite things to do during the summer and you can usually find me on the slopes during the winter.

What I love about chemistry:

O. Chem is essentially a puzzle, some topics may be a little more difficult than others but everything ties in together which is super fascinating and fun.

Advice to students:

Have fun while learning organic chemistry and use your resources!

Lucas Gerbasi

 Lucas

 

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans?

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Excited

Hobbies/fun facts:

Soccer, hiking, fishing, skiing, hunting

What I love about chemistry:

The puzzle solving aspect of it

Advice to students:

Ochem is the best chemistry course you will take.

Rose Godfrey

Rose

 

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans?

Medical school

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Enjoyable

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love to ski, play tennis, skateboard, and garden

What I love about chemistry:

I like that it's kind of a puzzle, especially synthesis and mechanisms; you learn all these concepts and it all comes together in the end. I also like that it's not just straight memorization.

Advice to students:

Don't procrastinate too much, it's hard to catch back up. Practice helps a lot with this class.

Chase Hart

 

Chase

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans?

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Awakening

Hobbies/fun facts:

I enjoy caffeine, yoga, and working on old motorcycles.

What I love about chemistry:

The most satisfying part/what I love the most about chemistry has been learning to draw beautiful hexagons quickly.

Advice to students:

O-Chem is what you make it; take advantage of all the resources provided for you. If you do, there is no reason not to succeed and enjoy the class.

Serena Hawatmeh

 Serena

 

 

 

Major: Health Society and Policy

What are your future plans? Medical School. 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Challenged

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love exercising and am always looking for fun new types of workouts! I've recently gotten into hiking, climbing, and yoga!

What I love about chemistry:

I love organic chemistry because it is like a puzzle, rather than just memorizing information and formulas. You really get to test and challenge what you know, and it's so rewarding when you make progress!

Advice to students:

Organic chemistry is so unique and unlike most science classes you've taken before. Don't feel down if it doesn't click right away! With time and practice you can master it!

Hope Higgs

Hope

 

 

Major: Health Promotion and Policy

What are your future plans? 

Masters of Public Health and Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Challenging

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I love the NBA!

What I love about chemistry

I love the problem solving involved in every synthesis or mechanism problem. Achieving the correct final product when given a hard problem is so satisfying and self rewarding.

Advice to students:

Organic chemistry is challenging. If you take the time to dig deep and understand the 'why' behind every problem, you will be successful in this course.

Daniel Holzrichter

 

Daniel

 

Major: Exercise and Sports Management

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry

Puzzle

Hobbies/fun facts

I am a Ski Patroller and an avid fly fisherman.

What I love about chemistry: 

I love that every question is like a puzzle that you continually get to find the pieces too.

Advice to students

Take your time, think it through, the light bulb will go off, it may just take some time.

Emily Huang

Emily

Major: Biology

What are your future plans?  

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Fascination

Hobbies/fun facts:

I like to climb with friends and watch movies!

What I love about chemistry:

I love the applicability of organic chemistry to daily life. This makes learning about so much more interesting as I apply the abstract concepts to concrete examples.

Advice to students:

Make sure to get out there and meet new people! O-Chem is where I met really great friends and found my study community.

Trace Jacobsen 

Trace

 

 

 

Major: Business Administration

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Thrilled

Hobbies/fun facts: 

Golf, bowling, basketball. I'm color blind and refuse to eat breakfast cereal.

What I love about chemistry:

The critical thinking that it requires

Advice to students:

Pre-read the textbook

Rachel Jones

Rachel

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Graduate School in Biology

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Elegant

Hobbies/fun facts:

I am a trail runner and love the mountains. I also love coffee and chocolate.

What I love about chemistry:

First, I like to think of chemistry as the building block for biology, so the more I understand of chemistry, the deeper I can understand biology. Second, I think of organic chemistry as a puzzle or problem to be solved. It's like math but better.

Advice to students:

I would advise new students to work as many problems as possible. It makes a big difference and helps on the exam when you can recognize patterns even if the problem is something you haven't seen before.

Hyonoo Joo

Hyonoo

 

 

Major: Engineering

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Limitless

Hobbies/fun facts:

I enjoy rock climbing and quality vegan cheese.

What I love about chemistry:

I think it's so cool to understand the molecules we interact with everyday. I love that chemistry is a blend of creativity, challenge, and discovery.

Advice to students:

This course can be so rewarding with hard work and persistence. Find a good study group and ask your TA's and teachers for help when you need it. You got this!

Marina Knysheva

Marina

 

 

Major: Health Promotion and Policy

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Fascinated

Hobbies/fun facts: I love baking, photography, and hiking.

What I love about chemistry:

I love the mechanisms. Seeing the arrows move and transform one molecule to a new molecule has always been fascinating to me. It's so interesting to think about how quickly these reactions are happening in a flask.

Advice to students:

Find a study group! Learning organic chemistry becomes much more exciting when you can do it with others.

Michelle Le

Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major: Exercise and Sports Science

What are your future plans?

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Fun

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love drawing, being outdoors, and spending with family and friends.

What I love about chemistry: 

It's such a broad topic and is used in everyday life.

Advice to students:

Don't be afraid to ask for help!

Angelina Liu

Angelina

 

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans?

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Creative

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love traveling, playing the piano, and knitting.

What I love about chemistry:

Chemistry is everywhere. It's so easy to connect what you learn in class to phenomenon you see in everyday life.

Advice to students:

Develop an effective study plan and stay on top of course material. Don't hesitate to reach out and ask questions!

Alex Malin

Alex

 

 

Major: Medical Laboratory Science

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Fun

Hobbies/fun facts:

I recently got into canyoneering, one of the most adventurous sports out there, and peak blitzing. I'm definitely an outdoors person

What I love about chemistry:

Everything has an explanation to the finest detail of understanding. Chemistry helps connect biological processes and makes a lot of other science make sense

Advice to students:

Go to TA sessions early and get to know your discussion TA. They are there to help and want you to succeed. If you have a question or are stuck, don't google the answer or look it up online. Text your TA and they'll help you understand the concepts.

Nam Nguyen

Nam 

 

 

Major: Biology

 

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Love

Hobbies/fun facts:

I like running, baking, and binging K-dramas.

What I love about chemistry:

It's like physics but without the math or crying.

Advice to students:

Organic chemistry builds on itself. Work hard early on to set up a good foundation, and all the later things will come much easier.

Samira Saeed

Samira

 

 

Major: Biomedical Engineering (premed focus) Chemistry Minor (graduated May 2020) 

What are your future plans? Biomedical Engineering Masters (graduating May 2021)

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Pretty

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love dance, choreographing, skiing, film making, hiking, running, traveling (not currently hahaha), makeup, and volunteering.

What I love about chemistry:

I love that chemistry can give us insight into how our world works down to the smallest detail.

Advice to students:

  • Drill those PSs and PDQs!! Especially before exams but also consistently throughout the semester. I suggest finishing/redoing the PS from each week over the weekend. When you are redoing problems from the PSs and PDQs before exams try timing yourself so you can get an idea of how long it takes you to solve problems, then try to cut down on that time as you do similar problems. This will make exams less of a time crunch (something most students struggle with when taking this class). 
  • Find the TAs that work with your personality/learning style and go to their reviews but don't waste your study time going to every single review available. While studying with others can be helpful when you are first learning something, make sure you carve out lots of individual study time because when it comes to exams all you've got is yourself!
  • If you are attending an exam review come to the review already having studied. The review will be much more useful to you that way.
  • If you and your discussion TA aren't vibing change groups! No hard feelings, we want you to be with the TA that can help you the most.
  • If you don't understand something, reach out to a TA or Holly. We want to help! Like seriously!
  • Put in a lot of effort at the beginning of the semester so that you are solid on the basics and can have an easier time moving forward in the semester.
  • Never forget about resonance!! Ever! It always comes back!
  • Ultimately, you get out of this class the effort you put in...so be ready to work hard!

Anahy Salcedo

Anahy 

 

 

 

Major: Exercise and Sports Science

 

What are your future plans? 

Community Work/Non-Profit Sector

Hobbies/fun facts:

I like hiking, spending time with friends and family and I love making DIY crafts!

What I love about chemistry:

I love that you can build on what you learn as you continue to learn and that it can be applicable to things outside of the class.

Advice to students:

Ask questions; talk to Holly and your TAs!

Anish Singh

Anish

 

 

Major: Finance

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Interesting

Hobbies/fun facts:

Basketball, weight lifting 

What I love about chemistry:

The real life application of organic chemistry to drug research and innovation.

Advice to students:

Get help from your TAs, and make sure to take advantage of practice exams and quizzes! 

Bassel Tekarli

Bassel

 

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Interesting

Hobbies/fun facts:

I'm an avid hooper (basketball emoji)

What I love about chemistry:

I love the problem solving nature, and the reward of working through difficult problems.

Advice to students: 

Get organized and get into a rhythm. Especially if you are planning on taking Ochem 2; you will be doing this for an entire year!

Jon Trujillo

Jon

 

 

Major: Postbac

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Thrilled

Hobbies/fun facts:

I taught social dance for several years.

What I love about chemistry:

It's the foundation of life.

Advice to students:

Master the basics.

Tushig Tsogtbaatar

Tushig  

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? 

 Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

 

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I love to play tennis, learn K-pop dances, and draw/paint in my free time.

What I love about chemistry: 

Chemistry is a challenging yet rewarding subject that helps us understand the real world with a microscopic lens. It explains why and how everything works and is the foundation of life.

Advice to students: 

There will be a lot of new jargon and new information you have never seen before and can be overwhelming but have patience. We have all gone through the same process so with constant practice and a good attitude you will soon begin to love all the mechanisms and cool reactions that we learn in the semester:) Also, don't be afraid to ask questions. No question is dumb and this is key to understanding why or how something works in organic chemistry.

Truc Vuong

Truc 

 

Major: Biology (Bachelor degree, graduate 2019), and currently Biomedical Informatics (Master Degree)

What are your future plans?

PhD in Biology and/or Computational Biology

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Love

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I am an international student from Vietnam and I have been in Utah for more than 5 years! Some of my hobbies are reading, hiking, going on long walks, cooking, and hanging out with friends and family.

What I love about chemistry: 

For me, chemistry and biology always go together. With chemistry, we can understand how our body and life work the way they are!

Advice to students:

Organic Chemistry might look intimidating at first, but don't be scared! Working on problems and understanding the WHY behind them is essential. I remembered when I took the class many years ago, my TAs, Holly, and my peers were helpful resources, so make sure that you are asking questions whenever you feel lost. Remember that there is no such thing as stupid questions. We are all here and rooting for you guys! And the most important things are ENJOY and HAVE FUN!! ;)

Mingyang Zhang

Ming

 

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans?

Medical school

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Excited

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I enjoy many outdoor activities like playing tennis, hiking, etc. I can also speak Mandarin fluently.

What I love about chemistry: 

I love how tiny little molecules can have such a big impact in our lives, and learning how they work is exciting to me.

Advice to students: 

Stay on top of the homeworks and always seek out for help! There are so many TAs and each of us have unique way of looking at O chem, if one TA doesn't make sense, try to see if another TA's method makes more sense.

 

 

Cole Astin

ColeAstin

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Amazing!

Hobbies/fun facts: A few of my favorite things include playing guitar, watching Parks and Rec on repeat, going to the gym with my wonderful wife, and playing with my little dog!

 What I love about chemistry: Its simple elegance. There are so many things in this world that can be explained through organic chemistry!

Advice to students: This class is seriously so much fun. It is rigorous, but 100% doable. Put the time in on studying and understanding the concepts and you will reap the benefits! You can do it!

Tanner Smith

TannerSmith

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Hobbies/fun facts: I LOVE golfing.

What I love about chemistry:

Mechanisms.

Advice to students: The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.

Mingyang Zhang

Ming

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Graduate School in Chemistry.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Challenging

Hobbies/fun facts: I like tennis, hiking and video games, I'm bilingual.

What I love about chemistry: I love the mechanisms, it explains why certain reactions happen.

Advice to students: Practice is key, always do the smith homework problems and ask for help. The discussion worksheets are a great insight to what the exam is like.

Josh Bromley

JoshBromley

 

Major: Physics

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Passionate

Hobbies/fun facts: Cyclist, runner, fly fisherman, nordic skier.

What I love about chemistry: I love problems solving - its like a game!

Advice to students: Familiarize yourself with the material before lecture and discussion.

Brett Crump

BrettCrump

 

Major: Economics

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Rewarding

Hobbies/fun facts: 100% guaranteed nobody can beat in me in Harry Potter trivia.

What I love about chemistry: It's like a puzzle you've got to figure out. Nothing is more satisfying than solving chemistry puzzles!

Advice to students: As you read each chapter in the Smith textbook, create a summary/cheatsheet on a blank piece of printer paper containing the information you think is most important from the chapter. Review these periodically and use them to help you study for exams.

Katie Jones 

KatieJones

 

 

 

 Major: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

What are your future plans? To graduate with my undergraduate. I’m not sure yet what is coming afterward yet.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Interested

Hobbies/fun facts: For fun, I love spending time with my friends and family. I like to hike, hang out in coffee shops, watch movies, and go to football games. And my fun fact is that I don’t like chocolate covered strawberries, in fact, I don’t like chocolate with any kind of fruit.

What I love about chemistry: I love chemistry because I love how versatile and powerful a little bit of chemistry knowledge is. I also totally love organic chemistry because it always seemed to work like a set of rules or laws, and if you understand them, then you can figure any problem out.

Advice to students: I have two pieces of advice. First, rewrite your notes as your first form of studying. Always rewrite your notes! Second, failing on an assignment or a test is not the end of the world. In fact, you should use it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Vista Lloyd

VistaLLoyd

 

Major: Anthropology

What are your future plans: Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic Chemistry: Adventure

Hobbies/fun Facts: My favorite hobbies are mountain biking, hiking, skiing, camping, and pretty much anything that has to do with outdoors.

What I love about chemistry: I love figuring out how all the molecules react with one another and how that applies to the medical profession.

Advise to students: DON’T GET BEHIND. Holly will say this all through the class but it is true “Organic Chemistry is a marathon not a sprint.” Study everyday, practice the smith problems, redo discussion worksheets, quizzes, and tests, attend class, and don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Heather Cummins

HeatherCummings

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? LOVE

Hobbies/fun facts: I love hiking, skiing, and traveling! I also love fall because it is football season! Go Utes!

What I love about chemistry: Chemistry is amazing because it explains everything about our world. If you want to know how antibiotics work or where rocket fuel comes from, chemistry has the answers. It is so elegant and amazing to learn about these things!

Advice to students: Everything is going to be okay! If you study the material and work hard, organic chemistry will be a great class, and always keep in mind that we are here to help you in any way we can!

Jordan Nelson

JordanNelson 

 

Major: Exercise and Sports Science

What are your future plans? Medical School 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Intrigued

Hobbies/fun facts: I love music! I've played piano for 14 years, drums for 8, and owned a mobile DJ business for 6.

What I love about chemistry: How applicable it is to real life! I look at almost everything in terms of chemistry now.

Advice to students: Do every assignment and piece of homework that Holly makes available! The variety of different learning methods helps you learn the subject so much quicker.

Hector Torres

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Major:

What are your future plans? 

I want to go into pharmacy school. I am planning on applying next fall.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Stock-Home syndrome

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I like do some hard-core clubbing (school clubs obviously). I'm involved in LIA, global brigades, ACS, Pre-pharm club, and crimson e-sports. I also like to do service. For fun I play video games.  

What I love about chemistry: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY!!! Is there any other kind of chemistry. It is like doing puzzles all day. Once you figure out the puzzle you fill so accomplished.

Advice to students: I find O-chem 2 is not the most difficult class when it comes to concept. However it will be a very time intensive class. To do well in this class it will require time and dedication.

Huy Doan

 HuyDoan

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Mysterious

Hobbies/fun facts: I love cooking.

What I love about chemistry: It is very practical subject that I can apply in my life.

Advice to students: Re-do and pay attention to all the PDQ and Discussion Worksheets.

Tate Matthews

TateMatthews

 

Major: Psychology 

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?   Tingly

Hobbies/fun facts: When I use a public restroom I always put toilet paper down on the seat first.

What I love about chemistry: It is an elegant pattern of trends and logic that is like a fun puzzle. I also love trying to visualize the molecules interacting in 3D.

Advice to students: Do the Reactions worksheet like 20 times and once you can do it fast without thinking too hard you should be good.

Alexandra Grow

AlexandraGrow

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Excited

Hobbies/fun facts: I love climbing (though I'm not very good at it, but I'd like to think it's a work in progress), being outdoors, going to music festivals, and traveling often (my favorite place is Norway).

What I love about chemistry: I love Organic Chemistry because each problem is like a puzzle. I enjoy trying to figure out how to get from one molecule to another, whether it be a mechanism or a synthesis problem. Plus, I feel so accomplished when I complete a problem that I've been struggling with for a while.

Advice to students: Organic Chemistry is not something that can be learned overnight and it can definitely not be memorized. Utilizing your TA's, going to SI, and having a group of people to study with is extremely helpful! If you and your friends get together to study for a couple of hours every day, it can not only make O-Chem manageable, but enjoyable and fun as well.

Nicholas Duke

NicholasDuke

 

Major: Psychology 

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Engrossing

Hobbies/fun facts: I especially enjoy catching bugs and other creatures, hiking and exploring with my wife, reading textbooks (jkjk), running, lifting weights, and I would not be writing this if I did not sincerely enjoy o. chem.

What I love about chemistry: I like how chemistry becomes predictable. There are a set of laws that nature follows the majority of the time; however, chemistry always does something unexpected, which gives it a spontaneous fluffy personality. I appreciate how kinetics, and thermodynamics, discussed in General Chemistry I and II are very applicable in to the material covered in organic chemistry. The greatest thing of all is that chemistry is applicable to self. Organic reactions occur in our own bodies as well as the environments in which we place ourselves. Guys and gals, that means that it is applicable to everyday life.

Advice to students: I caught a snake the other day near a river. My wife practically called me a murderer because I flung it into the river. The truth she discovered from the whole silly situation was that I knew snakes could swim the whole time. Guys, organic chemistry might seem intimidating, but you can do it. Sit down pull out the worksheets and try. I have planted a genuine seed of faith that if I do this, I will indeed succeed. You can do the same. Snakes may look scary, slimy, and poisonous, but they they are just as scared, if not more scared, of us then we are of them. I invite you to ignore all that you have heard or read about how people feel about o. chem. and embark on a quest to find out for yourself.

Hodan Abdi

 HodanAbdi

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Exciting

Hobbies/fun facts: My hobbies include playing soccer, reading non-fiction stories and spending time with my friends and family.

What I love about chemistry: I love the problem solving aspect of chemistry. I love chemistry because it helped me understand more about how atoms work and why atoms react the way they do.

Advice to students: Attend the discussions and ask questions. Do the "end of the chapter" problems before class.

Rachel Lee 

RachelNicholls

 

Major: Chemistry 

What are your future plans? High School Teacher

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Obsessed

Hobbies/fun facts: I love playing tennis, boating, hiking, and pretty much anything that can get me outside!

What I love about chemistry: I love how things happening at the atomic level make up everything in our lives, and how changing just one small thing about a tiny molecule alters it's entire function. It is fascinating to me that something so simple can do so much.

Advice to students: Don't be afraid to ask questions! You can't memorize organic chemistry, you need to understand the WHY behind it. No matter the question we can find an answer for you!

Craig Hanson

CraigHanson

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Coolbeans

Hobbies/fun facts: Snowboarding and a whole lotta netflix!

What I love about chemistry: I think it's fascinating to learn about the smallest interactions at the atomic level, and the effects those changes have on the macro world.

Advice to students: This class is a lot like sports. Some people have natural ability and some need to practice constantly. Do problem after problem, make your own, google some! Just keep at it and you'll start to love it!

Jason Tey

 JasonTEy

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School. 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Awe-inspiring

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I LOVE tennis!

What I love about chemistry: 

Advice to students: 

Chemistry is a complement to biology. It really helps me to learn and understand the biological processes in our body -- way better than learning them through rote rehearsals and without ever understanding how they happen.

1) Please work super duper hard during the introduction chapters to organic chemistry at the beginning. Don't get distracted from them. They will really help you down the road to understand why the different reactions go on as they do. 2) I also recommend honing your skills using the discussion and post-discussion worksheets; I made sure that I got the "correct" understanding for each of those problems. I annotated my worksheets as well; I wrote down my own thoughts. You always hear about to think out loud, but I felt writing them down will let you see the explanation even clearer. 3) Don't be shy in organic chemistry. Solidarity can help to overcome a lot of things, and all of you are in this together. Go out and make study groups, either with your best buddies or new friends in the class. I had really good friends to study with, and they had given me the a-ha moments that I needed from time to time. 4) We, the TAs, are also here, because we desired to. So, please, don't feel like you are going to burden us. We want you guys to come to us for questions or whatever comfort that we may offer. We want to guide you guys down the less stressful path of organic chemistry. Good luck!

Truc Vuong

TrucVuong

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? 

Graduate school in biology (specifically genetics)

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

LOVE

Hobbies/fun facts:  I am a nerd :) . I like working in my current lab, and doing research on genetics. I also like reading, listening to music, and spending time with my family and friends.

Fun fact: I am an international student from Sai Gon (Vietnam), and I am currently work in Drosophila genetic lab in the Department of Biology.

What I love about chemistry: 

I love chemistry because it makes you have to thing critically when solving the problems, and chemistry happens all the time around our lives. Besides, for me, understanding chemistry help me understand a lot of biological processes.

Advice to students: Organic chemistry might look challenge at the beginning. However, don't be afraid. Make sure you understand the materials and the concepts solidly. In order to do this, try to pre-read the material before classes (I pre-read the material for the following week during the weekend), and work through all the Smiths' problem (they are really good starting points). Do your best on the problems given during and after discussion. It is very important that you understand the "why" behind each problem. Don't hesitate asking any questions to the TAs, and professor Sebahar.

Presley Azarcon

PresleyAzarcon

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Excited!

Hobbies/fun facts: I love being outside! Camping, hiking, climbing, and running are some of my favorite hobbies.

What I love about chemistry: Organic Chemistry is kind of like a giant puzzle. It's fun trying to figure out how all of the pieces work together.

Advice to students: Everyone is capable of doing well in this class, it truly is a matter of pulling out those cat claws! Don't lose hope if you ever find yourself struggling (I failed my second exam). There are so many resources available to help sharpen those claws and get you back on the right track.

Thomas (Tom) Gordon

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Major: International Studies

What are your Future plans?  

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Excited

Hobbies/fun facts: I love music and dancing. I ballroom dance and play guitar and piano.

What I love about chemistry: I love how much it feels like a puzzle to solve. Doing mechanisms feels a lot like doing a sudoku or a maze. The feeling that you get at the end when things click and the molecule comes together is the best feeling.

Advice to students: Don't give up! Just because you had one bad test or quiz doesn't mean you can't do well in the class.

Kade Loveridge 

Kade Loveridge

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Passionate

Hobbies/fun facts: I love to ski, play soccer, and I am a total foodie.

What I love about chemistry: It is intellectually stimulating, challenging, and it gives me perspective into what a fascinating and spectacular universe we live in. 

Advice to students: Don't just try to get a grade. If you can learn to be genuinely interested in the subject then the grade will follow and it will be much more enjoyable.

Thanakorn (TK) Baker

TKBaker

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Dental School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Art

Hobbies/fun facts: I do landscape paintings and charcoal/pastel portraitures. I'm bilingual and I'm Thai!

What I love about chemistry: Chemistry allows anyone to use their imagination to solve puzzles. It's where creativity can explode into a reality, like literally!

Advice to students: Discussions and homework are essential for organic chemistry. If organic chemistry is art, the more you practice the better you draw.

 Forest Riekhof

Forest

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Enthusiastic

Hobbies/fun facts: I love chemistry and medicine, and enjoy traveling in my free time.

What I love about chemistry: It's ability to explain the world as we see it in extraordinary detail

Advice to students: Organic chemistry is like a language- while there is some memorization, recognizing patterns will get you much further in this class! This is why I recommend Organic chemistry as a second language by Klein to build a good foundation in the first month.

Liza Zenger

LizaZenger

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Vet School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Love.

Fun Facts: I've met Zac Efron (he's even better looking in person). The first thing on my bucket list is to travel down the Amazon River. 

Hobbies: Soccer, running, skiing, volunteering.

What I love about chemistry: Understanding organic chemistry opens a whole new perspective on every day life and adds a new level of thought. Soon enough, you find yourself imagining the molecular interactions in anything from olive oil to toothpaste.

Advice to students: If you're struggling, don't delay asking for help! No one can beat the person that works hard.

 Riley Pence

  RileyPence

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Enamored

Hobbies/fun facts: In my family we speak a combined total of 10 languages, and my favorite fruit is watermelon.

What I love about chemistry: Everything follows patterns and laws. It's incredibly structured.

Advice to students: Smith homework and rxn worksheets are an absolute must if you want to understand the material. Repitition is key!

Michelle Ngo

MichelleNgo

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Challenging

Hobbies/fun facts: I love to travel, try different types of food, and spend time with friends & family!

What I love about chemistry: I love that there are so many different ways to go about a synthesis. Also, the feeling of accomplishment when I solve a difficult problem!

Advice to students: Pre-reading the chapter before class will do wonders. Try not to get behind and make sure to ask questions! Do not freeze on a test question, you know the material. Sit and think it through. Do not give up. If one thing doesn't work, try another. Yes, you will need to study hard, but it will be VERY rewarding in the end!

Carly Shields

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Major: Human Development and Family Studies

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Enriching 

Hobbies/fun facts: Some of my favorite things include kids, piano, BBQ sauce, onions, Earl Grey Tea, skiing, hiking (really anything outdoors), journaling, friends and family.

What I love about chemistry: Organic Chemistry is one of the most challenging classes I have ever taken and yet it is also by far my favorite class. By challenging me to think differently than I ever had before, O-Chem gave me confidence, a strong new skill set and a mindset that science can be fun!

Advice to students: My biggest advice is to stay on top of O-Chem. Always do (and re-do) the homework, PDQ’s and discussion worksheets. Never be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS until you understand every topic thoroughly. ’Also, good study buddies make O-Chem much more enjoyable (and less overwhelming). Find someone you work well with and arrange a time every week to work together.

 Colin Kitz

ColinKitz

 

Major: Engineering

What are your future plans? 

Grad school, R&D, industry.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

BestclassIvetakenattheU

Hobbies/fun facts: I love the outdoors, soccer, reading, and school! I'm from Boise, and I lived the in the Philippines for five years.

What I love about chemistry: It's very much like a puzzle, in that you must figure out what electrons go where, and how different molecules react with one another.

Advice to students: Do the homework problems! Start studying long before the exam: there's lots to know! Work with other students: explaining your thought process to other people is a great study tool!

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: 8/20/22