Hello everyone, I'm currently an undergraduate student at a military college on a 4 year Air Force scholarship. The school requires that everyone pick a major before they even start their first class, and because of my interest in the subject and pressure from my father (a PhD in Electrical Engineering), I chose EE.
To complicate the story even more, I was awarded my scholarship for chemistry. I had planned to major in chemistry but a very stressful year in my high school AP course dissuaded me. I have since learned that my teacher for that course had developed a brain tumor, which might explain the ferocious homework assignments and due dates (I’m talking 100+ problems due the next day), inability to really connect core subjects, etc….
I some how managed to score a 4 on the AP exam and gained college credit at my school (which has chemistry as a required freshman course). I have spent the year focusing on my classes and helping my fellow classmates with their chemistry homework. Every time I’d help someone I would have a nostalgic moment and a rekindling of my desire to pursue chemistry. This combined with the fact that A) all of the engineering professors seemed to be more boring than the chalk they wrote with and B) the Air Force only sanctions a Major change in the first year of school with no questions asked, I went through the process of changing my major.
In the process I was offered $3500 to stay over the summer and do undergraduate research with one of the professors (something about highly florescent organic chemicals from the lanthanides...).
So here I am at the end of the spring semester, freshly finished with my exams, as a chem. Major. I haven’t taken one real college level chem. course, but I’ve already worked out my course load for next year to include Organic, Inorganic, Physics, and Calc III, all of which are required and all of which have a lab. I’m thinking to myself, “I don’t know half of the stuff I need to know, I haven’t spent all year with the other chem. Majors, and I’m about to start nine weeks of undergraduate research. What the hell have I gotten myself into?!?!”
I feel like I’m about to crash hard. My question is: how hard can it be? Am I really going to crash? What am I in for? Anything that could make me feel better would be appreciated….
Oh, and I still haven’t broken the news to PhD.Dad.