Why this class? What did you want out of it?
I have hated every science teacher I have ever had. Well, except one. Mr. Gregg, that’s right with two “G”s. Mr. Gregg was the only teacher who every asked his students to do more than memorize and repeat scientific law and theories. He didn’t ask “Why is this important”, which happens to be the worst question on the face of the earth. It’s up there with “Why do you want to be a part of…?,” ” Why should we choose you?,” and “What could you give to our organization?”. As a teacher, Mr. Gregg thought that it was a part of his job to make the topic important to his students. He worked to engage the mind of his students, not to simply throw information at us. For example, one day Mr. Gregg had everyone pull out their phones, myself included, and he challenged us to see who could solve a chemical equation and text it to him. The person who got it right and the fastest received an extra two points on the following quiz. Then he proceeded to spend the rest of the class discussing how biochemistry played into the development of cell phones. That was more than three years ago, and while I couldn’t explain to you what biochemistry has to do with the development of cell phones I can tell you how to solve a chemical equation, the number of ions in the chemicals on more than half the periodic table and the color of my biochemistry textbook.
After describing the only teacher who ever engaged my mind in the topic of science you can imagine that it’s not my favorite topic. In fact, it even irritates me that my boyfriend is a chemical engineer major just because it means he takes science classes. He likes to call me and go on and on about what he did in chemistry today. I think he does it on purpose. Despite it all, everything I have ever thought about doing with my life involves science. I have thought of majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Psychology, Forensic Science, and Social Work. All of which require that you take at least biology and chemistry. So I have made a point to work toward involving myself with science. My first step was taking University Writing: Science, Media, and Culture.
That’s the first part of my paper. It really made me think of why I chose this class and what my expectations are. What are your expectations? Did you join for the same reason? Why did you join this class? Is your story as long as mine? Did this paper make you think of why you joined this class? Is it doing what you wanted it to? Share your reasons.