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May 14 / Mohammed Razon

Semester 2 of Year 1 is Over!

120-22 = 98 credits left to go! Leggooo!

Hello All!

I am so glad that my first year of college is over. I finished my last day (exam) on April 26 and have been on my “summer” vacation since. By the way, it doesn’t feel anything like summer right now. The weather took a turn in the wrong direction. I’ll admit, this semester everything went pretty smooth – aside from Biology. BIO1510 w/Lab was the only hard class I had this whole semester. Nonetheless, I passed all of my classes. This includes GPH1100 and PS1010. This was the first semester where I took all Gen-ed and Prereq classes – so I REALLY felt accomplished.

BIO1510 was pretty hard, but it will be nothing like what I will be taking in the fall… BIO2200 (Microbiology w/Lab). I’ll be honest, I havent read a single chapter from my textbooks this whole semester for any of my classes. It’s a bad habit of mine. However, I believe that if I do read and take my time to study, then I can definitely pass. BIO1510 was a prereq for my Dietetics program and it’s lab was also a requirement for my Gen-Ed (which requires 1 lab class). I had the same professor from BIO1050 for 1510, so everything remained consistent and the learning/lecture style was still familiar. BIO1510 was an advanced version of 1050 – we talked about that Mitosis/Meisos stuff, production of ATP (Glycolysis, Chemiosmosis, etc), and Mendelian Genetics. Something new we learned about were  Ligands and Cell Signaling, Photosystems, Proteins/Kinases and that good stuff. I had my labs on Fridays with a few friends. I didnt do so well in lab, but at least I “passed” and got the experience so I know what to expect in future ones. Not many people ever do so well in Labs. Everyone was talking about how mean the Lab Manager was (manages and coordinates ALL labs in the Science Hall building) and I wondered why. They say that she never leaves her office and she practically lives there – they’re exaggerating of course (I hope). She is very curt – replying to people IN PERSON and through email very briefly and in a rude way. But I’m not going to say anymore or believe it as I never have met the woman. Aside from that and the extremely hard lab exams, that’s about it for Lab.

GPH 1100 was pretty weird. The man who taught it was pretty interesting but often went on so many tangents. The class was fairly simple. Come in, sit down, sign in for attendance/participation points, do the handout and leave. Our only homework in that class was to find a current event on the region you are studying and to finish any classwork you haven’t completed yet. Again, SIMPLE. Although, his tests made no sense, as the questions are like (literally): “In 1810: _________________. Choose A…., B…., C…., or D…..”. It’s all from the book, so you have to make sure that you study. It really doesn’t matter what he lectures because he has no PowerPoints or anything. I don’t think he knows his way around PP either, LOL. Anyways, if you study and do your stuff, your fine. GPH1100 counted as a science (I forgot which kind – probably physical science) requirement for my Gen Ed. I passed the first exam with an A, bombed the second, dont know the third and got an A on the Final Binder – giving me a final score of a B. I was satisfied.

PS1010 was the funnest! My high school friends were in that class and distractions came easily. However, distractions or not, it didnt realy matter. I passed with an A, all because of my friends (<3). The professor I had in that class was one of Wayne State’s best. No class on the days he assigns exams, quizzes and papers. No homework – just class participation work. Literally, all you have to do in that class is come in, sign in, and answer any questions he asks throughout lecture and then youre done. All of his exams/quizzes are ONLINE, so you can always have an easy opportunity to pass them. PS1010 was the one American Institution and History requirement I needed to fulfil for my Gen Ed.

I am looking forward to my next semester. I will be taking my last science course! However, I am also thinking of taking Anatomy – just to be on the safe side for any future degrees. My friends are nursing and pharmacy students, so I dont want to lose the opportunity of taking that class with friends. For the next semester, I am registered for BIO2200 w/Lab on Wednesdays and Fridays, COM1010 (Gen Ed requirement), my first Nutrition class –  NFS2030, and PSY2010 (Gen Ed requirement).

I’ll let everyone know how it goes once I’m a few weeks into the semester.
Till then, be happy, healthy and above all – NOURISHED! ^_^

Feb 13 / Mohammed Razon

A Few Weeks into Semester 2

So, it’s been a few weeks into semester 2 and I already have a good vibe about what the outcome will be. This semester, I am taking Biology 1510 with 1510 Lab, Regional Geography 1100, and Political Science 1010. Yes, I did chose the same professor that taught Biology 1050 last year and I still do enjoy her class. I’ll admit, biology is the hardest class I have this semester, but again – like last year, I have joined a learning community that benefits me immensely. Lab on the other hand is also pretty okay. I have it once a week every Friday morning, and we begin with a quiz (which are open notes). However, writing the notes is a pain in the butt, seeing that I end up writing 6 pages of notes for every quiz.

As for GPH-1100 (Regional Geo), that class is pure bull-honkey. Yes, it’s an easy A (or B), but it feels completely pointless. The professor I had (not saying names) is a little old and lives to tell all the stories of places he’s been to and whatnot. He goes on so many tangents, it’s not even funny. However, I have an A in that class and I’m not trying, so I can’t complain. The only reason why Im taking it is because I needed to take a 4 credit class and to cross a science off of my general education requirements. Political Science 1010 is an easy A, too. All the tests and quizzes are online and there is no class for those days that the assessments are released. I have many of my high school friends in that class, so it’s pretty enjoyable.

As you may have already guessed, I am only taking 3 classes and a lab, adding up to 12 credits this semester. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. I planned out my schedule very smart, so that I wont have any exams or quizzes consecutively on the same day. GPH-1100 has tests on Mondays, usually, and BIO-1510 is always on a Wednesday. BIO-1510 Lab Exams and quizzes are always on a Friday.

Dec 23 / Mohammed Razon

End of 1st Semester

My first day of classes was on August 27th, 2012. I was only taking 4 classes — Biology 1050, Biology 1050 Discussion, Math 0993, English 1020, and Sociology 2000.

College for me was an amazing experience… without being too overwhelming. I really enjoyed the openness and freedom there was on campus. I will admit, the first week, I was completely lost. I did not know which building the DeRoy Auditorium was and especially the Science and Engineering Lab. All of my classes were at State Hall, the DeRoy Auditorium, and the Science and Engineering Lab. Whenever I was out of class, you would either find me walking to parking structure 5 on my way home, or at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library (UGL).

Let me be honest with you — I was NOT prepared for Math. Even though it was a 0993 course, I was struggling through it! I have always had a weak foundation in Algebra since middle school, and 0993 was a remedial course, preparing students to take Math 1000, which was university standards and meeting the gen. ed. requirement. If you think you\’re pretty good in math but just did craptastic on the ACT/SAT math portion or on the Math Proficiany/Placement Exam (WSU or Equivalent), then go ahead and take that class. However, if you really do struggle in math (like me), DO NOT waste your time in that class and apply for the Rising Scholars Program (RSP) for Math 0993. Generally, Math 0993 is an online math class (weird, right?) and takes place in a computer lab in the SEL (Science and Engineering Library). Be careful when doing homework, quizzes and tests on the computers because if you capitalize a variable or accidentally put in a comma for a period, there is no such thing as partial credit. It will mark your answer wrong. I cannot stress this enough. Also, be prepared for an average of four homework assignments a week – each being around 20-40 questions. Because it\’s an online class, the instructor can assign as many questions he/she wants because they wont ever have to hand check it since the computer does it for them. Either you score 100% on every homework, or you lose an entire point, even if you have a 99%. Also, because it\’s ONLY available one day a week and you\’re stuck for 3 hours in a lab, the instructor will often lecture/teach 3 or 5 different concepts in one lecture. For me, I got an slight understanding of one concept, but before I could fully understand, the instructor moved on to some completely different one. This is a remedial class… it should be MORE than one day a week! Students need attention in this kind of math and it only makes sense to teach it rigorously. It should also be in a classroom. Not a lab. This way, the teacher and student can communicate better and they can see where you go wrong in problem solving and at least give half credit.
To sum it up — If you suck at math like me, apply into the RSP and then take this class, if not, then dont take it – it wont count towards your degree anyways. Keep taking the math placement exam and score high or just take math at a community college.

As for English 1020, I really enjoyed it. The instructor was very laid back and cool, and we managed to get our stuff done. If you scored low on writing and reading on your ACT/SAT, you\’re going to be placed into English 1010. Try to get English 1020 by scoring high on the ACT or taking a placement exam. 1010 isnt that bad from what I hear.

Biology 1050 was the most interesting. I learned a lot of new things, even if it was an introduction to life science. The professor was really knowledgeable about it and was always on point. After lecture, we would be going off into our study groups/learning communities with a peer mentor that was assigned to us. Our study group became so close, that we decided to take the next biology class together. Hurray!

Sociology 2000 was really awesome — only because the instructor was. In fact, sociology was the only prereq I crossed off my list for my Dietetics major for that semester. It was an interesting class and the instructor even knew my name — which is RARE and AWESOME in college.

So over all, I really enjoyed college. Wayne State University has a lot to offer. You wont regret it.
…Well, maybe the math, but other than that… \”you be aiite\”.

May 8 / Mohammed Razon

Hello and Welcome!

I am a new student at Wayne State University and I will be entering as a CLAS student during Fall 2012. I will post monthly about my experiences here at Wayne State for future students to read and get an understanding of WSU.

I look forward to my first year of college and hope that it goes well until my four years are up! 🙂