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Some insight into chemistry for me?

  1. May 12, 2014 #1
    Hello friends of Physics forum. I am a high school junior, I will be finishing up finals next week. This year, I took Honors Chemistry, arguably the hardest class i have taken so far. However, I also found it the most fascinating and intriguing class. I am a mathematically oriented person and I love throwing all these formulas around. It is unfortunately my worst grade. I am maintaining all A's this year except chemistry, which is a very low B, on the verge of a C.

    I feel my low grade is because I procrastinated with lab write-ups, did not seek to get help when needed, and did not study enough. I never really had to study for any other subjects but when I started to realize chemistry was becoming an issue, it was too late for me to repair it. This is hopefully something I can fix next year in my other upper-level science classes.

    I only really care about this because I find chemistry very intriguing and I am considering chemical engineering as a possible major in the future. The stuff we learn in chemistry makes a lot of sense to me and I love the equations and concepts. While this question is more broad in a sense, I am asking for my personal sake in chemistry. Did you struggle with something in high school that you later ended up loving a lot? While my career outlook will probably change in the future, it is hard for me to accept "defeat" against chemistry here.

    Thanks for any responses
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  3. May 12, 2014 #2
    I think its great that you have had your wake up call regarding procrastination, not studying enough and not seeking help in high school. Many students don't have that wake up call until sometime in university and by then real damage has been done.

    Your study habits are being molded right now. Do the right thing and you can still excel in university.
  4. May 12, 2014 #3
    Procrastination is a very common issue which many people have. As ModusPwnd said, it is good that you have made the realization and will work on it now. Good study habits are very important to succeed.

    Struggling in chemistry even if you enjoy it is usually not a very good reason to not study it. Maybe try a few courses in university and see if you still enjoy it, if not then you can always switch to another major.
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