Today was Senior Project night where the seniors present all the work they’ve done in the past six or seven weeks. My presentation went pretty well and I amazed people. I think job well done? I even got a close relative of a fashion designer say that I should become a fashion designer. It’s a big deal because that family sorta is a bunch of fashion designers. I suck at a drawing and not a very trendy or fashionable person, so it’s probably not the best career for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching my classmates present. I learned a little bit of biology (Oh my!), I learned about public relations, politics, and cupcakes. Such different things, but all really interesting.
What is something else I’m taking away from this experience besides the fact that maybe I should keep my options open? My classmates are quite talented and I’m going to miss them all a lot.
My senior project is now coming to a close. I always say that every experience teaches you something and you leave each experience having learned something new. In terms of learning it doesn’t only have to be learning content or material but learning about yourself or learning how something works.
The Sceptical Chymist has had a few posts interviewing scientist in the chemistry field and one of the interviews that interested me was the one of David Chandler. One thing I didn’t really think about is that there are philosophers in the chemistry field. A theoretical chemist doesn’t do experiments they just think about chemistry (which I don’t think is any fun at all). One thing that was mentioned was the idea of self assembly.
I’ve never heard of this before. Self assembly is the theory that things that are athemselves align themselves without any external help. I decided to figure out what it meant in real life. All the pictures I found were usually of the microscopic scale. Then I found this:
(By the way the circles had magnets in them.)
I think it’s amazing how it happens. It seems like it can explain how ionic bonds occur or how Cocoa Puffs band together in your cereal bowl.
I need to find a mentor to guide me through the process of the senior project. Since I want to do something that is in the science area, I would prefer a mentor that would know a great deal about the science field or more specifically chemistry.
I will probably need a mentor that will give me deadlines. Without it I probably won’t be able to push myself to get it done by a certain time. Since I can’t write easily without a prompt, I would like a mentor who can provide questions, suggestions, and feedback. I would find it incredibly helpful.
Overall, I want a mentor that will help me get the most of my senior project.
Over the summer when I had to sit down with myself and figure out what I want to study in college I went through a list of the general areas of study. I thought about classes that I really enjoyed and can see myself continuing to pursue it. One of my answers was chemistry. Last year I took an advance chemistry course and the last bit of the class was spent doing an independent project. I loved it. I made ferrofluid. I felt I could stay in that lab for hours without complaint. I also felt that I could sit there and figure out how to make my product a lot better.
For my senior project I really want to do something that’s chemistry related. I feel any area would be fascinating to be in. Although I do have an idea of what I want to do, I have no idea where to look and who to contact besides my faculty. I honestly don’t care too much about what field or area.
A perfect day would go along the lines of:
waking up at 1 waking up early-ish, going to a lab and doing lab work. Sounds pretty boring but I think the most exciting part is doing the actually labs and watching cool stuff happen.
“HS Redesign Committee have spent nearly two years looking closely at the HS program… They have found that four words embody the LREI HS experience: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Citizenship, and Courage.” I think these are quite accurate adjectives to describe Elisabeth Irwin High School. My experience here have proven so.
Creativity: “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns,relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality,progressiveness, or imagination”
My definition: The skill it takes to be interesting.
I think I’ve had many rewarding experiences and opportunities at LREI. It was my first time taking a language course. I learned that I really love learning languages. This lead me to take a summer Chinese class all in Chinese and to going to China. Outside of school, I teach myself bits of languages (although school consumes a lot of time and energy). Taking the Feminist and Oh Boy! courses opened a door to social activism. It really introduced me to the world of it. Another opportunity that I really enjoyed is being able to take art. I really liked chorus, musical, photography, and dance.
The classes that I excelled in and enjoyed was Chinese and Chemistry. I found out that I have a talent for languages because I pick them up quite easily. I really enjoyed my independent project for chemistry. I created a functional product that is used in everyday life. I made ferrofluid and for a noob I was pretty successful at it. It was extremely satisfying to see my experiment work out.
Over the summer I taught myself how to knit and during the winter how to crochet. Continue reading