Chemistry

Why I’m a Chemistry major while knowing nothing about Chemistry. –Griffin

I have taken one Chemistry class before declaring myself a Chemistry major. Chemistry honors 10th grade, I learned one thing, how to draw a mole. No, not the unit of the animal. You could say I know about as much Chemistry as a 6th grader and you would be right. So why on Earth would I declare a major I know nothing about before I even start college?

AFROTC and Brown Tuition

So in case you are unaware basically every private school in the US of A costs roughly $50k-$60k in tuition + roughly $15k room and board. Like most people I do not have $75k to spend every year just laying around, so I competed for and received an AFROTC scholarship. The Air Force pays my tuition and I do ROTC and serve for 4 years after college. What does this have to do with Chemistry? Well when you have a AFROTC scholarship they give you a list of majors to pick from and you must decide your major before June of High School Senior Summer. I picked Chemistry off the list because I want to be a doctor.

Serving 4 years after College

“Wait how can you be a doctor if you have to serve after college” you ask? Well there is another Air Force scholarship for med school they have 25 slots for it nationwide. This is the part where you go “This guy is crazy he thinks he will get 1 of 25 spots nationwide”. What if I told you last year only 26 people applied for it and 24 of them got it. Kinda spins the whole only 25 spots thing on its head, I mean that’s a 92% acceptance rate. And that’s a full tuition scholarship to any med school. So how on Earth is no one cashing in on this? Doctors don’t want to be in the military. Its as simple as their pay is substantially less. It’s also quite difficult to juggle military responsibilities, med school, and any kind of social life. Most people think pre-med studies are overwhelming on their own try adding military training responsibility to that as well.

I can handle it

Not because I’m some kind of god at time management, or a supreme genius, but I planned for this and that’s why I picked Brown. Brown offers a lot of wiggle room in terms of grading policy, class schedule and overall schedule flexibility. There are no core requirements at Brown, I can take whatever I want which means I’m going to have the time to take Chemistry, AFROTC, and pre-med classes.

In terms of chemistry, we know no chemistry

But I will have plenty of time to learn because of Browns flexibility. Well that’s the idea anyway.

That’s all I got about chemistry. –Griffin

In terms of chemistry, we know no chemistry

But I will have plenty of time to learn because of Browns flexibility. Well that’s the idea anyway.

That’s all I got about chemistry. –Griffin

Published by gdogjam

Brown University 2024 College Student Life Blogger

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