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Following in my mother's footsteps
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Following in my mother's footsteps

I had always told myself that I would not follow in my mother’s footsteps. Ever since she opened her own preschool for two year olds, and employed me during the summer, I have been hearing how “wonderful of a teacher I would be,” but why would I want I to be like my Mom? Sure, I admire her greatly and think she is one of the best teachers I have ever met, but I wanted to find my own path. During my freshman year, I crazily decided to take an “Intro to Education” class that counted as one of my general education requirements at the Fort (our nickname for Fort Lewis College).

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Great classes, nice people, mountains and bluegrass
Friday, March 01, 2013

Great classes, nice people, mountains and bluegrass

I will never stop loving Fridays. Since I moved to Durango there has been an amazing freedom that I feel every Friday. Yesterday my Friday started as most days do: woke up early, made tea, listened to some bluegrass, and sat on my front porch getting some early morning Durango fresh air and sunshine. After breakfast and a chat with my roommates, I walked a few minutes to the bus stop where I waited with a few friends who live near by.

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The road from history to biochemistry
Friday, February 22, 2013

The road from history to biochemistry

Sitting in a Chemistry 150 lecture at 8:00 am on a summer morning was the last place I thought I would ever find myself. When I started at Fort Lewis College, being a history major, I waited a long time to fulfill this general education requirement, a science with a lab. Despite my apprehension, I found the hands-on problem solving in chemistry invigorating and the panoply of research topics riveting. In the two following semesters, I took chemistry classes “just for fun,” and they led to a life-changing decision.

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Life-changing opportunities!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Life-changing opportunities!

Fort Lewis College is the place to experience truly life-changing opportunities.  Just in my senior year, I was afforded two once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.  First, I was the only student selected to testify on a congressional level in support of a bill that would benefit the college if it passes.  It was an amazing experience and allowed me make connections with legislators including an FLC alumnus who now works for the Obama Administration.

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Organic chemistry
Thursday, February 07, 2013

Organic chemistry

Organic chemistry is known to be one of the most feared undergraduate classes by students nationwide, the gatekeeper course for of all pre-med and pre-veterinary students, the weeder class for biology majors.  Organic chemistry is defined as the chemistry of carbon compounds. It’s a difficult course because unlike most chemistry classes it’s not mathematically based; rather, it focuses on visual interpretation and the ability to spatially arrange molecules and elucidate the synthesis of compounds.

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