Finding my Element

I will start off by saying that physical sciences classes at Quest are a challenge, to say the least, but they are incredible – if you put the work in! Imagine falling asleep every night dreaming of halogenation reactions and five carbon chains, working out problems and figuring out solutions in your head & with peers each waking minute. Physical sciences at Quest immerse you into a new reality that you’ve only ever touched the basis of before and certainly have never had so much fun doing. That’s right, I said fun. Not only are these amazing classes some of the hardest classes you will take at Quest (if you chose to), they are absolutely the most enjoyable. Each night there is a new problem to think about and each one is just as difficult as the last. It’s like playing brainteasers and building puzzles all the time, except you’re with your whole class and its real stuff! (…Except for resonance structures)

Students working in class.
Students working in class.

This is the reality that I’ve had the opportunity to experience while in Organic Chemistry at Quest. For the past three weeks I’ve gone to class from 9am to 12pm where I get the base principles of what I’m learning that day. Next, I take a 1h break for lunch and get back into the swing of things. My whole class meets, or at least a group of us almost every evening or afternoon. We work through the problems of our assignments, do readings together or work through any thing we are struggling with together. If we come to a roadblock, where no one knows the answer, there is never a shortage of resources. Our tutor, Bob Perkins, is almost always in his office or circling the library to answer any questions we may have. On top of all this we also have a peer tutor that goes over assignments with us for 2h the night before it is due or before an exam. There is a never-ending amount of resources to help.

I have never enjoyed chemistry as much as I do at Quest (in fact, I wasn’t a fan at all during high school). I think this is because I am not forced to memorize the processes but I’m actually learning what is happening within the molecules. And once I started realizing just how cool all these tiny molecules around us are, I couldn’t help but try my hardest to understand the material. Of course to succeed you need to put in a heap load of work and effort, but if you do it pays off so much. There is no better feeling than knowing your hard work has paid off by a good mark. I have been converted into a chemistry lover and I know it’s because I have been able to fully understand what is being taught to me thanks to the Quest model.

Organic Chemistry class smiling for a picture.
Organic Chemistry class smiling for a picture.

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