I’m about to finish (if everything goes as planned) my third year of my chemistry degree and since my exams are in two days, I have nothing better to do than writing about what it’s like to spend 3 or 4 years of your life studying a science degree. It comes with a lot of great things, but it also has its cons. So whether you’re considering doing science in university or you’re just bored and looking for a fun read, this is the place -or website- to be!
1. One of the first things people tell me when I say I do chemistry is something along the lines “oh, you must be so clever!”. Regardless of it not being necessarily true, it’s pretty good for one’s self-esteem and, let’s be honest, it’s kind of nice to be told ‘how clever you are’ (don’t let it go to you head though…)
2. You feel VERY VERY cool when you know theories mentioned in movies like “Interstellar’ or you understand things like the role of lithium aluminium hydride in chemical reactions which was mentioned in a Castle episode (you don’t even understand how badass I felt when I watched that episode and knew what they were talking about before they explained it)
3. I guess you learn cool stuff in many degrees but I personally find science related things a bit more interesting, it’s not everyday that you learn how to treat cancer or how to make candles - coolest things I’ve leant in the three years of my chemistry degree so far. (P.S. No hate to all the other degrees).
1. It varied from uni to uni and depending on the degree but you’re probably going to spend A LOT of time in labs which can be very stressful and is quite likely to suck all the energy out of you, at least that’s the effect it has on me.
2. Sometimes you might use very specific vocab in everyday conversations with people who might not share your field of expertise, which might result in people giving you weird looks (aka me every time I eat a yoghurt and try to explain the person having lunch with me the behaviour of non-Newtonian liquids - don’t try this at home kids, it usually ends up with the other people being extremely clueless and lost).
3. It’s a lot of hard work, it’s not just memorising theories or understanding them, it’s BOTH. Which it’s really time consuming and can be very stressful and frustrating at time - actually, most of the time.
4. You might not be able to watch TV shows like Breaking Bad because laying in bed and watching it on Netflix almost feels like watching one of your organic synthesis lectures on Panopto, which is obviously not something I like to do for fun