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Cole Astin

ColeAstin

Phone:

801-995-5529

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Amazing!

Hobbies/fun facts: A few of my favorite things include playing guitar, watching Parks and Rec on repeat, going to the gym with my wonderful wife, and playing with my little dog!

 What I love about chemistry: Its simple elegance. There are so many things in this world that can be explained through organic chemistry!

Advice to students: This class is seriously so much fun. It is rigorous, but 100% doable. Put the time in on studying and understanding the concepts and you will reap the benefits! You can do it!

Tanner Smith

TannerSmith

 Email: 

Tanner.rigby.smith@gmail.com

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Hobbies/fun facts: I LOVE golfing.

What I love about chemistry:

Mechanisms.

Advice to students: The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.

Mingyang Zhang

Ming

Phone: 

435-553-5790

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Graduate School in Chemistry.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Challenging

Hobbies/fun facts: I like tennis, hiking and video games, I'm bilingual.

What I love about chemistry: I love the mechanisms, it explains why certain reactions happen.

Advice to students: Practice is key, always do the smith homework problems and ask for help. The discussion worksheets are a great insight to what the exam is like.

Josh Bromley

JoshBromley

Email:

joshdavid.bromley@gmail.com

 

Major: Physics

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Passionate

Hobbies/fun facts: Cyclist, runner, fly fisherman, nordic skier.

What I love about chemistry: I love problems solving - its like a game!

Advice to students: Familiarize yourself with the material before lecture and discussion.

Brett Crump

BrettCrump

Phone: 

801-931-8585

Major: Economics

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Rewarding

Hobbies/fun facts: 100% guaranteed nobody can beat in me in Harry Potter trivia.

What I love about chemistry: It's like a puzzle you've got to figure out. Nothing is more satisfying than solving chemistry puzzles!

Advice to students: As you read each chapter in the Smith textbook, create a summary/cheatsheet on a blank piece of printer paper containing the information you think is most important from the chapter. Review these periodically and use them to help you study for exams.

 Jamie Cayias

JamieCayias

Email: jamie.cayias@gmail.com

 

 

 

Major: Human Development and Family Studies

What are your future plans? Medical School 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Intriguing

Hobbies/fun facts: I love to run, hike, Greek dance, and eat food!

 What I love about chemistry: You learn it pieces like a puzzle, but when you start putting it all together you start to recognize it everywhere! (especially food!)

Advice to students: If you are even slightly confused on a topic ask for clarification! It will most likely come back later and you will have wished you'd ask. When you get your test back go over it with your TA or a friend and fix those mistakes as soon as possible so you don't repeat them in the future. Also, have fun!

Vista Lloyd

VistaLLoyd

 

Major: Anthropology

What are your future plans: Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic Chemistry: Adventure

Hobbies/fun Facts: My favorite hobbies are mountain biking, hiking, skiing, camping, and pretty much anything that has to do with outdoors.

What I love about chemistry: I love figuring out how all the molecules react with one another and how that applies to the medical profession.

Advise to students: DON’T GET BEHIND. Holly will say this all through the class but it is true “Organic Chemistry is a marathon not a sprint.” Study everyday, practice the smith problems, redo discussion worksheets, quizzes, and tests, attend class, and don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Heather Cummins

HeatherCummings

Email: 

hmcummins96@gmail.com 

Phone: 

435-602-2835

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? LOVE

Hobbies/fun facts: I love hiking, skiing, and traveling! I also love fall because it is football season! Go Utes!

What I love about chemistry: Chemistry is amazing because it explains everything about our world. If you want to know how antibiotics work or where rocket fuel comes from, chemistry has the answers. It is so elegant and amazing to learn about these things!

Advice to students: Everything is going to be okay! If you study the material and work hard, organic chemistry will be a great class, and always keep in mind that we are here to help you in any way we can!

Jordan Nelson

JordanNelson 

Email:

 

u0776429@utah.edu

Major: Exercise and Sports Science

What are your future plans? Medical School 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Intrigued

Hobbies/fun facts: I love music! I've played piano for 14 years, drums for 8, and owned a mobile DJ business for 6.

What I love about chemistry: How applicable it is to real life! I look at almost everything in terms of chemistry now.

Advice to students: Do every assignment and piece of homework that Holly makes available! The variety of different learning methods helps you learn the subject so much quicker.

Melina Bachtar

MelinaBachtar

Email:

m.bachtar@gmail.com

 

Major: Exercise and Sports Science

What are your future plans? Pharmacy School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Exciting

Hobbies/fun facts: I love hiking, skiing, running, and anything outdoors. My greatest passion is traveling.

What I love about chemistry: When it comes to organic chemistry, I love how everything works and flows together. It's exciting to see how just knowing the basics can allow you to solve long mechanism or synthesis questions.

Advice to students: Do not give up! This is a difficult subject but is also fun and exciting. Utilize your resources; take advantage of all of the TA's and the SI sessions that are available. Read the book and do book problems weekly on each chapter.

Huy Doan

 HuyDoan

Email:

luonghuy2703@yahoo.com

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Mysterious

Hobbies/fun facts: I love cooking.

What I love about chemistry: It is very practical subject that I can apply in my life.

Advice to students: Re-do and pay attention to all the PDQ and Discussion Worksheets.

Tate Matthews

TateMatthews

Phone: 

801-580-7270

Email: 

tatermat3@gmail.com

 

Major: Psychology 

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?   Tingly

Hobbies/fun facts: When I use a public restroom I always put toilet paper down on the seat first.

What I love about chemistry: It is an elegant pattern of trends and logic that is like a fun puzzle. I also love trying to visualize the molecules interacting in 3D.

Advice to students: Do the Reactions worksheet like 20 times and once you can do it fast without thinking too hard you should be good.

Alexandra Grow

AlexandraGrow

Phone:

8018976018

Email:

alijgrow@gmail.com

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Excited

Hobbies/fun facts: I love climbing (though I'm not very good at it, but I'd like to think it's a work in progress), being outdoors, going to music festivals, and traveling often (my favorite place is Norway).

What I love about chemistry: I love Organic Chemistry because each problem is like a puzzle. I enjoy trying to figure out how to get from one molecule to another, whether it be a mechanism or a synthesis problem. Plus, I feel so accomplished when I complete a problem that I've been struggling with for a while.

Advice to students: Organic Chemistry is not something that can be learned overnight and it can definitely not be memorized. Utilizing your TA's, going to SI, and having a group of people to study with is extremely helpful! If you and your friends get together to study for a couple of hours every day, it can not only make O-Chem manageable, but enjoyable and fun as well.

Nicholas Duke

NicholasDuke

Email: 

u0660012@utah.edu

 

Major: Psychology 

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Engrossing

Hobbies/fun facts: I especially enjoy catching bugs and other creatures, hiking and exploring with my wife, reading textbooks (jkjk), running, lifting weights, and I would not be writing this if I did not sincerely enjoy o. chem.

What I love about chemistry: I like how chemistry becomes predictable. There are a set of laws that nature follows the majority of the time; however, chemistry always does something unexpected, which gives it a spontaneous fluffy personality. I appreciate how kinetics, and thermodynamics, discussed in General Chemistry I and II are very applicable in to the material covered in organic chemistry. The greatest thing of all is that chemistry is applicable to self. Organic reactions occur in our own bodies as well as the environments in which we place ourselves. Guys and gals, that means that it is applicable to everyday life.

Advice to students: I caught a snake the other day near a river. My wife practically called me a murderer because I flung it into the river. The truth she discovered from the whole silly situation was that I knew snakes could swim the whole time. Guys, organic chemistry might seem intimidating, but you can do it. Sit down pull out the worksheets and try. I have planted a genuine seed of faith that if I do this, I will indeed succeed. You can do the same. Snakes may look scary, slimy, and poisonous, but they they are just as scared, if not more scared, of us then we are of them. I invite you to ignore all that you have heard or read about how people feel about o. chem. and embark on a quest to find out for yourself.

Hodan Abdi

 HodanAbdi

 Email: 

hodan.i.abdi1@gmail.com

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Exciting

Hobbies/fun facts: My hobbies include playing soccer, reading non-fiction stories and spending time with my friends and family.

What I love about chemistry: I love the problem solving aspect of chemistry. I love chemistry because it helped me understand more about how atoms work and why atoms react the way they do.

Advice to students: Attend the discussions and ask questions. Do the "end of the chapter" problems before class.

Rachel Lee 

RachelNicholls

Email: 

rachelnicholls9@gmail.com

 

Major: Chemistry 

What are your future plans? High School Teacher

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Obsessed

Hobbies/fun facts: I love playing tennis, boating, hiking, and pretty much anything that can get me outside!

What I love about chemistry: I love how things happening at the atomic level make up everything in our lives, and how changing just one small thing about a tiny molecule alters it's entire function. It is fascinating to me that something so simple can do so much.

Advice to students: Don't be afraid to ask questions! You can't memorize organic chemistry, you need to understand the WHY behind it. No matter the question we can find an answer for you!

Craig Hanson

CraigHanson

Email: 

craighanson88@gmail.com

Phone: 801-706-5950

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Coolbeans

Hobbies/fun facts: Snowboarding and a whole lotta netflix!

What I love about chemistry: I think it's fascinating to learn about the smallest interactions at the atomic level, and the effects those changes have on the macro world.

Advice to students: This class is a lot like sports. Some people have natural ability and some need to practice constantly. Do problem after problem, make your own, google some! Just keep at it and you'll start to love it!

Sara Augustine

SaraAugustine

Email: 

sara.aug14@gmail.com

 

Major: Physics

What are your future plans?

Either Medical School or Chemistry Grad School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Fun

Hobbies/fun facts: My main interests outside of science are traveling, exploring, and photography.

What I love about chemistry: It's like solving a puzzle! it's really fun if you like critical thinking.

Advice to students: Do all the extra practice available and use resources.

Truc Vuong

TrucVuong

Email:

u1001459@utah.edu

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? 

Graduate school in biology (specifically genetics)

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

LOVE

Hobbies/fun facts:  I am a nerd :) . I like working in my current lab, and doing research on genetics. I also like reading, listening to music, and spending time with my family and friends.

Fun fact: I am an international student from Sai Gon (Vietnam), and I am currently work in Drosophila genetic lab in the Department of Biology.

What I love about chemistry: 

I love chemistry because it makes you have to thing critically when solving the problems, and chemistry happens all the time around our lives. Besides, for me, understanding chemistry help me understand a lot of biological processes.

Advice to students: Organic chemistry might look challenge at the beginning. However, don't be afraid. Make sure you understand the materials and the concepts solidly. In order to do this, try to pre-read the material before classes (I pre-read the material for the following week during the weekend), and work through all the Smiths' problem (they are really good starting points). Do your best on the problems given during and after discussion. It is very important that you understand the "why" behind each problem. Don't hesitate asking any questions to the TAs, and professor Sebahar.

Presley Azarcon

PresleyAzarcon

Email: 

presleyazarcon@gmail.com

Phone: 

303-908-4158

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Excited!

Hobbies/fun facts: I love being outside! Camping, hiking, climbing, and running are some of my favorite hobbies.

What I love about chemistry: Organic Chemistry is kind of like a giant puzzle. It's fun trying to figure out how all of the pieces work together.

Advice to students: Everyone is capable of doing well in this class, it truly is a matter of pulling out those cat claws! Don't lose hope if you ever find yourself struggling (I failed my second exam). There are so many resources available to help sharpen those claws and get you back on the right track.

Thomas (Tom) Gordon

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Phone:

801-462-9848

Major: International Studies

What are your Future plans?  

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Excited

Hobbies/fun facts: I love music and dancing. I ballroom dance and play guitar and piano.

What I love about chemistry: I love how much it feels like a puzzle to solve. Doing mechanisms feels a lot like doing a sudoku or a maze. The feeling that you get at the end when things click and the molecule comes together is the best feeling.

Advice to students: Don't give up! Just because you had one bad test or quiz doesn't mean you can't do well in the class.

Kade Loveridge 

Kade Loveridge

Email: 

kade.loveridge17@gmail.com

Phone:

801-821-6000

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Passionate

Hobbies/fun facts: I love to ski, play soccer, and I am a total foodie.

What I love about chemistry: It is intellectually stimulating, challenging, and it gives me perspective into what a fascinating and spectacular universe we live in. 

Advice to students: Don't just try to get a grade. If you can learn to be genuinely interested in the subject then the grade will follow and it will be much more enjoyable.

Thanakorn (TK) Baker

TKBaker

Email: 

tannkb@gmail.com

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Dental School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Art

Hobbies/fun facts: I do landscape paintings and charcoal/pastel portraitures. I'm bilingual and I'm Thai!

What I love about chemistry: Chemistry allows anyone to use their imagination to solve puzzles. It's where creativity can explode into a reality, like literally!

Advice to students: Discussions and homework are essential for organic chemistry. If organic chemistry is art, the more you practice the better you draw.

Aaron Hoenig 

Aaron

Phone: 385-282-3588

Email:

ahoenig3@gmail.com

 

Major: Biology and Theatrical Sound Design

What are your future plans? 

PA School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Love 

Hobbies/fun facts: I'm into theatre, specifically the technical aspect. I also like climbing and video games. Fun fact - I've been sprayed by mace before.

What I love about chemistry: The puzzle of seeing how everything fits together.

Advice to students: Make sure to do all the homework and most of all never get behind in class.

Camille Lewandowski

CamilleLewandowski

 
Phone: (385) 315-9396

 

Major: Mathematics 

What are your future plans? Teaching/Graduate School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Challenge

Hobbies/fun facts: I have danced all my life, and I currently teach tap dance. I played classical piano for 10 years. I am a cat lady and have two wonderful kitties.

What I love about chemistry: I love how chemistry (specifically O Chem) requires not only problem solving and critical thinking skills, but also a level of creativity.

Advice to students: Aim for understanding, not memorizing, throughout the class. Do the homework problems--they will help. Don't give up! This class will require hard work, but if you put in the effort, you can succeed. Ask the TA's--we are here to help. You can do this!

James Barker

JamesBarker

Email: 

desjbarker@gmail.com

Phone:

801-243-0108

 

Major: Spanish

What are your future plans? Medical School 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Interesting

Hobbies/fun facts: I love to be outdoors, see new places, meet new people, and eat. For the last year I have travelled somewhere each month. I ski, hike, bike, golf, and play soccer.

What I love about chemistry: Chemistry can be fun because it allows you to be creative in the problem solving process. I love the feeling of working through a problem and coming out the other side with the correct answer and I feel like Chemistry allows you to do this. It also challenges you to think back and remember things you have previously learned, which helps me to believe that what I am learning is applicable not only to chemistry class but also in life.

Advice to students: Solving problems in this class is like solving a puzzle, sometimes you have to try a few different pieces or ideas before one fits. Don't be afraid to try to solve problems a few different ways, if your first thought doesn't workout try to think of another route that would work. I thought this class was extremely rewarding when the problems could be solved but also frustrating when I didn't know how to start so use all the resources Holly provides.

Liza Zenger

LizaZenger

Phone: 

801-419-8580

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Vet School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Love.

Fun Facts: I've met Zac Efron (he's even better looking in person). The first thing on my bucket list is to travel down the Amazon River. 

Hobbies: Soccer, running, skiing, volunteering.

What I love about chemistry: Understanding organic chemistry opens a whole new perspective on every day life and adds a new level of thought. Soon enough, you find yourself imagining the molecular interactions in anything from olive oil to toothpaste.

Advice to students: If you're struggling, don't delay asking for help! No one can beat the person that works hard.

 John Nguyen

JohnNguyen

Email:

johnny.nguyen@utah.edu

Phone: 

801-864-4877

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Exciting

Hobbies/fun facts: 

What I love about chemistry:

Advice to students:

-Ochem is a subject that tests problem-solving abilities not memorization skills so make sure to understand concepts and relationships instead of memorizing.
-Find a study group
-Don't be afraid to ask for help, there are tons of resources (Holly, TA's, Study Center, etc.)
-Study regularly and don't cram!
 

Michelle Ngo

MichelleNgo

 Email: 

michellekkngo@gmail.com

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Challenging

Hobbies/fun facts: I love to travel, try different types of food, and spend time with friends & family!

What I love about chemistry: I love that there are so many different ways to go about a synthesis. Also, the feeling of accomplishment when I solve a difficult problem!

Advice to students: Pre-reading the chapter before class will do wonders. Try not to get behind and make sure to ask questions! Do not freeze on a test question, you know the material. Sit and think it through. Do not give up. If one thing doesn't work, try another. Yes, you will need to study hard, but it will be VERY rewarding in the end!

Carly Shields

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Email:

carlyshields@gmail.com

Phone:

801-699-3040 

Major: Human Development and Family Studies

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Enriching 

Hobbies/fun facts: Some of my favorite things include kids, piano, BBQ sauce, onions, Earl Grey Tea, skiing, hiking (really anything outdoors), journaling, friends and family.

What I love about chemistry: Organic Chemistry is one of the most challenging classes I have ever taken and yet it is also by far my favorite class. By challenging me to think differently than I ever had before, O-Chem gave me confidence, a strong new skill set and a mindset that science can be fun!

Advice to students: My biggest advice is to stay on top of O-Chem. Always do (and re-do) the homework, PDQ’s and discussion worksheets. Never be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS until you understand every topic thoroughly. Also, good study buddies make O-Chem much more enjoyable (and less overwhelming). Find someone you work well with and arrange a time every week to work together.

 Sang Hoon Oh

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Email: 

u0723395@utah.edu

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Pharmacy School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Puzzle

Hobbies/fun facts: I would like to play table tennis and ride a bicycle. Also, cooking is one of my best interesting things.

What I love about chemistry: Any knowledge of chemistry tells us about how and why nature works.

 Advice to students: Please don't just memorize organic chemistry, and try to understand logics or mechanism behind the reaction.

 Colin Kitz

ColinKitz

Email: 

u0937905@utah.edu

Phone: 

208-559-5954

 

Major: Engineering

What are your future plans? 

Grad school, R&D, industry.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

BestclassIvetakenattheU

Hobbies/fun facts: I love the outdoors, soccer, reading, and school! I'm from Boise, and I lived the in the Philippines for five years.

What I love about chemistry: It's very much like a puzzle, in that you must figure out what electrons go where, and how different molecules react with one another.

Advice to students: Do the homework problems! Start studying long before the exam: there's lots to know! Work with other students: explaining your thought process to other people is a great study tool!

 Riley Pence

  RileyPence

Email: 

435-757-0717

Phone:

riley.pence31@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Enamored

Hobbies/fun facts: In my family we speak a combined total of 10 languages, and my favorite fruit is watermelon.

What I love about chemistry: Everything follows patterns and laws. It's incredibly structured.

Advice to students: Smith homework and rxn worksheets are an absolute must if you want to understand the material. Repitition is key!

Thomas Thorup

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Phone:

385-321-2067

 

Major: Accounting

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Eye-opening

Hobbies/fun facts: I like most sports, travel and have lived in Hawaii and Paris previously.

What I love about chemistry: It answers many everyday questions that we have about the world.

Advice to students: Develop an Organic Chemistry work ethic as soon as possible.

 

 

Skyler Griffin

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Email: 

skyler.r.griffin@gmail.com

Phone:

602-531-3411

Major: Exercise and Sports Science

What are your future plans? Dental School 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Favorite

Hobbies/fun facts: Any and all board sports, volleyball, basketball, and swimming.

What I love about chemistry: I love learning about how different materials can come together to create bigger and better things.

Advice to students: Learn to love Organic Chemistry because then it is fun rather than a chore.

Kayley Cheminant

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Email: 

kayleycheminant@gmail.com

 

Major: International Studies; Global Health emphasis

What are your future plans? 

Medical school

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Elegant

Hobbies/fun facts: I love traveling, skiing, and basically any activity outdoors. I spent Summer 2017 interning for a non-profit in Spain.

What I love about chemistry: I love that Chemistry is a big intricate web that all connects in some way. It is so fun to study and figure out why certain things are the way they are. I love small details and Organic Chemistry gives a glimpse into the why and how.

Advice to students: Build yourself a strong foundation in the beginning of the course because everything builds. If you are unclear on a concept, get assistance before you get overwhelmed. Organic Chemistry 2310 was VERY difficult for me in the beginning. It took awhile for it to click so don’t get frustrated if it is taking you longer than your peers. Find a study group that you work well with because you can all hold each other accountable to study consistently.

Christina Steadman

ChristinaSteadman

 Email:

Christina.marie.llc@gmail.com

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Graduate School in Chemistry

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Enchanted

Hobbies/fun facts: I enjoy cooking, jogging, dancing to good music in the car, sci-fi and fantasy books, Dr Mario, easy hikes and playing the cello when I can!

What I love about chemistry: I love the challenge that it presents and how elegantly it all works together. Every element seems to have a personality and a way of interacting with other elements.Understanding chemistry is a life-long adventure with so many possibilities!

Advice to students: If you are intimidated or struggle to focus on you own, form a study group with people that have similar or higher grade goals than you. Plan to still get in around 5 or more hours a week of individual study time too. DO ALL THE ASSIGNED PROBLEMS! Enjoy the beautiful adventure!

 Forest Riekhof

Forest

Email:

Forest.Riekhof@gmail.com

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Enthusiastic

Hobbies/fun facts: I love chemistry and medicine, and enjoy traveling in my free time.

What I love about chemistry: It's ability to explain the world as we see it in extraordinary detail

Advice to students: Organic chemistry is like a language- while there is some memorization, recognizing patterns will get you much further in this class! This is why I recommend Organic chemistry as a second language by Klein to build a good foundation in the first month.

Eric Reece 

Eric Reece 

Email: ericjr.0805@gmail.com

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Medical School/Chemistry Graduate School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Enlightening

Hobbies/fun facts: I speed skate competitively, Elon Musk is my hero, and I love star wars.

What I love about chemistry: It’s a way of understanding nature and the universe at it’s most fundamental level.

Advice to students: Think of the problems like a puzzle and never be afraid to ask for help. Do and redo as many problems as possible. Practice makes perfect.

 Jason Tey

 JasonTEy

Email: 

csjasontey96@gmail.com

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School. 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Awe-inspiring

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I LOVE tennis!

What I love about chemistry: 

Advice to students: 

Chemistry is a complement to biology. It really helps me to learn and understand the biological processes in our body -- way better than learning them through rote rehearsals and without ever understanding how they happen.

1) Please work super duper hard during the introduction chapters to organic chemistry at the beginning. Don't get distracted from them. They will really help you down the road to understand why the different reactions go on as they do. 2) I also recommend honing your skills using the discussion and post-discussion worksheets; I made sure that I got the "correct" understanding for each of those problems. I annotated my worksheets as well; I wrote down my own thoughts. You always hear about to think out loud, but I felt writing them down will let you see the explanation even clearer. 3) Don't be shy in organic chemistry. Solidarity can help to overcome a lot of things, and all of you are in this together. Go out and make study groups, either with your best buddies or new friends in the class. I had really good friends to study with, and they had given me the a-ha moments that I needed from time to time. 4) We, the TAs, are also here, because we desired to. So, please, don't feel like you are going to burden us. We want you guys to come to us for questions or whatever comfort that we may offer. We want to guide you guys down the less stressful path of organic chemistry. Good luck!

 

 

     
Last Updated: 9/13/17