Much of my long weekend was spent writing up a lab report, which is still unfinished, for MICB 323. I do not like writing lab reports because they are not the best use of my time and effort — they don’t teach me much, and I often get marks taken off for silly things, like for omitting a small, hardly relevant detail in my introduction, or using a dotted line instead of a solid line, or for writing too much in the Materials and Methods section even though there was no given word limit, etc.
Transferring my data from my lab notebook to my computer into fancy tables and graphs that no one will really read is truly a task from which I learn little, because I, like most people, already know how to use basic functions in the likes of Excel and Word.
So many things to memorize :( although not as much as when Baker/Krisinger taught the course. I memorized the structures for cytosine and guanine and now I’ve pretty much completely forgot them. Sigh what to do…
I’m kind of lost in this course actually. I’m going to try to read my notes for once tomorrow! It also doesn’t help that the topic notes are posted after they’ve been covered in class for many of them, which makes it kind of difficult to follow along. We’re learning about supressor mutations or something… extragenic suppressor mutations..
There are a lot of things to memorize in this course. The only real thing I’ll take away from this course is that there are a lot of badass molecular biology techniques for identifying virulence factors that I didn’t know about and that are pretty damn cool and ingenious. Otherwise, this course is full of memorizing things that I will not remember a year from now (just like most courses!) like for example, what all the 20 or however many Pap proteins do in pilus formation in whatever bacterium.
We looked at computer simulations of population health. In particular, we looked at zombies :D it was kind of interesting. Fortunately, I passed the lab exam even though I spent all of 10 minutes looking at the files beforehand. I know some people said it was basically memorizing the code, but I think that’s only if you’re not good at coding and weren’t paying attention in previous labs… if you did, you didn’t really have to memorize anything at all in preparation for the lab exam. What is also fortunate is that even though I didn’t study patterns at all, I didn’t get that file either… I probably would have failed, from what other people have said about it.
I wish I went into computer science (or did a Combined Major in CS and Microbio)… it seems like jobs in that field pay better and also there are more job opportunities. Also, I find programming kind of fun sometimes, although I realize that’s only a small part of what computer science actually is.