Chemistry Major at California Lutheran University

Chemistry Major at California Lutheran University

September 11, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


The trick with Organic Chemistry is to connect
it to real life. Connect it to the real world. So it’s not just drawing molecules, it’s not
just understanding instrumentation, it’s knowing why that’s important for developing new pharmaceuticals,
for developing new materials, for computer displays. Anything like that. My name is Vanessa Orr, and I am a Chemistry
major and Math minor. I feel like the Chemistry program has been
very challenging, in a good way. You learn to work hard if you want to do well. The largest class I teach here at CLU for
Organic Chemistry is about thirty-forty students. I’m Hillis, I am from Livermore, California. I am a Chemistry major with a minor in Math
and a minor in scientific computing. So far I’ve taken Organic Chemistry and Modern
Chemical Applications. There is definitely no huge lecture halls
with four hundred people in it. I like the small class sizes. I could get to know my professor, get to know
the people involved in the department, and get a chance to do a hands on experience. Our department is fairly small, but there
are a lot of us that do research. My name is Bryan Simmons, I am from Santa
Clarita, California, and I am a Chemistry major. Our basically trying to do different CH activations,
so being able to functionalize groups differently and quicker, and more efficient, greener. You know, like the people in my class, my
research group, you know they are my best friends now, so its really that bonding experience
is there. We do a lot of group bonding activities. We do a lot of barbecues. And there is this group mentality, this collaborative
mentality that includes the professor. There’s so many opportunities for help and
assistance. Not only from a T.A. or a student who’s helping
in the department, but from your actual professor who has office hours and they’re willing to
help you, and they are here because they care about what you are doing. I have all their cellphones, emails, I have
home numbers. You know, it’s so easy to be able to get that
help, to be able show up to their office and knowing that they’ll be there. There are no real obstacles that you can’t
overcome if you have the brains or the motivation to do it. You certainly can. You really have to have that drive to, you
know, want to further yourself. I want to go to grad school. Hopefully go and get my PhD somewhere. And then eventually go into industry and work
in research. And we are quite the diamond in the rough. Coming here and getting involved in the Chemistry
department is going to help you be successful whether you decide to go to medical school,
PhD programs, or just start a career.