Smiles & Vials

Whaddya wanna know?   Submit   21, Female, Chemistry Major, Math Minor. College Senior. I work in a polymer research laboratory. I don't know exactly what I want to do post-grad, so I decided to start a science blog that I hope will help. I intend to post about science and my own research, answer your science questions to the best of my ability and create a web of resources through the blog.

"College as explained to me in high school" vs. "College as experienced firsthand"

In high school they told us:There will be no grades in a class except the midterm and the final, so you have to study hard because failing one test means you fail the class.
Once I was in college a professor said:Hey, you guys are working really hard on your third paper, so I'm just going to cancel the final and give everyone a hundred on it.
In high school they told us:In college, class always begins exactly at the scheduled start time. If your class is at 9 AM and you get there at 9:01, the doors will be locked and you'll be out of luck, especially if it's the day of the midterm or final, because then you get a zero.
Once I was in college a professor said:Does anyone mind if I start class at 3:35 instead of 3:30? These elevators are really slow and I want to have time for a cigarette before I teach for 90 minutes.
In high school they told us:Every class you miss drops you a full letter grade in college courses.
Once I was in college almost every professor said:You can miss three classes without a penalty, and a few more if you have a Doctor's note. Sorry to be a hardass, but you automatically fail if you miss more than ten days of class.
In high school they told us:If you do have papers, your professors just lecture and put the assignments on the syllabus. You're completely responsible for remembering the deadlines, they won't remind you. All your professors will do is lecture and the rest is up to you.
Once I was in college a professor said:Okay, so your next paper is in two weeks! I'll keep reminding you in the interim, but I just want to make sure you have enough time to do it! Let's run through the structure I want to see real quick, and if you have any questions, feel free to email me or come to my office hours!
In high school they told us:You have to use MLA formatting and if you make any mistakes in your citations, it'll be considered plagiarism. You'll be expelled and probably sued.
Once I was in college almost every professor said:Please do not use MLA, it is awful, we use either APA or Chicago here because we are not 14 years old.
In high school they told me:There is no excuse for an absence. NONE.
In college I called a professor and said:I'm really, really, really sorry but it's -18 before windchill and I have to walk two miles to get to class.
The professor said:You stay inside and stay safe. Here's what we're reading today. I'll quiz you next week and if you can get a 90% I'll mark you present. I know you live off-campus, do you have food?
In high school they told me:Your advisor is just for academia, not personal problems.
In college my advisor called me:Are you okay? I haven't seen you in class in two weeks and I know you have depression. I can drop off your work if you'd like. Please call me and tell me how you're doing even if you can't get to class.
In high school they told me:Don't argue. You think this is bad, wait til college.
In college all but one of my professors said:You wanna argue, do it in a civil manner. We didn't get here today without 5000 years of healthy debate.
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nemfrog:

Spectra of various sources of light. Astronomy for the Use of Schools and Academies. 1882.

nemfrog:

Spectra of various sources of light. Astronomy for the Use of Schools and Academies. 1882.

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queen-of-love-and-beauty:

"I don’t wear makeup so I don’t have to waste like an hour in front of the mirror every morning hahahaha"

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"open books not legs"

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"why have tequila shots when you can have tea?"

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"As always, late with Starbucks"

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"modest is hottest"

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"I’m not like those girls”

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summersynthesis:

Not mine, but I’m highly envious; these massive copper acetate monohydrate crystals were grown by Sciencemadness user Pok (source)

summersynthesis:

Not mine, but I’m highly envious; these massive copper acetate monohydrate crystals were grown by Sciencemadness user Pok (source)

(via organicalchemist)

— 35 minutes ago with 32 notes
#science  #chemistry 

aruzennnn:

"Do not take rejection personally. Remember that the rejection says nothing about you as a person. Getting rejected is part of life and it is not a personal attack.”

If someone rejects you from love, it does not mean you should feel poorly of yourself or feel bad. It just means that they didn’t feel the attraction. And you cannot alter that. It just won’t work out. Wish them well!”

— 13 hours ago with 15 notes

I literally don’t know how to react to really honestly kind people who are just like homophobic like what. 
I like you so muchhhh you’re great for a beer.
I wish you would not say that.

(I usually default to, “I’m just going to be out because I know you won’t stop liking me but you will quip something I am prepared to quip back about.”)

— 15 hours ago with 3 notes
#personal 
rockon-ro:

CHALCANTHITE (Copper Sulfate) crystals that were grown in a laboratory by allowing a saturated solution of copper sulfate to slowly evaporate. The beautiful electric blue colour is typical of laboratory grown chalcanthite crystals.

rockon-ro:

CHALCANTHITE (Copper Sulfate) crystals that were grown in a laboratory by allowing a saturated solution of copper sulfate to slowly evaporate. The beautiful electric blue colour is typical of laboratory grown chalcanthite crystals.

(via organicalchemist)

— 23 hours ago with 284 notes
rockon-ro:

FLUORITE (Calcium Fluoride) crystals from Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, USA. Interesting markings on the crystal face of a single fluorite crystal are probably representative of complex crystal twinning.

rockon-ro:

FLUORITE (Calcium Fluoride) crystals from Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, USA. Interesting markings on the crystal face of a single fluorite crystal are probably representative of complex crystal twinning.

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molecularbiologistproblems:

Well, that would certainly kill all the bacteria, right?

molecularbiologistproblems:

Well, that would certainly kill all the bacteria, right?

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