Conversation Between bga1 and ChemEGopher

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  1. ChemE- thanks so much for the response! I'll pass the word to my son. Glad to hear your efforts were duly rewarded with a job in this tough market. That speaks volumes for you and the program. So far we are very impressed with the challenge the U has offered our son. Fortunately he has capabilities and study habits far beyond what mine were, so he is embracing it. Thanks again!
  2. In general, O-chem and a couple other classes that I'm guessing he is currently enrolled like ChEn2001 are designed to show students the type of effort that will be required in upper level classes. If he can master time management required to handle these classes, he should be fine in the last 2-3 years of the program. I can assure your son that the extra effort he puts in compared to his CLA friends will definitely be worth it. Even in this economy most of my classmates and I were able to get full time jobs out of school. I can't say the same for my liberal arts buddies.

    Hope this helps. Good luck to your son.

    ChemEGopher
  3. Hi bga, Sorry I just saw this message now. I just graduated in May. I can definitely sympathize with how your son is feeling. O-Chem is a tough one. I actually had to take O-Chem 1 twice. The class is difficult because it's all memorization and requires a lot of self teaching outside of the lecture. This is something most chem eng. majors are not used to (at least I wasn't). If your son is like me he is probably used to understanding things the first time they are shown to him. This is likely the first class where the material doesn't immediately "click." Tons of repetition is required to master the material. The key to that class is to not get behind and treat the suggested problems as homework and not optional (much easier said than done).
  4. ChemE Goph- are you a current chemical engineering student at the U or an alum? Reason I ask is that my son just started over there in chemical engineer this fall. He loves the challenge and is doing well though admits it is not easy- especially organic chemistry. Any advice for him? Thanks! bga1
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