Well, that went by quick. One thing’s for sure — I’ve definitely forgotten everything I supposedly learned in general chemistry. Yeah, covering a semester’s worth of information in a month is pretty intense, but in some ways it’s better for me. Being subjected to the material for a full three lectures per day, four days a week, doesn’t give me much time to forget anything. And the pace of the course forces me to hit the book every day, whether to do the homework or just stay current in the text. The lecture and lab take up about six hours of the day, and I probably put in an extra four hours or so at home. I suppose that’s not unreasonable, but I’m very glad that Fridays are free. It’s certainly a good crash-course reintroduction to the world of academics. I’m pleased enough to see that I haven’t lost my ability to reason through the course material, but I’m definitely rusty when it comes to calculations and some alarmingly simple math. It’s coming back, but I need more practice…which ties in nicely with the intensive nature of the summer schedule.

I more or less have to ace both terms of the summer to be admitted into the post-bac program this fall, so there’s plenty of internal pressure and motivation to do well. I’m no longer expecting to be reintroduced to anything at this point; it’s all basically new to me (again), so my uphill climb is no steeper or easier than anyone else’s. If anything, it’s easier for the ones who are either still undergrads or who have recently graduated. Work is not pleasant or easier than school, but the academic rigor required to attain the level of success I need is uniquely intense. And the stakes are much higher for me than they have ever been. It is perhaps fitting that I have worked harder since June 7th than I ever did as a regular student. I hope the fruits of my labor are sweet.

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