I thought today I’d post a light-hearted survey that I made up with student-related questions. I call it the…
NERDY GIRL SURVEY
1. What is your favorite protein?
Kinesin! It is such a cute motor protein that serves as a vesicle carrier across microtubule filaments. Here’s an animation of it from Wikipedia:
In some animations, Kinesin is depicted with “longer legs” and moving verrry slowly. Either way, I find the animations of this guy hilarious. But perhaps you were thinking I was going to give an edible protein as my answer…in that case, I’ll say seitan!
2. Pencil or pen?
I used to prefer pencil for math, and pen for notetaking/short answer exams, but now I prefer using a pen for everything (except multiple choice exams which require a Scantron).
3. Handwritten notes or laptop?
It’s easy to write down notes in class, although there is no guarantee they’ll be clean and organized. It’s also easier to make drawings and add tidbits of info in the margins—especially when the professor is lecturing quickly!
4. What has been your favorite class so far?
I took a class my freshman year on music of different cultures which I enjoyed. The professor had us watch movies and YouTube clips most of the time, but the small class size and information from the class made it really interesting and relatable to everyday life (I knew what a cumbia was when my Zumba instructor said we were going to dance to a new one ). I also enjoyed my Anthropology class. (Funny how these classes have nothing to do with my major…)
5. If you could “re-do” any class from college, which one would you?
I guess I would re-do my first quarter of Chemistry only because I know I could have done better. Now I know how to study (properly) for college science classes and I could have used that knowledge to better prepare for the midterms and finals from that class.
6. Where is your most productive study spot?
To be honest? The dining table at my house.
It’s more like a shelf for our textbooks 363 days of the year (we clear it for Thanksgiving/Christmas dinners )! Despite the space alotted for my textbooks, I do have enough elbow room and it’s relatively quiet so I’m able to concentrate…most of the time . (I don’t think one spot always guarantees productiveness).
7. How do you organize your day?
I use an old-school hardcover daily planner (none of that iPhone app silliness or weekly/monthly stuff), post-it notes, and paper scraps to write down things to do, pack for school, and my tentative itinerary for the day.
8. What is your least favorite class?
I do try to like all of my classes, but it can be hard and doesn’t always work out, since hard-headed professors, snotty TAs, and hard-core exams can get in the way. For me, physics was my least favorite college class. The labs I had to take were not so much fun to say the least, and honestly, I was bored no matter how hard I tried to be interested.
9. What is the best time to study for you?
I’m a morning person, but I like studying at night after dinner (unless I had an exhausting day, but at that point, it’s more like study or fail the quiz next morning!!).
10. Do you have a dream student gadget?
It would be cool to have a small enough camera to tape lecture/labs. Sure, I could use a phone or whatever, but I’m more interested in the discrete factor—I would rather not have people staring at me while taping a video of a lecture !
What’s a “nerdy” thing about you?