The Junior Year Conundrum
Blogger: Everest Law
Hello again everyone! Time flies like a speeding arrow, and here we are at the fourth week of school already. For me, this semester is a mixture of excitement and worry. On one hand, I have been accepted to the CIEE Study Abroad program to St. Petersburg, Russia! I am leaving for the motherland next semester, and thus fulfilling my growing wanderlust – for now. It may seem a little overreaching for an international student like me (I’m from Hong Kong, China) to “double” Study Abroad, but no matter. The world is one big garden waiting to be explored, and I’m determined to see as much of it as possible before I become responsible and work a full-time job. As they say in Russian: eat while your mouth is fresh (ешь пока рот свеж)!
Basically, that is their version of “YOLO”.
On the other hand though … I am dying slowly and happily at the hand of my physics major and (soon-to-be-declared) Russian minor. In terms of difficulty, junior level physics is a quantum leap from sophomore year, and it takes extra effort to get used to the new pace of work. The main culprit for sapping my life energy is Prof. Alec Schramm’s “Mathematical Methods in Physics” course, which aims to consolidate and build on our knowledge of mathematics, so that we are prepared for even more physics fun in senior year and beyond. Homework is usually due back-to-back on Monday, Wednesday AND Friday, reflecting the hectic nature of the class and the high expectation that Professor Schramm has for us. I don't begrudge it; after all physics is my main love, and I will come out of the class better equipped for my desired career. However ... when a homework question ensnares my classmates and I for hours, and it turns out to be deceptively simple to solve, we just can't help to whisper among ourselves,
“We got Schrammed (scammed)!”
Oh, do sue us for our sense of humor.
Speaking of physics, it is possible for Oxy students to take courses at Caltech for no extra cost! It is part of a long time inter-institutional exchange program, and only paperwork stands between you and the world-renowned technology institute. Although the procedure is not very well documented on the Oxy website, all you need to do is to go to the registrar, and asks for a verification of enrollment plus the appropriate (pink) form. Then, you will need to travel to Caltech with the said documents, and register as an exchange student there.
That’s all for now. Time to enter the fray again …