chem major

private tutor | part one

request from anon: Can I request a namjoon in college!au? It can be about anything! Maybe a tutor? Thanks and I love your writing!!

Originally posted by yoonkooks

[Namjoon x Reader]

Genre: College!au, Humor

Words: 3535

—> “I am brilliant, thank you very much. But if you don’t have a form of payment, I’m afraid I will have to decline your proposal.” You fall to your knees, hands clasped together, “Please, Namjoon; I’m willing to do anything.” The last word causes him to look away from his book and down at you, taking in your rather pathetic self. A smirk stretches across his lips, “Anything?”

A/N: Joonie can tutor me any day ;) hope you guys like this part one/intro of this series (i’m thinking three parts?)! xoxo

Well, this is awkward.

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Almost every time someone asks me what major I am, when I tell them “physics and chemistry” they are shocked, telling me how smart I must be. Occasionally making a self-deprecating joke about how they would never be able to manage hard sciences or how they were always bad at math.

I get sick of it. Not just because I hear it so much, but because it goes to show that people still honestly believe that science and mathematics are only meant for geniuses. That these are disciplines you just “get” rather than work at.

So whenever I answer that question and get no reaction I’m taken aback. Admittedly, some of it is because it fails to validate my desire to be considered smart. But it surprises me mostly because it suggests that maybe there is some shred of hope that people understand.

Understand that something like math is a field that must be worked at, much like any other. Whether it’s science or humanities. To be good at something you must work. Intellect alone can only take you so far. That being in one of these fields does not make you special.

It’s humbling. Something that physicists and mathematicians need to experience more regularly, to be perfectly honest.

These fields can be accessible to everyone, not just the intellectual elite.

the other day i was covering for one of our cashiers and a customer came through with a monster high doll. normally I’ll ask if the kid or whoever is a fan of whatever the person is purchasing and this person told me “yeah, she’s really into science and this one is sciencey, but i’m not too keen about the outfit”. i look at the box and nod and say “yeah, I don’t think open-toed heels are safe for a laboratory environment”. the customer just looked up at me with big eyes and whispered back “thank you for saying that”

Two kinds of chemists

There are two types of chemistry students. At other universities, they are usually indistinguishable unless you get them drunk enough to tell you about how much they love chemistry. At Elsewhere U, these students meet with very different fates.

The first type pursues chemistry for knowledge. To them, nothing is more beautiful than the fundamental truth of how materials are created. There is no higher goal than the discovery of the structure of everything. These students are, generally, safe. The Fair Folk do not trust their knowledge, made from machines and mathematics, and they have a healthy degree of skepticism about superstition and an even healthier understanding of questions that Should Not Be Asked.

The second type is here for the beautiful creations of chemistry, and they are usually doomed. Each one of us has a story about the compound that entranced them so - for me it was the gentle violet of hexaaquovanadium(II) nitrate (also known by its older, traditional name of aqueous vanadous niter), but it’s different for everyone. We study chemistry not for any grand cause, but with the same obsession that sends moths to a street light. And for us, entranced by the beauty of things the strangers make, prone to long hours in the lab and unaccustomed to caution, it’s only a matter of time before we are taken, like the moth who loves the flame.


Pro-tip: When analyzing spectra of an unknown given a list of possible options, don’t just list out what peaks correspond to what.

Sure, go ahead and pattern match to figure out the most likely option as a first approximation. But then you need to go through and systematically justify why presence (or lack thereof) of certain peaks specifically support the compound you identified your unknown as. If every option is an alcohol, it is obvious that there will be a broad -OH peak. Don’t make it sound like that’s surprising; specifically note that that’s what is expected and that it’s not enough to support a specific identification. If all the options contain phenyl rings but all of them are nitro- or nitrile-substituted except one (like benzene), check if the relevant nitrogenous peaks are present. If they’re not, it has to be benzene, even though all the important peaks in benzene are also present in the others.

It blows my mind that people go so out of their way to only pattern match these things when there are much smarter ways to analyze it. I get spectrum analysis can be overwhelming, but if you don’t take the few minutes to logically consider these sort of things your life is much harder.

Elsewhere University- Feathers (part 2)

part one   EDIT: part three

Hey there!! Once again, playing in @charminglyantiquated‘s sandbox. the original comic this was inspired by can be found here (go read it!!), and the blog for everything Elsewhere is @elsewhereuniversity


(For all that you belong here, have the dirt and salt and scent and feathers to prove it, for all that, Elsewhere has a hold of you now. Time to see which hold is stronger.)

Part 2:

You go through security, board the plane. None of the metals pull at your bones. Just to see if you can, you spin fanciful lies about yourself as you make conversation with your seat mate.

(The words want to stick in your throat, but you’re mostly sure that’s from years (and years and years) of choosing your words ever so carefully with strangers, and not for any less …mundane a reason.)

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These are listed in no specific order! The following channels have seriously helped me better understand biological concepts and get great grades :) Enjoy!

CrashCourse (Biology)

Suitable for: Honors, AP

If you’ve been on youtube to find educational videos, especially if taking an AP course, you’ve most probably come across CrashCourse. Run by John Green (yup, the guy who wrote tfios), his brother Hank Green, and a couple of other teachers, CrashCourse is an amazing channel full of beautifully animated videos that illustrate concepts ranging from the Ancient Roman’s to the moon. In particular, their Biology videos, featuring Hank Green, are my go to videos for biology. I watch videos regarding topics we’re going to cover in class as soon as I find out what our next unit covers. All around a great, entertaining way to learn biology!

Rate: 10/10

Bozeman Science

Suitable for: Regular, Honors and AP

I first found out about the Bozeman Science channel run by Mr. Andersen in my Honors Bio class. It’s a great way to get informed about biology, as well as a superb way to learn examples of different concepts. He’s a solid teacher!

Rate: 8/10

Khan Academy (Biology)

Suitable for: Honors, AP

I’ve known about Khan Academy since the fourth grade, but didn’t know that he covered biology until August this year! He has really informative videos, so if you’re in an Honors class and want extra detail, or in an AP class, this channel is perfect for you!

Rate: 9/10

MocomiKids (Biology)

Suitable for: Regular, General understanding for Honors and AP

These videos are perfect for students in the regular biology course. The videos are informative and help to consolidate ideas. I find these videos to be good in studying for Honors Biology because they give me a general idea as to what a concept is, and from then I can get all the small details. 

Rate: 8/10

Great Pacific Media (Biology)

Suitable for: Regular, Honors and AP

I actually just found out about this channel, and I’m so glad I did. It has specified videos on basically every biological concept. Every one. It’s a splendid resource to use when you have specific concepts that you need to fine tune and nail down before a test.

Rate: 9/10


04.09.2017 // Quantum mechanics and computational physics.

[I need to get better about posting my studygram pictures on here!]

My clipboard is huge in my homework organization. The file folders act partially as a smoother writing surface, but also as great storage. (And those Cynthia Rowley folders are so pretty!) One tab has extra blank paper and the other contains paper clipped problems sets I’m currently working on. On the inside of the “In Progress” folder I have index cards listing out which problems I have left, what Maple code to print out, and questions I need to ask my professor.

It’s nothing too complex, but it makes doing homework on the go that much easier when I have everything all in one place!


MCAT prep sites, friends, etc: you need AT LEAST 6-8 months to prep for your MCAT!

me, starting to study for it two months before I plan to write it: 

Originally posted by penultimxte

The One Child Genius

(I LOVE this world you’ve made, it’s enchanted me and made me feel like writing like I haven’t been able to feel in months. Thank you for this beautiful, beautiful world, I hope you don’t mind me playing in it.)


In all of Elsewhere University years, there has been one agreement that both Students (from trouble makers to teachers pets) and Teachers (From the assholes to the Angelic) have abide by; children were never to come on campus, no matter what. After all, there was temptation, and then there was holding out a fucking ‘Eat Me’ Sign around your neck. No one, now even a few of the more… nicer(?) Fae wished to find out what would happen if such a thing of innocence came into their University’s hollowed grounds, or by the Court willing actually interacted with one of The Gentry.

Unfortunately, due to a lightening storm, some rotten luck for a secretary, and a paperwork curse, everyone was just about to find out.


At first, no one actually believed it; that couldn’t be a child, it was obviously just a Changeling who messed up their glamour or a student who just happened to be cursed/pranked. This went on for a week, everyone and the cat believing it until two things happened.

One: Some of the Unknowing Students got it in there heads to actually pick on the kid, the child sobbing as they took a beloved stuff animal and played monkey-in-the-middle around them, nearly destroying it before freely given help arrived from a sympathetic Not-shadow, Not-glowing eyed thing. (The Not-Being was always given carefully drawn children’s drawings from then on, along with free hug coupons and ring pops, along with one starry eyed child who never cared just how Not they were; they were so much nicer then most of their other classmates after all.)

Two: The child was a Chem Major, and like to be called Cartoon Network. (Either one for short.)

This changed things, especially between the Chem Students and the Gentry, both sides eyeing each other carefully, a war between them unsaid but never forgotten as Cartoon Network went about his day, following the rules, makes friends (so many the wrong sort, so many with bad intentions, but yet so many allies as well to help watch), and makes his mark on the school in his own way. (Who knew how much the Fair Folk would like Mario Kart or Smash Bros? Even now, the Tournaments of ‘10 and '12 are nothing but whispers in corners of awe and fear.

'11 never happened.)

The day they graduated was a day the air pressure actually fluctuated as everyone at once let out a sigh of relief at the same moment.

(And yet, Cartoon Network always remembers, Not always close by as things go stranger or trouble starts.)