Microscopic organisms were never my forte

Hey everyone! My name is Valerie and I am a senior. I have always been interested in science and breakthroughs that happen in scientific research, because they are so important to our everyday lives. Although I’ve had interest, science was usually my weakest subject. My issue with high school science classes were that a lot of the concepts that we were tested on were things that were not visible to the human eye. For example, it is difficult for me to visualize atoms so I always had trouble understanding them and how something so small could connect back to my life. I took a Science 2.0 course in high school which was all about current scientific topics and we even spent a few classes watching the movie, Inception, and discussing theories. I really enjoyed that class, because it felt relevant. Still, I am not a science major, because I never did well when I was tested in my traditional science classes. I prefer business and learning about Supply Chains.I did not plan to take a Science gen-ed my Senior year, but after doing miserably in Astrology last semester I needed three more credits. I am taking this course, because I have heard that it helps you gain appreciation for Science.

I recently heard  this about bananas going extinct. The article is a a little old, but I heard about the potential for bananas going extinct just this week. I would like to learn more about this, because I love chocolate banana smoothies.

Especially from Starbucks like this:

 

choc banana smoothie

 

5 thoughts on “Microscopic organisms were never my forte

  1. ana5383

    Heyyy Valerie! As I was scrolling through posts looking for one to comment on, yours caught my eye because of the Starbucks picture. I mean, who doesn’t like Starbucks am I right??? Reading through your post gave me an idea of something I should have put in mine, because I was also not a good science test taker in high school. Below is a link that gives tips on how to be a better test taker, which could benefit the both of us. Also…the thought of bananas going extinct scares me because I am a huge fan of chocolate banana smoothies too! 🙁

    Heyyy Valerie! As I was scrolling through posts looking for one to comment on, yours caught my eye because of the Starbucks picture. I mean, who doesn’t like Starbucks am I right??? Reading through your post gave me an idea of something I should have put in mine, because I was also not a good science test taker in high school. Here is a link that gives tips on how to be a better test taker, which could benefit the both of us. Also…the thought of bananas going extinct scares me because I am a huge fan of chocolate banana smoothies too! 🙁

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/education/edlife/how-to-be-a-better-test-taker.html?_r=0

  2. ajh6183

    I also have always thought science was an interesting part of our lives but never understood how someone could be smart enough to make such genius discoveries considering my struggle of learning it in high school. Like you said, from what I’ve heard about this course, I believe both this class and Andrew will help us better understand and appreciate science.
    Alike you, I share a love for starbucks. Below is an active link to an article I have found about the benefits of coffee drinking.
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270202.php

  3. Taylor Lexi Weinstein

    I have to agree with you on this Val, I wrote how challenging it is for me also to understand and visualize some of the things you talked about including figuring out and understanding atoms. They still don’t make sense to me. As I was looking more into this and trying to make sense of science I came across a great article. In this article it talked about, the illusion of matter and how it keeps changing. Science keeps changing and ideas keep changing. It’s hard to understand and keep up with all the changes of science which is why it could be hard for me to understand. I hope that Andrew can clear up some of the changes and help you and I visualize and understand science and atoms a little better. Hope this article helps you understand better 🙂

    http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/12/05/the-illusion-of-matter-our-physical-material-world-isnt-really-physical-at-all/

  4. Molly Mccarthy Tompson

    I feel the same way about the frustrating abstract concepts I faced in science in high school. I cannot imagine or fathom the idea of things like ionic and covalent bonds or chemical reactions by just reading about them in textbooks or watching simulations on youtube, such as this one:

  5. Hannah Marni Stern

    I feel you on this one Valerie. If you read my blog post, you’ll see that I have the same bias against science in terms of not being able to fully visualize and understand the things and concepts that I cannot see with my naked eye. It is extremely frustrating because I found myself going in circles with abstract thoughts until all I could do was close my science textbook. Apparently however, we aren’t alone! After doing some research, I came across this article that discusses a condition called aphantasia, or the inability to conjure mental images. According to the article, 1 in 50 people could potentially be facing our same struggle. We can get through it together, with the help of Andrew of course!

    http://www.iflscience.com/brain/cant-imagine-pictures-your-mind-you-might-have-aphantasia/

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