My name is Akhil Dharmavaram. I am a Junior and I am studying Information Sciences and Technology. The reason I am taking this course is because my friend was a TA for SC 200 and told me that it is a relatively easy class and the material covered is very interesting. He also told me that Andrew Read is a fantastic professor and will make sure you learn something in the class. As I looked further into SC200, the class seemed to be fairly straightforward and “bland”. However, my opinion changed when I saw the class schedule on the first day. Reading topics such as “How do physicians kill people?” and “Are animals gay?” really peaked my interest.
Ever since I was little, I have always enjoyed science. I was fascinated by all forms of science and was especially interested in astronomy. I enjoy learning about different fields of science and try to stay up to date with any of the latest news in the scientific community. This interest, however, only goes so far for me. As much as i enjoy learning science and how things work, the level of patience and creativity required to thoroughly ask questions and investigate the smallest details about things makes it difficult to study science as a major. This being said, the content learned while being an IST major is somewhat similar conceptually to another science major (not content itself, but the way to approach problems).
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