Welcome back to Chapter three of the In Their Shoes Project.
It is September 2016 and after an amazing year with the women’s basketball team and summer vacation I am excited about what is in store for me this year. Excited and a bit nervous. This year I am going to have some experiences with, and get to know some of our science students at Ryerson. I am going to do this by “taking” a course in the faculty and by joining the Office of Science Outreach and Engagement as a Science Outreach Ambassador. I met in late August with Nathan Battersby and Reeda Mahmood who are both biology students and work part time on campus as Science Outreach Ambassadors. The team in the office organizes all kinds of events and activities including Science Literacy Week in September, Science Cafes throughout the academic year, weekly lab visits for high school students and Science Rendezvous in May at Yonge/Dundas Square in the heart of downtown Toronto.
In addition to working with other students to engage our community in all things science I will also take an introductory Organic Chemistry course. I have not taken a chemistry class since high school in the late 1970’s so it will be interesting to see if I can follow along. I have met with the professor teaching the course (recommended by Nathan and Reeda), he’s game to have me in class and I and am ready to jump in with both feet. My first class is this morning at 8 am.
I spent some time last night reading the first chapter of the text book which is titled…A Review of General Chemistry: Electrons, Bonds & Molecular Properties. I need much more than a review of general chemistry but I am going to count on the fact that I am a smart person and if I listen carefully, do all the readings, attend extra study session and ask for help when I need it I will be okay. Follow along all year for updates on my experience as an involved science student at Ryerson.