Hold up, grab the wall … because this video is gonna hit you like a ton of lead. In a good way.
Tom McFadden, the world’s best rapping science teacher, who previously brought us the Rosalind Franklin vs Watson/Crick rap battle and the metabolic jam “Oxidate it or Love It/On to the Next One”, brings us his students’ next creation:
Lots more on Tom’s YouTube channel. But as much as I love Tom, it’s really the students who deserve the credit. Here’s my message to all of you:
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Anonymous asked: Hi there! As a current premed taking a 17 credit hour load and working about twelve hours a week on campus I'm freaking out about time management. What do you do to balance school and life ?
I’ve said this a thousand times on this blog, but I think the big thing to remember is that you will make time for the things you value.
To get through the stuff you have to do (so you have time to do the stuff you want to do):
1. maximize your downtime. Study during down times at work. Read or listen to a lecture while on the treadmill or during your commute. Review flash cards while you eat lunch. Use that time for studying. Figure out what subjects work best for studying in bits and spurts for you.
2. Get organized. Everything you need to study or work or do whatever you are doing should be within arm’s reach. Have a plan for what you’re doing so that you don’t waste time fumbling around. Make lists. Crossing things off lists is super fun.
3. Set small goals. Like “I’m going to give myself an hour to do XYZ”. Or “You will be more motivated to get things done more quickly, and therefore give you more “left over” time to spend however you need to. Work in shorter blocks of time. I’m a big fan of the 50 minutes on, 10 off system to get stuff done.
4. Plan fun stuff out in advance so you can be sure to get all your non-fun stuff done first. If you have a party you want to go to on Saturday night, you have to hold yourself to the rule that you cannot go unless you get A, B, and C done first.
5. Learn to say no. You do not have to do everything you are asked to do, whether it is related to fun, work, volunteering, etc. You are allowed to say no and not feel guilty about it. Don’t overload yourself.
6. Prioritize. Do you really need to go to that optional meeting? What things are “must haves” in your day? Schedule your day around your top 3 or 4 things, that way only the less important stuff gets left out.
7. Don’t procrastinate. Review stuff from lecture within 24 hours of hearing it the first time so it sticks better. Don’t wait till Friday to review what you learned on Monday. Also, you’re rarely more motivated than right after you get an assignment. Write out a quick outline or schematic of a project right after you get the assignment. It will go a long way in helping you get through it later.
8. Time yourself for a while and see how much time you spend doing stuff that doesn’t matter. Then figure out a way to streamline it.
9. Download a program to kick you off the internet after a while. You don’t really need to flip through the 19 best Olympic bulges on Buzzfeed anyway.
10. Practice radio silence. If you’re working on something important or you have a rhythm down, don’t answer your phone. Don’t worry about push notifications and emails and texts. Silence it all until you are ready for a break.
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me in chemistry class
unstable and not fully understood yet.
i’M IN MY
This is StarStuff.
The cloudy, nebulousness of this vial are nanodiamonds, carbon molecules only a thousand atoms strong, bonded together. During the formation of our solar system a cloud of dust ballooned from the collapse of a massive molecular cloud and was circling around what would be our new, baby sun. These carbon atoms were trapped within larger molecules and compounds and became inclusions, embedded within meteorites which would become evidence of the earliest solids that condensed from the cooling of protoplanetary disks.
The Field Museum has part of the oldest known meteorite - the Allende meteorite - from which these carbon nanodiamonds were extracted through chemical processes developed by Philipp Heck, our Curator of Meteoritics. We know how old the solar system is by dating these inclusions from the Allende meteorite, giving us an estimate that our solar system is 4.567 billion years old. The carbon atoms I’m holding in the above photo are, in a sense, our greatest ancestor, and ultimately became the building blocks for all life on our planet.
TL;DR I’m holding our greatest ancestor in the palm of my hand.
Well then, what did YOU do today?
A unique view of the Milky Way all the way from Mars!