Why EVERYONE should take at least one Chemistry course!

Yes, I know Chemistry can be an intimidating subject.  And, why would anyone take a Chemistry course unless it was required to graduate high school or a prerequisite to a given major?  The skills acquired through a Chemistry course are not just mathematical.  Chemistry introduces you to many life skills that will make you a more efficient and intellectual individual.  I know this sounds far-fetched, but continue reading!

1.)  Critical Thinking

Chemistry can and will make you think on your toes!  Anyone who has participated in a Chemistry lab knows experiments require a lot of spontaneous critical thinking.  A flask gets knocked over and your product goes down the sink drain or the product you produced somehow evaporated overnight.  Yes, it happens!  A chaotic laboratory experience enables you to think outside of the box and find an alternative method for arriving at a desired solution.  Apply these same critical thinking skills to an eventful or chaotic lifestyle and suddenly, life just became a little easier.

2.)  Time Management

With all of the content contained within a single Chemistry course, how can you possibly absorb all of the information and be ready for an exam all within 3-4 weeks?  As your class progresses, you will learn to successfully prioritize your workload and take advantage of each and every waking moment.  Time management is an extremely useful skill that can be applied to a wide variety of lifestyles and careers.  After just one Chemistry course, you will find that any given day will be planned down to the minute!  Who doesn’t want that kind of organization?

3.)  Chemists or Scientific Chefs?

If you can do Chemistry, you can cook….if you can cook, you can do Chemistry!  Truer words were never spoken!  Anyone who has ever taken a Chemistry lab course can recognize that an experimental procedure is nothing more than a chemical recipe.  Chemistry will grow your recipe reading and measuring skills.  I always refer to my mother as a domestic chemist!

4.)  Patience

The faced-paced world of today has forgotten the unsung life skill of patience.  Sometimes a final product cannot be seen or produced in a matter of minutes, hours, or days.  By taking CHEM 101, you will have the opportunity to spend HOURS….watching for the formation of a precipitate.  Yes, you will definitely develop patience!

Even if Chemistry isn’t a requirement for graduating high school or pursing your college major, challenge yourself and give it a try.  By reading my other posts, you’re well aware of how to successfully pass the course.  So, go ahead and sign up for a CHEM class and learn the mentioned life skills embedded in the course.  It will make you a more well-rounded person.  Not to mention, your math skills will be on point!

As always, thank you for sticking around and reading the entire post.  Hopefully, I’ve persuaded you to enroll in a CHEM course.  Let me know the life skills you’ve learned from Chemistry by leaving a comment!  GOOD LUCK!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ThePineyChemist

I'm just your average thirty-something woman, living in Small Town, USA. I graduated college with a B.S. Degree in Chemistry in 2008. While pursuing my passion for Chemistry, my life took an unexpected turn and I became my grandmother's 24-hour caregiver....for 11 years. During this time, I married and became a very independent woman. The Piney Chemist combines my love of Chemistry with eventful life experiences. It's Chemistry, caregiving, and me!

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