To me, Centre Term represents the opportunity to broaden one’s horizons, to take a class purely to satisfy the thrill of learning. Based on this criteria, Centre Term has been immensely successful.
Not only has the journey been successful, it has been enjoyable. The most enjoyable part of the class would definitely have to be working with my group on the video project. It was fun to work on a large scale project with such a lighthearted group of guys. I expected the video project to be a lot more like drudgery, but as it turned out, working on the video was my favorite part of the class. Not only was my group enjoyable, but it was also really nice to be able to eat the food we prepared. In my opinion, the food we made was delicious. Indeed, if I had to put my finger on the time when I had the most fun during class, it would definitely be working on the video project.
The most challenging aspect of this course was my lack of familiarity with chemistry. I felt that I was handicapped by not taking a chemistry class since Junior year of high school. Obviously I knew chemistry would be heavily involved in the class The Chemistry of Food but I figured it would either be basic in nature or the class would spend ample time covering the pertinent chemistry knowledge. Maybe we did both of those things in class, but with my lack of knowledge, it sure felt like we didn’t.
This leads me to the advice I would give to future students. I would recommend that the incoming students take chemistry during their first semester at Centre, or at the very least, take AP chemistry in high school, but doing both would probably be ideal. In my case, I did neither of those two things, and I felt it put unnecessary strain on my learning of the subject matter. It really helps me learn when I have a broad, sturdy base of knowledge to apply the specific situations to. Not only does that help me remember the information better, but it also allows me to think clearly and make educated guesses on topics that I might be unsure about. Because I didn’t have the chemistry background, the class was undoubtedly harder.
While the course work wasn’t overly intense, it was harder than I wanted it to be. In regards to grades, I am a perfectionist. I am disappointed with anything less than an A. Its not like my grade was insanely low, I had an 88% on the progress report, but I still wanted higher. It is sad that I couldn’t get the grade I wanted, and I think that was in no small part related to my lack of understanding of the chemical processes at work.
As a whole, I would have to label Centre Term as a success. In the short time frame of three weeks, I definitely grew as a person. I know all good things must come to an end, but I am sad my time in The Chemistry of Food is over.