As seventh week is halfway over, the last thing first-year students want to think about is signing up for classes next quarter.
Of course, if you’re a Biology major, you’re probably more worried about the spots in Form and Function filling up rather than which classes you plan on taking.
I was in the same boat three years ago, worrying far too much about how to get through Form and Function and Chemistry 120 without drowning in homework, rather than all of the other courses that were available to me.
Now, as I proudly call myself a Biology major, with an English minor, I look back on all the classes I have taken that have really changed how I think about the world, and my love for science.
We are all so lucky to go to a liberal arts college where we can take classes that are completely different from our intended majors. Science majors, however, often miss out on these opportunities, being too worried about missing essential bio classes.
Reading the World classes, all found in the English department, are great introductory classes for first-years. Not only will you practice writing, reading, and talking about literature, you can also delve into topics like global cinema and social justice.
Introduction to Creative Writing is also an amazing class and, whether you learn about poetry with Professor Di Seuss, or fiction with Professor Andy Mozina, you are guaranteed an amazing 10 weeks of learning, writing, and exploring your creative side.
Plus, it’s always fun to write poems about biological concepts. You’d be surprised how well it helps your studying.
Anthropology classes are another great way to zoom out of your microscopic ideas of medicine and remember that biology is just as much, if not more, about people, rather than memorizing facts.
I took a class last quarter with Dr. Garriga-Lopez about epidemics and the way we talk about medicine and people. I would really recommend anyone interested in medical fields to take this class; it opened my eyes to the racist nature of medicine.
For first years, after you take Introduction to Society and Culture, your doors are wide open to study specific things like capitalism and socialism, race and racism, and social psychology. All of these courses are important if you plan on working with people.
While taking biology classes is important to getting your degree, as a K student, you should want more out of your education. Taking courses outside of Dow gives you a context as to why biology matters, and why it’s important to you.