As a pre-medicine major, I am taking eighteen credit hours this semester. At first, I was a little worried about that number - eighteen seemed like a lot, especially to someone who did not know how the credit system worked. It turns out that my schedule is not as bad as I thought it would be. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I have five classes, on Fridays I have three classes, and Tuesdays I only have one class, which is in the morning. I do not know how this worked out, but Tuesdays have become the day in which I catch up on sleep and homework. My Thursdays make up for my Tuesdays, however. I have two labs on Thursday and two classes. Thursday is definitely my most hectic day of the week.

This semester, I am taking Intro to Religion, Concepts of Biology I, Concepts of Biology I Lab, General Chemistry, General Chemistry Lab, Intro to Calculus I, Freshman Writing Seminar, and Introduction to the University. I am actually happy with all of my classes. They are challenging, but enjoyable at the same time.

Having attended a Catholic grade school and high school, I was no stranger to religion classes. This was one of my worries when I discovered that I would be taking a religion class. Not that the class would be too hard, but that I would be familiar with the material and therefore bored with the class. Thankfully, this was not the case. My religion professor does a great job of making class interesting and fun, and even if I am familiar with some of the material, it is still interesting.

Biology and Chemistry are both very interesting. I took AP Biology in high school so I am familiar with the majority of the concepts we have learned about thus far. Chemistry, however, is a different story. The only chemistry class I took in high school was my sophomore year, and I was not the best at it. Now that I am taking it again, I have had to devote a lot of time to studying and becoming familiar with even the basic concepts. Thankfully my best friend took AP chemistry in high school and is majoring in chemical engineering, so he has been helping me a lot. If it were not for him, I do not know what I would do. The good news - I am beginning to improve. I guess I just never gave it a fair chance in high school.

Calculus is another class that I did not really care for in high school. I took AP Calculus AB and did well, but I never really truly understood what was going on. I didn't realize it then, but my high school calculus teacher actually did a great job of preparing us for college-level calculus. I actually understand what is going on in class and on top of that, my professor is awesome.

Biology lab and chemistry lab were both overwhelming at first. In high school, my labs were associated with the classes, so one day a week we would have Biology lab instead of Biology class. Here, it is different. The labs and the class are not related. For example, some concepts from chemistry lab are useful in chemistry class and vice versa, but that is about it. Another thing that worried me was the fact that the labs are almost three hours long. After the first lab, though, I realized that the time flies. The labs can be very interesting, so that helps a lot as well.

Introduction to the University, or ASI, is a one credit hour and pass/fail class. ASI is exactly what it sounds like - an introduction to the university and its academic programs and policies. Each ASI class is formed by major, so my ASI class consists of every pre-med freshman at the University of Dayton. It is great to have the opportunity to meet with the other pre-med majors and see how things are going. Also, speakers frequently come in to talk to us about service opportunities or other relevant information for pre-medicine majors.

All in all, I am happy with my schedule, my classes, and my professors. I am looking forward to seeing how the rest of the semester goes!