“What’s your favorite class you’ve taken at Hopkins?”

This is a question recently posed to me by a family member, and while rather straightforward, this question took a few minutes for me to answer.

Was it Molecules and Cells, a class I took last fall that introduced me to both glycobiology and some of the science behind cancer?

Eh. Maybe.

Was it the Sociology of Health and Illness, which applied sociology to the realm of health care and disease?

Once again, a strong contender for the title of JHU_Emily’s favorite class.

What about Organic Chemistry?

Ha. Definitely not.

So what was the answer to this question?

After thinking about it, I decided on Chemical Structure and Bonding, a course I took last spring semester. This class was designed for students who took AP Chemistry in high school but didn’t want to jump right into Orgo during freshman year. Instead of a traditional lecture, the class was held in a room on the top floor of Bloomberg with small tables and walls covered in whiteboards and focused on group problem-solving. We learned about crystal field splitting, molecular symmetries, coordination complexes, and several other advanced inorganic topics that seem to have exited my brain space.

So what about this 9am trek to the fourth floor of Bloomberg, the most remote building on campus, made this class so worthwhile?

It certainly was not easy; in fact it may be one of the most difficult classes I have ever taken. But in the midst of this great challenge, I ended up meeting some of my best friends.


Positivity wasn’t always easy in the midst of all of this


It’s true that misery loves company, and it’s even truer that lab reports and impossible pre-lectures are not completed on your own. Before every exam, lab report, and even the final, a group of us always seemed to congregate around a whiteboard in Brody, just to make sure that everyone was on the same page. There was no way that we could do it on our own, and by studying and working together, we all ended up doing relatively well in the difficult class.


Structure and Bonding locked out of the library on a snow day last year, right before our first exam


Thank you, Chemical Structure and Bonding, for teaching me to problem-solve, to work together with others, to be okay with not knowing the correct answer, and for introducing me to some of my closest friends.


Structure and Bonding takes the Inner Harbor


(I’ll keep the friends. You can keep the Molecular Orbital diagrams.)


Structure and Bonding bids farewell to Parks and Rec this year