Biology is hard. No one gets it. No matter how many times I mention the acronyms MCDB or EEMB, people don’t understand. And no matter how many times I tell them how much they don’t understand, they still don’t understand. I mean, on a daily basis I walk up to many Letters & Science students and tell them just how hard my classes are and that Letters & Science students have it so much easier. I mean, I’m a Letters & Science student, too, but it’s different. We have so many lectures throughout the quarter to go to, and we have to put up with ochem.
Last quarter, we had to write a paper for our lab. A PAPER. For BIOLOGY.
A whole SEVEN pages on microorganisms. My roommate is a sociology major, and I’ve never heard her complain about writing papers for her classes, so she honestly must never have any. I don’t get how she had already finished her writing requirement after freshman year. When I confronted her about it, she said she had six papers this quarter and the only reason I didn’t know was because she didn’t complain about them like I did. Can you believe that? She must be lying. I mean, I’m a bio major — I didn’t sign up to write any papers, especially ones on microorganisms.
Whenever I express my frustration over my very taxing major, she whines and complains that I talk about it too much. She even said to me, “If you complain about your classes one more time, I’m going on your G.O.L.D. and changing your major for you.” She totally just flipped out on me, and I was like, “I’m not saying your major isn’t hard, I’m just saying mine is a lot harder. You don’t understand.” And then she was like, “I get it, your classes are harder than mine, but I a) didn’t choose to be a bio major and b) definitely didn’t choose to hear you constantly complain about it.” So I even got her to admit that bio is a ridiculously hard major.
And of course, I always have to convince my housemates to be quieter in the mornings. They’re all so loud getting up for their early classes — they could be a little more considerate when I’m trying to sleep. I mean, I have an 8 a.m. this quarter too, but I just don’t go. They post all the lectures online, so I can just stay up watching them until 3 a.m. the night before the midterm!
Gia Cephal is a third-year biology major who has never had a class west of the library. She doesn’t think Letters are nearly as important as Sciences.