This class was tough.
Professor La Rosa is the smartest man I have ever encountered. I absolutely love walking away from a classroom not only feeling like I learned something (which is how I walk away from every class at Wash U), but feeling so motivated and curious to learn more about what was discussed in class. Professor La Rosa triggers the intrinsic motivation and curiosity of the students in the classroom by giving them ridiculously challenging course material and then teaching it so very well that it becomes simple. Not only did I thoroughly learn some very complicated material in that class, but he additionally taught me HOW to teach myself. He taught us WHY the material was important, and HOW it could be applied to other situations. He even talked to us about where the material fell short, and what more there is to learn about the subject matter in the real world to help positively change society. I truly loved attending La Rosa's class.
In addition to what I have previously stated I will give some examples of what we learned in this course. I believe La Rosa specialized in human micro biome and signal processing. I remember one day he explained to us one of the current projects he was working on was a special chair in which a pregnant woman could sit in which would then relay to us information about the health of the fetus. He explained to us a bit about one tool he used to do this was signal processing.
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Advice for students:
In order to succeed in this course you must ask questions. La Rosa LOVES helping his students, but he is so smart that it can be difficult to initially understand what he is saying. You have to WANT to understand what he means when he says something and be motivated to understand it. You need to put time in outside of class reviewing what he talked about, and researching how the topics he talked about can be used in the real world. This will help you understand what is happening in the theories he presents to you.