This class was tough.
I definitely recommend this class to those who are interested in learning about the complexity of our genes and how they work to create each person. Even if you are not interested in the complexity of it all, it is still an interesting subject because you learn about different genetic disorders and the way our genes can affect the way we look or act. The professor, Dr. Dodd, also makes the class enjoyable and exciting because she takes the time to really teach the subject, and she has a lot of enthusiasm for the material she teaches.
In our lives, we are told that we have to look, act, and even be a certain way to be accepted by our peers, by society. We are told that acting or being outside of the norm is not okay for us, but through this class, you learn that we are not meant to fit into strict, societal parameters. You learn that you are made to be different and that there is nothing wrong with who you are. As a student who is Asian-American, female, and gay, this helps me to accept myself for the differences that I have. In addition, this class teaches you about the differences of other individuals and helps you to learn about the spectrum of people that exist in our world. You learn about various genetic disorders, their frequencies, and the symptoms that have been recorded for each disorder. You learn that genetics is not a linear subject. In other words, point A does not always lead to point B because there are always exceptions or new information to be learned. Although this class was difficult, the lessons that I learned both directly and indirectly have changed the way that I think and view the people around me.
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Advice for students:
The best advice I can give you is to ask questions when you do not understand the material and to always, always go with your gut instinct (more for the exams). Some of the material is difficult to understand and most of the students probably do not understand it either, so asking questions will benefit you and your classmates. If you do not ask questions, you will probably have a difficult time with the exams because the exams are already tough to begin with. If you do ask questions and understand the material, try not to second guess yourself. Go with your gut instinct and move on. I cannot tell you how many times I have second guessed myself and had the first answer be correct.