This class was tough.
I was terrified to step into a three hour science lab. Science was never my specialty and I always found myself struggling. Although, Professor Garen was a delight and his students can see his passion through his lectures. When a teacher loves their job, it makes it easier for the students to learn. Garen gave us a lot of chances to build up our grade, such as doing the thirty extra credit camping trip and the lab practicals. The tests were tough, but he let us drop our lowest grade, something that not a lot of professors do. Garen made his students feel welcomed and I will always remember walking into his class and laughing with my classmates, Garen and the sea urchins and star fish that Garen has a tank for. I passed his class with a B, when in the beginning I would've been happy with a C. I would recommend this science class to any student who is nervous to take a lab.
The highlights of this course were deffiently the field trips. As I said before, Garen said if we go to Morro Bay for a weekend camping trip we get thirty extra credit points! No teacher I ever had would let their students do a fun field trip for extra credit. We also went to Palos Verdes, a beautiful beach where we cleaned and looked for marine organisms. El matador beach was just as stunning and a great place to take notes for our final essay. On these field trips I learned about the many organisms of ocean life, such as algae, mussels, star fish, and blue crabs. Many organisms are hidden and are hard to find, but if humans just took a second to study the rocks and the sand, thousands of organisms would appear! It's amazing that communities of life are living just under are feet and no one knows about it. All of these organisms love the sunlight, are on the back side of the rock away from the ocean and live in a close knit family.
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I would advise to get some friends together and create a study group. In the beginning of September I was lost and confused with this class. Suddenly, I received a mass email from another student in the other class saying they created a study group and want more people to join, I was interested. I didn't know these students but I took a risk and went to the local coffee shop where the group studied. I enjoyed the group, all of our grades improved and now I can say I made life long friends. It always helps to have a study group or even a study partner to go over the notes in class or the tests. Learn and expand your mind!