When I was in high school, my English teacher gave us a statistic about learning and fact retention to justify making us present in class. It’s the same statistic that pretentious college students and seasoned professors are apt to drop whenever someone whines about having to give a presentation—teaching a subject ensures that you thoroughly understand it.

As I claw my way through academia as a grad student (the skipping ended in junior year), I find that explaining what I’ve learned to my siblings and friends makes understanding everything so much easier (even if they aren’t willingly listening to my explanation). With a love of writing and a tendency to blog instead of study, I couldn’t think of a better way to actually get studying done than to publish written explanations of my coursework on the internet. With high hopes and the intentions of nagging my friends until they agree to collaborate with me, I create this blog.

I’m still learning, so often these posts will be haphazard, a little lacking, and perhaps a bit difficult to follow. However, I’m trying my best to get better at this whole “scientific writing” thing, and I put a lot of effort into my posts when I can. Although I can’t promise everything I write will always be entirely accurate, I do promise that I’ll at least update at regular intervals.

(… I gotcha, didn’t I? I thought so.)

While this certainly serves an excellent purpose for me, I also hope it serves anyone reading. Please, feel free to stick around and read a bit when you have some time—hopefully you’ll pick up a little biochemistry, some biology, a little quantum mechanics and an intense desire to read everything you can get your hands on.

(Or maybe, at least, anything that wasn’t written by an overeager college student. 😉 )


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