My lab partners are careless. It’s driving me nuts.
Simple things like molarity or molality is getting lost on them; the I-don’t-care-I-just-want- a-C attitude is killing me.
My calculations are solid, my sig figs are never wrong, my explanation of why things work the way they do, my work IN lab is solid, I research things I don’t understand before coming to lab, I pre-write lab before I get there in a notebook remarking on anything that might be a little tricky and…
This past week the partners wrote down the wrong moLALity… therefore, our data was borked from the outset and no manner of calculations is going to fix that.
Last semester, I eeked out a 95% in lab. This semester, I’m eeking out a 76% in lab for two reasons:
- the week I had before last blew my life apart (again) and I seriously considered dropping out of school for several days and I felt like I was spinning my tired in muck and mire with no traction. During that week we had a lab write up. My TA said it was flawless and overall I’d have received a very high 90s grade on it. Sadly, I wrote up the wrong part of the lab and he took a flat 20 points off the entire lab report leaving me with a 75.8%.
My bad on the report. Completely understand even if I worked my butt off to do an excellent job.
Anyway, last Sunday I was still dropping out of school, had the letters written to my professors who I’ve come to know, and an incident at the gas station prompted me to stay in. Call it kharma, a sign, or maybe just me looking for one.
I only got myself back on track this week by chomping down Concerta every 12 hours and staying awake for a total of 62 straight. (Let’s just say, I will NOT be doing the Concerta route again - what an awful come-down from it… yikes! )
- my lab partners are careless. They truly are great guys to be in lab with but they don’t really care if they get something wrong or not, they are checking their text messages while in lab, texting friends, sloppily measuring things, guessing at next steps, mixing wrong chemicals, etc.
They don’t care if they get graphs right or wrong as long as there is “something” to turn in the following week.
My TA just wrote that I’m getting a low score, yet again, because of that… because of them.
Someone else has surely had to work through this. Someone else has surely had sucky lab mates and survived and thrived. I do not want to drop this semester as I cannot stomach another semester of gen chem II… Gawd awful boring - bring on organic!!! and biochem!!! but I have to get through this crap to get to that.
Help? and thank you… think I finally figured out what was making me so crabby.