What I Learned in College

An Essay By Hannah D. // 12/26/2016

AP Calculus BC

It is possible to bomb a practice exam and still do well on the actual test. Don’t freak out.

AP Physics B

Just because you have to drop the math level down to algebra to study physics doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy.

CLEP Natural Sciences

Science is fun! Oh wait, you already knew that.

CLEP Social Sciences and History

Aren’t you glad you didn’t take any one of these subjects in more detail?

CLEP Humanities

> > Information overload < <

CLEP Biology

Not a very stressful test. *self five*

CLEP College Composition

Grammar and sentence structure is easy. Writing essays according to test guidelines is not.

CLEP Chemistry

Why is this so easy?

CP Comparative Worldviews

There are few things more rewarding than getting three college credits in less than a week.

CLEP Western Civilization I

Your childhood obsession with Ancient Egypt was legit!

DSST Introduction to World Religions

Hmmm . . . religion would be a fun major if you didn’t want to get into this science thing.

CP Leadership Theory and Practice

Everything God has given you – relationships, talents, experiences, money – is an investment that you can use to maximize your impact for His kingdom.

CP Social Justice from a Biblical Perspective

So much good can be done just by you getting involved in your community – by finding something that is needed and taking action.

DSST Ethics in America

Few things are more irksome than “moral dilemmas.” Few things are more interesting than watching a classroom debating said dilemma.

ALEKS Introduction to Statistics

That brief high school stint you had with Statistics & Data Analysis? You thought it went terribly? Yeah. Well, turns out you actually learned something there.

DSST Human/Cultural Geography

Why is half of this test Physical Geography if it only says Human/Cultural?

Fishery Biology

Holy crap there is a lot to know about fish hooks.

CP Leadership Management and Communications

Christian Leadership is putting others first, paying attention to where they shine the most, and encouraging the best in them.

General Chemistry I

Everything in this class is a review of Apologia’s chemistry curriculum. Also, apparently I work problems very quickly. Very. Quickly.

Linear Algebra

Remember all the math you’ve taken up to this course? Well, you can forget it. All prior math knowledge is completely useless here.

Developmental Biology

This is just as fun and fascinating as I dreamed it would be!!!!!!!!

General Biology

You thought this was going to be your easy class for the semester? HA! You thought wrong.

General Chemistry II

Fret not – after the organic chemistry intro at the beginning, the rest of this class will be a continuation of the review from Apologia’s chemistry curriculum.

Physical Geology

Your childhood obsession with rocks will be validated.

Multidimensional Calculus

Taking this with The Great Course’s Multivariable Calculus lectures will enable you to totally geek out over calculus.

General Ecology

You could easily spend your graduate career studying this subject.


All that time you spent as a kid learning hundreds of dog, horse, and cat breeds? IT WAS A TEST. For learning and memorizing all the taxonomy and characteristics of the entire animal kingdom.

Organic Chemistry I

The answer is most likely “steric hindrance.” Especially if the question is along the lines of, “given that information, you might expect this result, but you get that result instead – why do you think that is?” Oh, steric hindrance. Steric hindrance most definitely.


When faced with a problem, if the first thing you do is NOT draw a free body diagram, you WILL get yelled at.

Evolutionary Biology

Yep, you could definitely spend your graduate career studying ecological concepts.


Wait a second – the microscopic world of biology is good enough for grad school too – what now?!?!


When presented with a biological diagram of any kind – transverse section or tangential section; stem, leaf, or root; woody or herbaceous plant – and you are asked what some random cell in it is, “parenchyma” is a very safe answer.

Organic Chemistry II

It is not unusual for a complete stranger in the classroom to walk up to you and ask for help on how to solve an ochem problem.

Electricity and Magnetism

The only class you will ever regularly feel overwhelmed in. Although it is, to your astonishment, in some ways easier than Mechanics.



That was great. Thanks for

That was great. Thanks for sharing!

Kyleigh | Fri, 12/30/2016

Thanks! :)

Thanks! :)

Hannah D. | Sat, 12/31/2016

"Reason itself is a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all." - G. K. Chesterton

this is awesome!!! Great

this is awesome!!! Great read.

Sarah Liz | Thu, 01/05/2017

"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." ~ Anonymous

This was a fun read! Congrats

This was a fun read! Congrats on graduating. :)

Damaris Ann | Thu, 01/05/2017

I don’t thrive off of chaos: chaos thrives off of me.

Thanks you guys! Glad you

Thanks you guys! Glad you enjoyed it. : )

Hannah D. | Thu, 01/05/2017

"Reason itself is a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all." - G. K. Chesterton

Congratulations!! Praying

Congratulations!! Praying that you will know what to do next!

Lucy Anne | Sat, 01/14/2017

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanks so much, Megan! : )

Thanks so much, Megan! : )

Hannah D. | Sun, 01/15/2017

"Reason itself is a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all." - G. K. Chesterton