When Allison Hamilos came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last year, she dreaded having to take the mandatory general chemistry course for freshmen. Eyeing a future in medicine, she couldn’t see much point in learning chemistry.
“I didn’t like chemistry at all in high school,” says Hamilos, now a sophomore. “I was really surprised to find out how much I liked it in college and how relevant it is to biology. (It) has been my favorite class at MIT so far.”