Every Thursday I write about my experience being a premed student. Today I'm not giving out any tips, per say. I'm on a time crunch and, by the time this post is published, will have taken my second organic chemistry II exam (!) My head is full of so many reactions and mechanisms that I can't even think straight.
Here's just a quick example of what we do in organic chemistry lab, along with pictures I took when the lab TA wasn't looking.
Labs are usually a big chunk of time: my orgo lab is three hours every Monday. Last Monday we reacted p-toluidine with sodium acetate and acetic acid. Not that this means anything to anyone. I don't even know what it means. This is my version of the lab:
We started out with these cool crystal-looking rocks....
We put some water and solvents in, and we got this:
What makes it fun is when I relate lab to Potions class in Harry Potter. I must say, now I know why Harry always struggled with it.