Hooray! I’m a biotechnology student!

In February of 2018 I was offered admission to Seneca College’s Biotechnology Advanced program. I applied with my high school grades like every other student, but at my age I’m considered a mature student. I’m finding my current undergraduate degree is not as useful as I had anticipated it would be.

I accepted the offer and am preparing for the 2018-2019 school year this summer. I’ve also found that I tend to, according to metrics (90s at UofT’s School of Continuing Studies), do much better at school when I self-study the course material before classes begin.

If (and I’m doubtful) this is some kind of secret to success when your parents offer you no help (whether that’s due to an unwillingness or an inability to do so) then it took me quite a long time to discover it, and I offer it to any prospective students who may stumble upon this blog in the future.

Objectively, I believe grades are a measure of a few factors, but are good indicators of:

  • Motivation – whether it be intrinsic or extrinsic, grades are a great measure of a student’s motivation.
  • Interest in a subject – Properly applied learning strategies and good study habits, asking questions, and learning why things are the way they are vs. a passing interest in a subject will affect grades.

Grades are not a measure of intelligence. And I think that’s a misconception most students tend to have.

My current goals are to pursue a Bachelor of Science after graduating from the diploma program, and applying to graduate school. However, this path is highly dependant on GPA and a deep interest in Life/Health Sciences (which right now seems to be present).

Here’s a peek at a section of my summer preparation notes, which I will share once they’re complete. I think they might make good teaching notes, if I choose to pursue that path in the future.


A Eukaryotic Cell