Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Final Projects Have Come

Well It's our last week at Columbia. Yes I know it so sad knowing that on Saturday we would have to say our good byes to the beautiful campus of Columbia and all of the great friends we accomplished to make in these past three weeks.

It so happens that for the remaining days we have left, we are bound to do a final project. Today the class was separated into five equal groups and each group was assigned an experiment needed to be done. The experiments were Caffeine Extraction, Water Chemistry, Coca Cola Analysis, Chromatography, and Spectroscopy of an Unknown subject. My group's experiment was on Caffeine Extraction and the purpose of this lab is to extract caffeine from black tea leaves. First of all, I didn't know tea contained caffeine which made this experiment even more interesting.

The first thing we had to do was to research possible procedures, background and history about Caffeine. The reason why we had to get started right away was because we don't have timer to lose knowing that all of these experiments require plenty of time to actually get everything done on time. Fortunately my group was very successful in finding a procedure that contains the materials and chemicals we will be using in this lab. We were able to finish our research and full written procedure in less then three hours! . ( I am so excited!!)

I was actually surprised that we had finished everything that needed to be done because if I were to doing an experiment in a regular high school chemistry class it would probably take a least two days before every one would have finished all their research. This actually allows me to better understand that in college you have to be more productive and have to get things done as soon as possible because nobody is going to be there to tell you when your project is due or how many days you have left to complete the assignment. It's always better to get things done as soon as possible in order to have enough time to take care of the small details at the end.

Tomorrow morning we will actually be starting setting up our experiment and lets hope everything goes according to plan. Wish me luck. Bye


Charles Tillman Ramsey said...

Excellent post. I see that you have taken our suggestions to heart and I am very pleased with your writing. I got a lot out of this post. I see that you are gaining confidence. Please continue to work hard and take the time to inform us about how you have grown during the past three weeks.

What I want to know is how you are different now? What will you bring back to Richmond High School? Did living on the East Coast change your opinion and outlook on life? What did the Ivy League Connection mean to you? Yes, it was important but did visiting all of these colleges and spending three weeks at Columbia leave an impression on you? Your thoughts are important.

Now is the time to stand up and be counted. You have taken on the challenge and earned your right to sit with the other students in the class. They respect your intelligence and your openness to absorbing the class lecture. Yes, it was tough, but you hung in there and became familiar with the information. I am proud of you and I am glad that you showed determination and grit.

Let us know how the final days go, we want to learn as much as possible so that we can make the ILC better.

Take care.

Charles T. Ramsey, Esq.
School Board Member
West Contra Costa
Unified School District

Don Gosney said...


Tea has just about as much caffeine as many coffees do. Many soft drinks fall into the same category with Coca Cola and Mountain Dew being right near the top. Chocolate is another. Caffeine is all around us, Sofia.

If you enjoyed the collegiate setting for setting up your lab parameters wait until you get set up in the corporate world where no sooner have you been given an assignment but your bosses want to know what’s taking you so long.

Time is money, Sofia, and they’ll never let you forget that. When the company is putting out $2+ per minute of your time, it adds up quick. Plus, you’re competing against another company trying to develop the same product and the first one into production is the one who gets their photos on the cover of Time Magazine while second place gets a brief article on page C26 of the Business Section under corporate liquidations.

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