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The Spider Playbook; Why Weiss School of Natural Sciences?


aqualad 5 / 12 3  
Dec 31, 2012   #1
Question is why the Natural Science school at Rice.

Anything big or small. I kinda procrastinated on this one. :|

When I was five, my mom got me The Spider Playbook, or something similarly juvenile, yet horrifying in hindsight. It contained pictures of spiders blown up to monstrous proportions, which I'm not ashamed to admit, would terrify me now. Luckily, five-year-old me was much braver, and he loved the book. It was his favorite book for years, only to be replaced when he discovered the Hardy Boys series. I think I can safely say that that book instilled a love of biology in me. As I grew, I continued to read more books on biology and animals, ranging from Where are the Animals Hiding to The Big Book of Garfield (he is a cat, technically) to the entirety of my 11th grade AP Biology book. And just so that doesn't seem like I'm claiming extra points for actually my schoolwork, we only used about half the book in class. Today, I can't imagine anything more interesting than biology, except possibly 8 clowns on a single unicycle. Biology is the art of 10,000 disparate parts coming together to create something greater than themselves, whether it's a cell or a biosphere. It's more complex than Ulysses, more unpredictable than physics, and more useful than Norwegian Studies. It's one of the things I love most (besides, y'know, my family), and I want to be great at it. The Weiss school is a place where than can happen. It's a place where I can do meet people just as interested in science as I am, and learn from professors who are at the cutting edge of their field. It's a place where I can take a class in the morning and conduct research in the afternoon. It's a place where I can grow, both in knowledge and as a person.
dumi 1 / 6,925 1592  
Jan 1, 2013   #2
It was his favorite book for years, only to be replaced when he discovered the Hardy Boys series.

It was his favorite book for years and years only until he discovered the Hardy Boys series.

It's one of the things I love most (besides, y'know, my family)

.... I like if you say this differently;
No two words, "Biology" is my favorite discipline.

The Weiss school is a place where than can happen.

... this is confusing... what do you mean by "where than can happen" ?


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