How would you describe your personality?

I would call myself a curious person. I also have a tendency to really think things through, making sure there are no mental loose strings. I'm also excitable and a little bookish.

What about the chemistry major appeals to you?

Among the sciences, I find chemistry to be a satisfying middle ground. It's more scientifically rigorous than psychology and sociology, more definitive than biology, and more broadly applicable than physics. As for the theory vs application debate (i.e., science vs. engineering), in general, science will be more exploratory and engineering will be more along the lines of how to cleverly apply the science we already know.

How do you think your personality traits prepare you to succeed in the chemistry classroom and beyond?

Being interested in something makes it a hundred times easier to learn. Contrary to popular belief, I believe only a small part of interest is inherent and that it is mostly cultivated. Anyone can cultivate their interest in a topic by paying attention, keeping an open mind, and surrounding oneself with people interested in the same topic. This strategy has helped me be successful in the classroom and has made my time at the UW much more successful and enjoyable.

David Hales

Junior at the University of Washington: double major in chemistry and physics

Among the sciences, I find chemistry to be a satisfying middle ground. It's more scientifically rigorous than psychology and sociology, more definitive than biology, and more broadly applicable than physics.