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    Hello, I just wanted to introduce myself before you answer some questions I may have during the school year (though I understand that isn't the main purpose, trust me).

    My name's Geoff, and I'm a freshman at Purdue University. I'm majoring in Computational Chemistry with a possible minor in Management. I plan on going to grad school, but at this point I'm not sure as to how much. I also plan on transferring from Purdue at the end of the year to a smaller, private university that I have yet to choose. Hopefully I will be able to let you, along with many others, know which school I have picked and which schools I am selecting from when that time comes. I thought I would be alright with the big school setting, but it has proved to be very frustrating and uncomfortable for me. Do not think I am making a hasty, closed-minded decision; I have thought it through and will do all I can to make the best possible decision for myself.

    I would like some of you to introduce yourselves if you may, possibly give me some college advice, etc. I know I'm going to get to know you through some questions I may have, but I don't want anyone feeling like they're one of my reference books!

    Thanks in advance,
    Geoff.


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    Welcome to the forum. I'm a sophomore and am currently a conservation bio major but want to do work in chemistry as well. I look forward to what you have to contribute to the forum. The chem subforum has needed some livening-up lately. As far as homework goes, you should get along just fine as long as you do your fair share of the work. No guarantees we'll have answers though. I'm curious, what exactly does computational chemistry entail? See you around.


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    Computational chemistry is basically a mix of chemistry and computer science. From what I understand, it's about 75/25 in favor of chemistry.

    Computational chemists simulate reactions on a computer that are too dangerous or expensive to be experimented with [on the premise of an assumption] in a lab. It just interested me mainly because my parents are both CS majors, and I loved chemistry much more in high school (and now in college), so why not combine the two from the knowledge I gained from my parents? Even better, now I'm warming up to the idea of becoming a computational chemist.
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