I just read the last post about labs by Emily, and I must say that I really agree! I am also a environmental science major (I wonder if all of us in the class are?) and one big part of what make the major so fun is the labs. I wouldn’t wanna be a business major sitting in a classroom talking about stocks all day when you can be outside learning about our world, our nature and stuff really matters. I think most people choose to have a major in business because they think they can make a lot of money. When I choose environmental science as my major, I thought about the interest our culture has and are going to have in the future, and the environment is a factor that is becoming more and more popular in our society. Companies are going to want/need people working for them that can take care of the environmental issues (ME) and that’s why I’m going to take a minor in business. I think it is a good combination: environmental science and business. And if I feel that office-work is not for me (too boring maybe) than I can always make something out of my environmental science knowledge.
Anyways, to be honest soil may not be the most fun subject to learn about, BUT I do believe that it would be good to have knowledge about soil to “put all the pieces together”, draw relationships and conclusions and things like that. The labs makes the class so much more fun too, and it makes me understand and remember what we learn so much better. I think that if we would write lab reports were we make connections and draw conclusions we are going to learn even better. At least I know that that is when I learn the most. Working with a lab report for a long time and figure out answers to questions like “how?” and “why?” by myself makes me feel awesome and I learn so much. When you have to find your answers yourself instead of being told “this is how it is” you have easier to remember, I think.
Right now I’m sitting in a room down in Hilton Head writing this so I can go to bed before I’m going out on the golf course early tomorrow morning, hoping the soil is going to be in a nice condition under the fairways and greens! The soil really makes a difference. Usually when the soil is too sandy or too hard/dry it is a lot more difficult to hit the ball solid. I’ve been wondering how the soil at golf courses are. The golf courses are most often really nice which make me wonder if the soil is feeling good, or vise versa because it has too much toxics in it. I think I’m gonna look that up and write about in my next post!