#1. Spring 2013- MA 126H Calculus II-H with Dr. Daniel Silver
As a meteorology major, I need a ton of math. As an honors student, I need to courses with H suffixes, too. This class fulfilled both, and boy was it one of my favorites! I was lucky enough to have Dr. Silver for Calc 1, 2, and 3, but my Calc 2 class stood out in my mind for a few reasons. First, the class was small. I believe we only had twelve students in there. Second, the content was, to me, really interesting. Calculus II includes the study of integrals and their applications, sequences and series, and polar coordinates. All three of topics were, difficult, yet still awesome in their own way. The concepts I learned in Calculus II came back to help me tremendously in Differential Equations and multiple of my upper level meteorology courses. Dr. Silver was also, easily, one of the best teachers/professors I've ever had. He was smart, witty, and a fair grader, would wanted his students to succeed. Unfortunately, Dr. Silver will be retiring at the end of next semester, so I will be unable to have him again. :(
#2. Fall 2013- MET 353 General Meteorology with Mr. Andrew Murray
This was my first three hundred level course here at USA, and was also probably the most rigorous of my sophomore year. This was the meaty meteorology course that covered a ton of topics such as basic meteorological instrumentation, development of highs and lows, precipitation processes, storm development, and a whole ton more! In this course, I not only learned concepts of meteorology, but even in my second course in the field, I learned to apply them through DiFax map, skew-t, and RAOB analysis, weather briefings, basic forecasting assignments, and case studies. This course made me really look forward to more upper level courses in meteorology and my future career in general.
#3. Fall 2014- MET 356 Physical Meteorology with Dr. Chad Shafer
Ha. Haha. Ha. No. This class is definitely not one of my favorites. In fact, I dread it. But, if there is one class where I feel like I'm going to walk out after the final, knowing that I learned something. The class is very, very difficult, likely the hardest 300 level course at USA. Think of a thermodynamics course on steroids and applied to the atmosphere. Yeah, doesn't it sound like fun! But, the class, while hard, is teaching me a lot. During exams, quizzes, and problem sets, I've had many "lightbulb" moments. Chad is also very easy going ,witty, and wants us to genuinely learn, not just regurgitate information.