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During the school year, I never really have a ton of time to engage in the purely-American tradition of watching primetime TV. And, honestly, I really don’t like TV all that much to begin with. But, even so, I do enjoy watching a few shows; namely, “The Big Bang Theory,” “Jeopardy!” (for which I’ll be taking the online test in March in hopes of being on the college tournament – wish me luck!), “Emily Owens M.D.” (which was cancelled, much to my dismay), and “The Amazing Race.”

Tomorrow night, the next season of “The Amazing Race” will begin. I’ve always loved this show because it allows me to travel the world and experience various cultures while sitting in my spot on the couch. (I openly admit that, like Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory,” I do have my special spot on the couch around which my entire universe revolves.) I’ve loved that show since the very beginning, and I think it would be awesome to be a contestant on it one day.

But as I think about watching this and other reality shows, I realize that my reality is much different. Instead of asking the question to the given answer or scarfing down a huge bowl of cheese while sitting on a Ferris wheel in a faraway country, I’ll be studying for the four tests that I have to take next week. I’ll be reviewing the evolutionary relationships among the central nervous systems of various species, the differences among the different types of biochemical reactions, and the equations related to electric fields. Is this as fun as backpacking on a race around the world? Arguably not. But, eventually, I’ll get somewhere special because of all of this studying, even if that special somewhere is a lab in the middle of the city of St. Louis.

And for those of you who need a quick pick-me-up break from studying, enjoy one of my very favorite guilty-pleasure clips from – you guessed it – “The Amazing Race.”


It wasn’t all that long ago when nerds were deemed ‘uncool,’ ‘unpopular,’ and just plain ‘geeky.’ I definitely consider myself to be a nerd; I am thoroughly interested in biology, and, though I prefer microorganisms to thermodynamics, I’m not scared half to death when someone asks me to balance a chemical equation (which happens more often than you’d think). And as a self-proclaimed nerd, I’m happy to say that those of us who are somewhat nerdy are becoming more valued and understood by society, in part due to shows like ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

This week, Fontbonne will be celebrating all things nerd with the first-ever Geek Week. During this nerdy spirit week, various aspects of ‘nerd life,’ such as science, math, and video games, will be explored with fun games and activities. On Bazinga Day, there will be ‘Big Bang Theory’ marathons all day long in addition to a ‘Silly Science Fair’ with fun science demos presented by yours truly, and on Friday, which will be sponsored jointly by CAB and Gaming-2-Gether, students will have the opportunities to tour a video game programming facility, participate in a video game tournament, and watch the new movie ‘Wreck-It Ralph.’ Add in days devoted to hipsters, Muggles who yearn to be witches and wizards, and the superhero in us all, and this will surely be an unforgettable week.

In one especially memorable episode of ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ Leonard said, ‘Twelve years after high school and I’m still at the nerd table.’ This line will definitely apply to me one day, and I have to admit that I’m happy it will. Happy Geek Week, everyone!!


Alumni Posts


by Alumni Posts on October 14, 2011

in Extracurricular

Ah, the joys of primetime television. The fall season is and has always been my favorite season of television. Though I’m definitely not what you’d call a TV junkie, I do love sitting down on my couch after a long day, putting my feet up, snacking on some popcorn or other theatrical delicacy, and catching up on some of my favorite shows.

This semester, however, has inadvertently taught me how to be choosy with my shows. I haven’t really watched any TV since school started because I’ve been really busy studying for tests, working on organic chemistry problems, writing lab reports, and reading. Like most people of the twenty-first century, I don’t have a DVR; I still use an old-fashioned VCR to record my favorite television shows on a videotape. Because videotapes will only record for a total of two-and-a-half hours, I can only record about three shows (as long as one of those shows is only a half hour long).

This season, I had hoped to watch Fox’s “Terra Nova” and “X-Factor,” CBS’s “Person of Interest,” and ABC’s “Last Man Standing” (I just love Tim Allen!). These new shows, of course, would have to come after some old favorites like NBC’s “Chuck,” of which I’ve been an avid watcher since its pilot episode during my sophomore year of high school, and “The Big Bang Theory,” which is always chock full of great science jokes to share among my circle of friends.

“So,” you may wonder, “which shows are you actually watching this season?” My answer, for now, would have to be just “The Big Bang Theory.” The final season of “Chuck” (tears and sniffles) begins two weeks from today, so I will most definitely be putting away my chemistry book in order to see the final chapter of my all-time favorite show. Though it’s somewhat upsetting that I won’t be able to actively participate in my favorite season of television, I’m happy to say that my biology classes are definitely worth it. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else (except for, maybe, watching a few other shows during primetime…)

“A neutron walks into a bar and asks how much for a drink. The bartender replies, ‘For you, no charge.'” – The Big Bang Theory


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