Babyish Science Labs
It is said that if you begin with a small thing, you will get the biggest one. Thomas Morgan-a famous American scientist once succeeded in a small lab which was his own bedroom. However, if there is solely one person in the small lab, it's still much bigger for one than for all. Science labs in Annex Building Room 126W at Delgado Community College have the same problem. Moreover, the environment inside the labs is also a factor that prevents students from learning and exploring. If Delgado Community College really wants students to pay more interest in the science program, moving the science labs, opening a healthy environment and giving a better condition in the labs should be accomplished.
The environment in the science labs is not clean enough to study there. When being asked about the science labs, Margaret Wetzel (sophomore student in General Sciences) laughed and said that they are so "dirty and untidy." According to Tong Do (freshman in Business Administration), the science labs are like "the mess." He said, "I was impressed by the first time and I told myself that I should not come there." He also stated that when he needed to study for his test, he couldn't find the model or slide he wanted. After asking the tutor, the tutor said that he had to come back for the following day to see it. "Some of the slides and equipment are covered with dust," enunciated Tong. Many researchers have shown that in dirty labs, a lot of germs and viruses can grow and develop easily and quickly. Truly, students who come to study can get sick because of those dangerous bacteria and viruses over there.
Moreover, the tutor in the labs sometimes isn't helpful enough for students. Specifically, when Wetzel's instructor asked her to go into the lab for the tutor's help in working with the problem, the tutor "didn't know how to solve it" (Wetzel). Compare to Vietnam, although Vietnamese students don't have sufficient technique in the labs like here, they have a very excellent tutor to work with them because Vietnamese schools pay their attentions to who will best help students. Most Vietnamese tutors are teachers at the same time, unlike here, a lot of tutors are only any students. In most cases in Vietnam, tutors are trained every year before the semester starts, depending on which field they are familiar with, and they are very good at the one they take care of. Therefore, tutors here should be the ones who should help students beside students' instructors.
The science labs' arrangements and sizes are not suitable for college students. It is like for babies. Why is it similar to babies' labs? People would wonder because babies don't have labs at very early age. Yes, the rooms in which they play are the labs for them. Imagine that toys are everywhere in the small room. And each baby plays at such a small place that doesn't occupy so much space in the room. Therefore, if they want to run around and play, they have to .....Exactly like the science labs! An expert who can be believed in is Mr. Eric, an ESL lab manager. Mr. Eric expressed his ideas that the science labs are as small as they were before Katrina. Moreover, all equipment inside the labs weren't bought more or replaced. "They are just like before Katrina. Everything is just exactly the same. People just moved things over there," said he. Indeed, when observing the science labs, they are really small, and the arrangement of the tables is very inconvenient for students to get in and out. Students who study there perhaps don't feel happy because they are bothered a lot during studying there. They should not receive the bad labs like they are used for only babies.
In general, students have to pay a high fee for technology and science labs; therefore, it is fair enough that Delgado Community College should have a building for science labs, create a good environment and give students the best service. Students already have their responsibility to study successfully; however, that responsibility needs to be supported by the school where they attend. Students are worthy to receive what they are trying for because they have been paying a lot for their study, both their money and labor, even their spirit.
- Dinh, Joseph. Personal Interview. 27 Jan. 2010.
- Do, Tong. Personal Interview. 29 Jan. 2010.
- Hornsby, Eric. Personal Interview. 29 Jan. 2010.
- Wetzel, Margaret. Personal Interview. 29 Jan. 2010.