Rochester, New YorkI am a senior in high school looking to study engineering. I moved to New York in 8th grade and enjoyed school for the most part, although the classes could get rather dull. I enjoy a multitude of activities, from playing the tuba to doing parkour. I also really enjoy playing video games; as of right now I am really into Smash 4 and Typing of the Dead: Overkill. :DI found edX while browsing MIT’s opencourseware site. I was searching for material to self-study calculus with because I was really bored in class. MIT had announced that they were offering a course on Circuits and Electronics, and I was excited to see if I could tackle it. In the end, I did not end up signing up for the course since I did not learn differential equations in time, but I did sign up for MITx’s Programming class and their Intro to Solid State Chemistry course right after that. My involvement with edX took off from there: as of right now, I have completed about 40 college-level courses. I signed up for any class that seemed remotely interesting, from Neuronal Dynamics to Visualizing Japan. My favorite class was Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science, because of the many projects about food.
One of my favorite courses was Principles of Economics with Calculus with Professor Rangel. I worked many more hours per week on this course than expected, and I actually ended up failing by one point in the end. It was a good lesson in hard work, and it taught me a lot of economics at the same time.
Several of the courses I took had big effects on my life: the programming course I took taught me the basics of python that allowed me to get an internship in Virtual Reality. Taking multiple courses in macroeconomics and failing them taught me that I don’t like macroeconomics that much. Finally, courses in materials science and aeronautical engineering taught me that those two fields are a lot of fun. Two of the courses that I took, Introduction to Solid State Chemistry from MITx and Electricity and Magnetism from RiceX allowed me to take the AP exams in AP Chemistry and AP Physics C, which didn’t hurt on my transcript.
EdX has been a big part in my life, and I certainly plan to take many more courses. I believe that more high school students, especially those who already excel in AP classes, need to take more edX classes.