Find out what the members of the class of 2015 are up to in their first year of college. A college freshman is featured in the Freshman Focus every week.
Ethan Ham, ‘15, attends UC San Diego. He is majoring in material physics.
Q: What classes are you taking?
A: General Ed Writing, Chemistry 6B, Math 20E (vector calculus) and Computer Literacy (basic computer science). Computer Literacy is a requirement.
Q: What’s your favorite class?
A: Chemistry. It’s interesting, and it’s not very hard because I took AP Chemistry in high school.
Q: Are you excited for the end of the quarter?
A: No. Next week is finals, and my math final is going to be very difficult.
A: My teacher has a very thick French accent that makes him hard to understand. On top of that, he’s not very good at explaining the material too. He’s definitely a step down from what I had in (teacher Glenn) Mangold.
Q: How’s your dorm?
A: It’s OK. I live in an on-campus apartment. I chose it because it has a kitchen and a living room.
My four roommates and I share one bathroom. UCSD has six housing colleges. I live in the one for science and engineering majors. But I try not to spend a lot of time at my dorm.
A: My roommates are all Chinese, and they play League of Legends (a video game). So when I come home I always hear them shouting in Chinese to each other across the apartment. They also have bad bathroom hygiene; our bathroom is disgusting.
Q: How’s the weather?
A: Seventy and sunny nearly every day.
Q: The food?
A: All right. Some dining halls have better food than others. UCSD charges students by each individual item, instead of buffet style. So that sucks for me because I eat a lot.
Q: Are you participating in any extracurricular activities?
A: I play club soccer, and I’m trying to rush a fraternity too. I also go to the gym most days.
Q: What’s San Diego like?
A: I’ve only gone to the city a few times just for some concerts. It’s about a 20-minute drive. The beach is only a 10-minute walk.
Q: Have you learned how to surf yet?
A: No. But I’m going to take classes that the school offers over spring break to learn.
Q: What makes UCSD so special?
A: It has a good academic reputation, and it’s right next to the beach.
Q: Was it hard adjusting to the campus?
A: It’s a big campus. But there are a lot of resources that make it easy to find your way around.
Q: What has surprised you about San Diego?
A: There are a lot of Asians.
Q: Do you have any advice for the class of 2017?
A: If you’re applying to UCSD, choose Muir or Eleanor Roosevelt College because they have the best campuses.