Chinese

<p>I want to learn Chinese so I can study acupuncture/Chinese medicine on the side.
But the Chinese class at Emory, I've heard, is insanely hard.
I can speak it fluently for daily conversation (born in China, lived there for 6 years before coming over here) but I don't have a diverse vocabulary or anything. As for the reading and writing part... I forgot all my characters. :/ I do know pinyin, though.</p>

<p>I want to go down the premed track, with a major in Bio and a minor in Visual Arts.
I also want to continue French (I've taken it for 5 years) and study abroad. Also, I plan to join the Taekwondo Club. </p>

<p>I can AP out of English (5), and perhaps Chem (4) So my Freshmen schedule might look like this:
Chem (?)
Bio
Seminar
Elective</p>

<p>I'm just wondering if I should jump right into Chinese in the first semester. Also, if anyone has any information regarding the professors or coursework or workload, please feel free to share. ^^ Thank you!</p>

<p>A lot of students take their foreign language during freshmen year, so you could put Chinese into your "Elective" spot on your schedule. From what I've heard, the Chinese classes are generally very difficult even for heritage students, with the 100 and 200 level courses meeting 4 times a week (instead of the normal 3 or 2 for most other 4 credit hour classes). You have to take that placement test on Blackboard to see what level they recommend for you, and judging by your background, CHN 103 - Elementary Chinese for Heritage Speakers would probably be your best choice for 1st semester, followed by CHN 203 2nd semester. </p>

<p>I am a rising sophomore and will take CHN 303 next semester, so I can't personally comment on the profs. or coursework just yet.</p>

<p>A note about skipping chemistry - if you're premed you will need 4 semesters of Chem w/ 2 of those semesers being orgo, so if you do get the AP credit and decide to use it and jump to orgo your freshmen year, you will need 1 to 2 semesters of either CHEM 142 (since AP credit only gives CHEM 141) or upper level classes such as inorganic or biochem because many med schools either don't accept AP credit or look down on it. Since you are majoring in Bio, taking upper level chem class may seem like extra work (w/ the exception of biochem of course) but if you like to be challenged and can still maintain a high GPA w/ a more rigorous schedule, go for it.</p>

<p>Don't recommend inorganic to them. Recommend 260. It's closer to 142 material. It's extremely advantageous to have Pchem before 350 (Emory eliminated 250, which is intermediate for some reason. No fair, even Tech has intermediate inorganic). Then again, I hear hagen is teaching it and plans to make it so that it's a relatively easy transition even for those students w/o Pchem. However, I would not consider Hagen as good a prof. as Hill (not that even Hill was great by any means).</p>