For this year’s general chemistry students at Butler University, the message on the first day of class was the same as always.
Professor Robert Pribush polled his students, asking how many were involved in extracurricular activities in high school. He asked about sports, dance, performing and other activities. He wanted to know how many hours they spent during the week practicing — two, three, four hours.
Then he asked if they plan on going into sports or performance professionally. When the students laugh, Pribush got serious. He hammered home the idea that if they spend that kind of extra time on extracurricular activities, they have to spend more in order to succeed as doctors, pharmacists and scientists.