At the age of seventeen, Victor leaves his family in Geneva to attend the university at Ingolstadt. Although he loves his family Victor is okay with leaving them behind to study what he is passionate about. "When I had attained the age of seventeen my parents resolved that I should become a student at the university of Ingolstadt,"(Shelley 28).
Just before Victor leaves for school, his mother catches scarlet fever from Elizabeth, whom she has recently been nursing back to health. Victors mother unfortunately dies of the sickness shortly after that. Before she dies his mother begs Elizabeth and Victor to marry. "She died calmly, and her countenance expressed affection even indeath,"(Shelley 29).
After arriving at the university, he sets up a meeting with a professor of natural philosophy, M. Krempe. Kreme tells Victor that all the time that Victor has spent studying the alchemists has been wasted, further pushing Victor on the study of natural philosophy so he works harder. "Have you really spent your time studying such nonsense?"(Shelley 31).
Victor then attends a lecture in chemistry by a professor named Waldman. This lecture, along with a meeting with the professor, convinces Victor to pursue his studies in the sciences. "After having made a few preparatory experiments, he concluded with a panegyric upon modern chemistry, the terms of which I shall never forget,"(Shelley 32).
Victor sees this "new" science as the enemy to his "own" science and vows to prove that the alchemists were right. He pledges to prove his peers wrong who don't believe in his work wrong, that his research about Cornelius Agrippa and Paracelsus is worth it.
Victor goes and visits Waldman again and they talk more about Victor's research. Waldman takes him into his laboratory and explains the usage of the many machines. He also gave Victor the list of books he had requested to further his research.