Craziness and Community

We only have three weeks left in this module, a fact that I have become very aware of lately.  This module in general has kept us quite busy but from here on out, its going to be crazy with projects, assignments and exams.  But on the other end of every crazy period, we have a wonderful break to look forward to— two weeks to be exact.  Also, we had a four-day weekend for the 4th so we got a chance to prepare for the storm.

Despite the craziness, it has been a great module.  It has been challenging on many levels but looking back, I know I’ve learned a ton.  We’re winding down with all of our classes now and actually only have one week of anatomy lab left.  I’m both excited at the prospect of no longer having to smell (and smell of) formaldehyde, and of course, the idea of no longer cutting doesn’t feel like much of a loss.  However, I will very much miss the time of learning hands-on from our donors. After six months of both anatomy and physiology, and three months of other courses, we’ll be done.  It feels like an accomplishment for sure!

The community that our class has created and grown has been awesome to see recently.  One of our classmates and his wife are expecting their first child in August (second baby of the class) and we were able to throw a big cookout baby shower for them last week.  In the thank you letter to the class he began with “Dear family,” a sentiment shared by many.  Before I started at Elon, I definitely focused on the prospect of learning.  I’ve found though, that in addition to all the knowledge that I have gained, I have also taken on a community, a family.  We’ve also started having our own PT 2013 version of “college coffee” with a weekly break for coffee and homemade breakfast.  Its all volunteer-based and we have not yet gone hungry.  Its been a time to look forward to weekly: free food, coffee, and conversation.

I hope you’re all enjoying summer!  See you on the other side.

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