So our exam in HB1 is officially over, and the lack of attendance at Tuesday’s lectures clearly illustrated that we as a class celebrated appropriately for the occassion.  I was a champ and actually made it to class, although I will definitely need to listen to one of the lectures over again because I completely zoned out / did other homework during lecture.  Oh well.

But alas, we’re now officially in HB2 and that means one thing: Anatomy.  Yup, Anatomy, where we get to learn all of the parts of the human body.  UConn (thankfully) still incorporates student dissections as part of their anatomy course, so I’m in a group of four with my buddies AA, JG, and AK.  Our class was able to do “first cuts” with MSII’s the other night before our first real day of anatomy lab.  It was definitely a great experience, and way better than showing up to Anatomy Wednesday morning and having zero clue as to what was going on.  But we learn fast (we have to) and we’re already off dissecting various parts and also realizing that the human body has a ton of parts to it.  I mean literally a ton.  We’re one day in, and I already appreciate my body way more now that I did two days ago.  Once you start moving parts around and seeing how everything’s interconnected you really do learn to appreciate everything you’ve got and to not take your body for granted.

The opportunity to be doing what we’re doing is indescribably amazing.  I’m really at a loss for words.  We’ve been given a gift that I know none of us will ever forget for as long as we live.  Over the course of the year we are going to become intimate with our cadaver, our formerly living and breathing human being.  I’m so thankful for the gift that these people have given us, and to allow us the ability to see all the inner workings of the human body.  I’m also thankful that UConn still incorporates hands-on student dissections into anatomy course.

This experience is going to be something that will not only enhance our education and knowledge but will also bring AA, JG, AK, and me closer together as we become intimately involved with our cadaver.