I completely forgot to mention that last week during Relay for Life, I participated with my pre-health organization Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED). This past weekend, AED participated in the 9 News Health Fair at the YMCA in Boulder. I’ve been a volunteer for the 9 News Health Fair for the past three years, and each year gets better and better. The event is a free health fair with free screenings, blood testing, and a variety of organizations that people can take advantage of. This year and last year, I was on the centrifugation station. Basically, people come in and fill out a form of the different blood tests they want to get done, and then take a few vials of blood from a phlebotomist. Our job was to collect the blood samples, keep them in order, and centrifuge them. Did you know that you have to wait at least 30 minutes before you can centrifuge a blood sample to make sure that the blood clots? Also, one centrifuge trial takes 12 minutes, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you have what seems like 1,000,000 samples to take care of, it seems like an hour per cycle! We didn’t interact with the fairgoers very much, which would have been a bit more entertaining for me, but nevertheless I still had a great time (which also may have been because I was deliriously tired from having to be there at 6am).
If you’re from Colorado, I would encourage you to find a fair and volunteer! You’ll meet a lot of great people who want to make a difference in the healthcare field.
On a totally unrelated note, this morning I waited in line for two hours for a ticket to see President Obama speak when he comes to campus this Tuesday. The line was INSANE! I’m not sure what the exact amount of tickets available are, but I was shocked at how many students were there this morning. More to come on that situation after it happens!