A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending my very first Bio Club meeting. As someone who is interested in the field of science and wants to pursue something in it as a career, it seemed almost natural that I join this club. With my luck, this meeting just so happened to be the day of the cow eye dissection. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love science, but the thought of cutting something open completely terrifies me, and the slightest amount of blood makes me squeal. Let’s just say I was debating whether or not to go to this meeting. However, in the end, I was really glad that I was able to attend.
Nowadays, lots of elementary schools offer different opportunities for dissections. During all my chances in elementary school, however, my dread always tended to overshadow my excitement. Well, that was until this Bio Club Meeting. I decided to go to the meeting unaware of what I was walking into. We divided up in groups and were given diagrams of the eye alongside three cow eyes to dissect. Slowly, we removed the top layers of the eye and were able to identify the different parts. My group, consisting of other girls just as squeamish as I am, encountered a few minor issues in the beginning. However, we were able to overcome these obstacles and had tons of fun finding our way through them. And while there were many times where I was quite nauseous, the overall experience was unlike any other. Yes, while it was scary at the start, as we progressed, I realized that by being part of the dissection I got a hands-on experience that made me appreciate science more and made me realize just how interesting a job in the field of medicine would be.
Biology Club is supervised by Mrs. Wilt, and, even though this meeting was my first, I was able to easily recognize how well organized and insightful this club was, let alone how welcoming they were to new members. From what I know, Biology Club has many more dissections to come. For anybody interested in pursuing a career in the field of science or anybody who just has an affinity for science, being part of this club is a great idea. We are given an amazing opportunity to learn hands on and are able to take away experiences that we otherwise would have missed out on.