Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Nerd at heart.....


As much as fashion, makeup and celebrity gossip intrigue me, I have to confess that I'm somewhat of a "nerd" at heart. Getting that test back in college with a giant red "A" written at the top of it was right up there with finding money in your pocket or remembering that you have leftover pizza in the fridge.

With the exclusion of history which totally bores me, I loved school. The love of history is one gene I did not inherit from my dad. He could probably tell you something about every battle, document or major court decision there ever was. But the dates, sequence of events and bills escape me. Though English is normally paired with history and math normally paired with science, my wires crossed somewhere to make me an english/science lover. (Though I have to say there is some major gratification involved with figuring out some multi-step calculus problem.....until you realize you will never in your life need such knowledge).

In the past 11 months, I've taken on four different courses. Physics, which was a special joy (<---- that is a lie), medical terminology and Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2. We won't talk about the fact that all of these classes are absolutely useless and superfluous now. However, we will talk about the fact that the body is AMAZING. Reading through the details of how each system works and how it functions so seamlessly with the other systems in an otherwise healthy individual is truly astounding. I can’t tell you how many beach days there were where my bag was heavy, not with the weight of a juicy novel, but rather with the anatomy book and its colorful pages of diagrams and micrographs and how many hours were spent streaking a fluorescent highlighter across only the most important facts to be remembered.

So while I can't tell you anything about what happened in December of 1968 or the sequence of events of the Zulu Wars....I could chat with you for hours about the function of the endocrine system and the intricacies of the brachial and celiac plexuses and the special jobs assigned to the voracious macrophages or the protective lymphocytes! Take my word for it, it can only be described as fascinating. And the notion of evolution becomes utterly absurd in light of the miracle of all our bodies can do.

One thing I've taken away is that it's good to keep learning. While college is now, three years behind me (yikes, I'm getting old!) studying something other than the pages of In Touch magazine has been (though stressful at times)....enjoyable. So while I go strap on my rainbow suspenders and pack my highlighters in my pocket protector, I'll leave you with some quotes about the joy of learning:

"I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday." ~Abraham Lincoln

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty."~ Henry Ford

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