Grade 12 student Hayden Jones shared his experience from stepping outside of a traditional classroom setting and seeing beyond what a textbook is capable of showing.
“As a Grade 12 Biology student, I had the amazing opportunity to go and visit the University of Guelph Cadaver Lab to learn about the human body. For me, this was something I have wanted to do for a while as I am aiming to pursue a career in the medical field.
“This was a great experience for me and the rest of my class because it gave us a new way of learning. In the classroom, most things are taught with words, pictures, and diagrams, whereas at the anatomy lab we got a hands-on learning experience.
“As soon as we entered the lab there were three tables. Each one was covered with a blue sheet and had a set of bones from a different region of the body. One table had lower extremities, another had upper extremities, and the third table had the spinal column. At each of these tables, we learned how the bones interact with each other, and how they help us in our day-to-day lives. Personally, my favorite table was the one with the spinal column.
After we saw the bones we left the room as they set up the next stations. These next stations consisted of the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the brain and spine, and the muscular system. For some of my classmates, seeing this was a bit overwhelming. As someone who wants to pursue a career in medicine, this was a good test to see if I could handle the cadavers. Overall, I think it's safe to say I passed.”