The Biomedical Sciences Program at Bel Air High School has provided me with a skill set far beyond any other classes I have taken. Beginning with the Principles of Biomedical Sciences and ending with Biomedical Innovations, I have been taught proper lab skills, as well as life skills such as public speaking and presenting that will help me in my future endeavors. These are skills that I have been able to take with me into other classes as well. In AP English Lit last week we gave a presentation about the literary work “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. When we began working on these presentations we were given a set of guidelines very similar to the presentation rubrics that we receive in Biomed. This includes rules such as always making eye contact with the audience and the 6 x 6 rule (only 6 lines of text and only 6 words per line on each slide). Because of my previous experiences using these presentation guidelines, I didn’t find this project extremely daunting, however, I overheard many of my peers complaining about the complexity of these rules given. Another example of biomed carrying into my other classes was in Anatomy and Physiology last year. After having taken Human Body Systems sophomore year many of the topics that we covered in anatomy built off of knowledge that I had previously attained. This allowed for a deeper understanding of these concepts which will be extremely beneficial as I take even more in-depth Anatomy classes in college. These were only two of the many moments like these when I have experienced this feeling of accomplishment and preparedness because of the Biomed program.
The biomedical sciences program has also encouraged me to pursue a future career in the medical field, nursing. Because of the classes that I have taken in this pathway, I have been given a basic understanding of what it will be like to work in a hospital setting, dealing with patients and various diseases and disorders. With the addition of an internship/ shadowing experience this year, I will be able to even further my understanding of what being a nurse will entail, and ensure, before I even start taking any college classes, that nursing is something that I would love to do for the rest of my life. To me that knowledge is priceless.
As I prepare to graduate high school, I am more confident than many of my classmates about attacking the rigor of college courses because of my experiences in the Biomedical Sciences program. Both of my older brothers were in the biomed program at Bel Air High School and have told me that in their college classes, especially in labs, they felt ahead of the other students because of the useful skills they had mastered through biomed. The other students had only just touched upon these techniques in their regular high school science classes. Because of the skill set developed through hard work and practice, I truly believe that biomed students have a “leg up” when entering college, and future careers.