Every once in a while, the stuff you're learning in class turns out to have direct application to your life. Well...that happened last week for me, in Microbiology of all places.
I wrote that I was sick with the flu during Brick City weekend, and while feeling better, I still hadn't recovered fully. We were making cultures of our mouths, throats and nose in Microbio last week, and I swabbed my throat like a good child and popped it in the incubator without a second thought until...Friday. When I went to look at my throat plate on Friday...it looked something like this:
In case you couldn't guess, that (above) is really not normal. So I showed the plate to my professor, and he took one look at it and said "You have strep throat." Which totally made sense as to why my throat would be hurting.
The best part of the story is that I took the plate to the Student Health Center, they looked at my throat and the plate, said, "Yep, you have strep." And gave me drugs. So the moral of the story is to never discount what you learn in class, you might diagnose yourself inadvertently!