This is IT, guys! Just one more week, then its FINALS! Can you believe it? I know I keep asking that but I am repeatedly astonished by how quickly this semester has past. Its crazy to look back at the beginning of fall and realize that was not even a year ago. It feels like longer. Meanwhile, this semester feels like I’ve only done a few weeks of classes. I will never understand my perception of time, haha!

Today, the bloodmobile stopped by SCF. A good chance for you to help out our community! Blood is something that is almost always in high-demand for patients, and it doesn’t hurt you to give any. Now I just need to practice what I preach and get my butt in there! I’m sort of afraid of the needles, but I’m sure if I just take that first step, I’ll be able to do it. I’m sure the same applies to many of our readers. ;)

And while we’re on the topic of of donating blood, a classmate of mine gave a great speech about Hepatitis C today. It was a great presentation, very informative and my classmate was a great speaker! I wanted to share some of the things I learned in there, because I think its something everybody should know. Many people end up with Hepatitis C and don’t know until after they have died! Which isn’t to say that this is a disease that is out, slowly decimating our population. There are measures that can be taken, and ways it can be cured. You just have to catch it first!

What does Hepatitis C do? It attacks your liver and can be identified through blood work. If you’re not careful with where you get piercings or tattoos done, Hepatitis C could be passed on through the tools used for this if they are not properly sanitized. You might want to get checked out, just in case. For our older students, if you have received any blood transfusions prior to 1992, you will probably want to be tested, just in case. Prior to 1992, hospitals and blood banks did not screen their donations for Hepatitis C. I didn’t take

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this on here to scare anybody, I just felt like it was a good health notice for the general public! After all, I know I haven’t heard all that much about Hepatitis. But its a problem that can be fixed, so people might as well have their eyes open.

How has this semester treated everybody? Did it fly by for you as quickly as it has for me? Please, tell me about your semester or maybe even share some stories about donating blood! We love to hear from you, our email is studentblog@scf.edu.