The most useful course I took in high school was a year long tutorial on typing (see August 8, 2018). Being able to type (50 wpm) has come in verrrry handy throughout my career. The most valuable course I took in college was a year-long (two semester) course in first aid. We started with the American Red Cross beginner course, moved on to the intermediate course, then moved up to advanced. We concluded the second semester with the Civil Defense Emergency Responder course – an intense immersion – which included clear instruction on a wide variety of serious emergency medical situations. When I signed up for the course I thought “I’m an Eagle Scout. This will be a snap.” Yeah right. It wasn’t.
Knowledge of first aid can be of great value — and may come in handy. Sometimes very handy. The first response to any emergency is to call “911” or call medical professional. But when that’s not possible or help is delayed, knowledge of CPR or the Heimlich Maneuver – or the basics of what to do when confronted with serious bleeding or trauma – could make all the difference in the world. All it takes is that one day – that one moment in time – when everything is going south. Fast. And there is no one but you. . . .