“Western U, Western U, we ride Mustangs, how 'bout you!”
Today was no doubt one of the best days at SHAD yet, and that’s saying a lot.
The day started off with Western SHADs visiting CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics) at the London Health Sciences Centre-University to explore the emerging world of surgical robotics. Not only did we have the chance to enter a lab filled with millions of dollars of medical equipment, but we were fortunate enough to interact with it – just like medical residents would. Using the machines, we had the opportunity to attempt tasks requiring precision and hand stability, such as using the da Vinci Robotic-Assisted Surgery system to sort miniscule objects by colour and using surgical graspers and a camera to move tiny bolts.
Thank you to everyone at CSTAR for the amazing experience.
After lunch, we moved on to the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre to explore our artistic sides. We were handed brushes and had our eyes opened to the wonderful world of watercolour. Following a brief lesson, we tested the waters (quite literally) and painted our very own creations.
The SHADly fun, however, didn’t stop there. Our PAs and PDs surprised us with our very own SHAD Olympics. During the evening filled with SHADs “going for it," we competed in events such as chute ball, an obstacle course and archery, topping it all off with a water balloon fight.
Yet no matter how great our activities are here at SHAD Western, at the end of the day, it’s the people who make the journey unforgettable. Every single one of us has been there for one another since day one – and we're looking forwards to a final, life-changing week.