IBCP students help in American Red Cross blood drive

International Baccalaureate Career-Related Program (IBCP) students assisted in a blood drive run by the American Red Cross organization Thursday, Feb. 6 in the Multi-purpose Room. 

A week prior to the event, the students registered donors during lunch. At the blood drive, they checked people in, told donors to fill out a questionnaire and provided donors with food and water afterward to ensure that they would stay in healthy condition. 

“It was lots of fun, and it served as a unique experience. I enjoyed being able to talk with lots of different people,” junior Giuliana Umali said. “Socializing and comforting others was pushing me out of my comfort zone, but I was glad that I did it.”

The experience allowed IBCP students to interact with patients and observe professionals in a medical setting. Being a part of the blood drive also connects to their biomedical curriculum, which includes lessons about the cardiovascular system and studies on blood. 

“It gets us prepared for whatever careers we pursue after college,” junior Anastasia Thompson said. “Even if we don’t work for the Red Cross, we are still able to gain work experience and have a better understanding of how to engage with other people.”

By Natalie Cheng, Staff writer
Photo by Annika Le