Good luck with the class as what you are doing is excellent. Two of the AT hikers I have followed this season have had their thru hike plans disrupted by "on trail" medical issues. One was a severe case of Trench Foot and the other was a tibia/fibula fracture as he was just 4 miles into the 100 mile wilderness. One of the hike halting medical issues could have been prevented with Wilderness Medical knowledge and the other could have been splinted with Wilderness Medical First Aid. The fact is the best first aid kit is the knowledge you take with you into the wilderness. Be prepared with the right knowledge.
Warm Soda is providing an excellent opportunity to gain some great information. Just my feelings