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I survived my first year of optometry school, blogosphere!
Big congrats to my Class of 2015-ers. We took over eight exams in a week's period-- no sweat right?! Somehow we managed to get though all of them together. With that marathon finish, I think we all deserve a nice vacation before the summer mini-term begins.
So what do newly initiated second-years do with their one-and-only summer vaca during optometry school? There's actually quite a few options! For example, many of my classmates are currently abroad this week participating in service trips in Colombia, Belize, and Mexico. There, my classmates are providing free eye health and vision care services for some of those countries most underserved populations. Way to go and "Save Some Vision" amigos!
Some of my classmates have teamed up with professors to lead various research endeavors at SCO this summer, while other classmates are using their vacation to work or shadow in optometry offices and put to the test the many new skills they've learned over this past year.
I'm hoping to get a bit of that practice in here and there when I get back to KY in June with some of my town's local optometrists . As of now though, I'm working front desk at The Eye Center and taking advantage of my free evenings to catch up on some reading. However, I'm pretty sure all I can think about when I read are my eye-tracking movements and if they're a normal speed, how my magno and parvo pathways are affecting my comprehension, and how my overshoots and undershoots are affecting my gaze shifts...thank you Dr. Schnell and Dr. Harris. Come the end of this month, my younger brother will be graduating high school (man, I feel old), which means I'll be spending most of my days catching up with the fam' on Lake Cumberland and utilizing my free time to do trial frame refractions on just about anyone I know :)
At the end of June most of my classmates, including me, will be heading north of the Mason Dixon Line to the Windy City of Chicago for Optometry's Meeting 2012...think SECO times 10. Besides the usual CE courses, tradeshow, and tourist attractions, this is the main meeting for both the American Optometric Association (AOA) and American Optometric Student Association (AOSA). As SCO's AOSA Trustee-elect, I'll be spending most of my time at Optometry's Meeting in board meetings for the AOSA as well as meeting my fellow trustees and trustee-elects from each optometry school. I'm also looking forward to seeing all the school's decked out in their themed outfits (SCO's theme is 'Construction' to match the upcoming renovations and improvements happening on campus). Also, I'm excited to attend the Student Bowl competition where our very own, Aubrey Fulton, will represent SCO and compete for a chance to be named the National Student Bowl Champion.
Fast forward to July, and it's back to the Blues City for the summer mini-term. So if anyone has needed an indicator of how fast time flies, my first-year really has been it. Just think, by this time next year I will have officially started working as a student doctor in The Eye Center!!
But let's not get too ahead of ourselves just yet, and enjoy the summer break we do have. Don't fret blogosphere , I'll keep you posted throughout the summer of my whereabouts and watchabedoings. In the meantime, enjoy these photos taken during the Patio Farewell event:
Cheers to summer...