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Happy New Year blogoshpere!
Christmas break was here and done before I knew it. After spending the holidays in the Bluegrass, I went up north to Grand Rapids, MI to visit family, and hopefully catch sight of a few snow flurries (really winter, where was the white Christmas this year!?). The break was definitely needed, and it was nice to spend time with family and friends. And while I was certain I could go for another two weeks off, now that classes have resumed, I can tell that any more time away from school and I just might have forgotten everything I learned the first semester. Yet after diving back into Theory Lab on Friday, I don't think I'll be forgetting anything anytime soon.
Now that I'm back in Memphis you'd think it was anytime but January here. I was welcomed back to school this week with 60-degree weather and sunshine. Talk about starting the second semester off on a good note.
Speaking of the second semester...wow, I can't believe it's already here! Now that we've sifted through the course basics in the fall, my classes this semester are much more focused on the mechanics and optics of the eye. The class load is heavier than the fall, so that's a bit daunting. In the end I know the hard work will pay off as I broaden my understanding of the eye and gain the academic foundation to be a good clinician. Oh, let the studying begin!
Amongst the busyness that comes with starting classes after the winter break, there are two highly anticipated upcoming events this month too. The first is State Day on January 11. This is a neat event that's organized at SCO to allow students and optometry professionals to network and discuss recent developments in optometric legislation pertinent to each students state. The second event comes towards the end of the month and that is the "Eye Ball." This is an annual formal dance hosted by the student government association and will be a nice break from classes to catch up with my classmates after the first round of exams take place at the end of the month. Don't worry, I'll be sure to share with you what I learned from State Day and the fun had at the Eye Ball in my next couple posts.
So here's to another semester together, first-years!