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It's been an incredible month, and the cooler weather isn't the only thing that's changed around Memphis! September came and went in a blink of an eye. So much has happened since my last post, and I'm excited to share with you all the exciting happenings.
Numero uno, I received my white coat! To kick-off Homecoming weekend, SCO hosted its Convocation and White Coat Ceremony. My parents came to Memphis for the ceremony, which was nice because I finally could show them all I've learned in such a short amount of time...and yes, I did scope my mom's eyes! In fact, I've found myself staring at people's eye more often now, trying to apply the many things I've learned in my classes to their conditions.
After Convocation, I was able to attend a lecture by former AOA President, Dr. Joe Ellis, who spoke about the recent passing of a progressive optometry bill in Kentucky. The bill provides Kentucky optometrists a wider scope of practice to include minor surgeries and lasers. As someone who plans to practice in Kentucky after graduation, it was great to hear the progress that's been made in my state. Nonetheless, there's still much work that needs to be done in all states so optometrists across the board can have a greater scope of practice.
In other good news, the first-years survived their first round of exams! It still blows my mind to think of how far we've come since Orientation back in August...all the hours of studying and practicing for practicals. Yes it's been a lot of work, and it's going to continue to be a lot of work, but in the end it'll be all worth it.
This past weekend Omega Delta, the social fraternity at SCO, hosted a Shipwrecked/Luau party. It was great to see everyone enjoy an evening off dressed up in their best pirate costume and donning leis. Who said you can't take time for a little fun now-and-then?!
One final note, I was elected the Class of 2015 president. It's an exciting new chapter to begin with my classmates, and they've got great, diverse leadership among their class officers and representatives. We all look forward to representing our class to the faculty and administration.
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There's much more to share...check back soon for my next blog post!