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The time has finally come. After wrapping up my final senior courses at my undergraduate institution, having an enjoyable yet short summer vacation with family and friends, and constant interaction with what seems to be the friendliest, most helpful Admissions staff anywhere, I have finally made it to SCO in the wonderful city of Memphis. The long drive from Miami to my new home in Tennessee allowed me time to reflect on the journey leading up to this new and exciting chapter of my life.
I always knew I wanted to help people through my profession and for much of my undergraduate career I was actually thinking of dentistry as the field of choice. After shadowing a local dentist, my resolve began wavering. It wasn't until the end of my sophomore year in college, after a routine eye exam at my lifelong optometrist that he recommended I come shadow at his private practice. Me eyes were opened (pun intended) to a totally new and exciting profession with the same rewarding outcome. I switched gears with a renewed excitement and began searching for potential school options. During the fall of my senior year I sent in my applications after sitting twice for the OAT and was invited to interview at SCO. I have never left home, so the decision to even interview weighed heavily on...my mother! We made the trek up to Memphis, during winter weather I was very much unaccustomed to. Meeting everyone at Admissions and interacting with current students quickly bumped SCO to the number one choice on my list. I left wanting more than anything to be admitted and after what seemed like an eternity (an excruciating one to two weeks), I received a call from Sunnie Ewing at Admissions informing me that I had been accepted to the entering class of 2011. I was so excited to join a school with the challenging curriculum, helpful staff and faculty, and renowned Eye Center that SCO boasts.
Orientation arrived and created so many mixed emotions, the greatest of these (thankfully) being excitement. It's true that the next four years seem extremely challenging, but with the already evident support and enthusiasm from my colleagues in the Class of 2015, along with the faculty and staff, Commencement I am sure, although far in the distance, is attainable. Many exciting events are coming up in the next few weeks, including Homecoming, where I heard a number of alumni will be making their way back to SCO, and culminating in Convocation, or the White Coat Ceremony, that I am sure I speak for all my classmates when I say we are immensely looking forward to putting on what will probably be the greatest lab coats we've ever had to wear. I'll let you know how it goes!
I look forward to writing many more posts with my experiences and if anyone is interested in SCO or optometry as a whole, do not hesitate to comment, contact me or anyone at the school. And I mean anyone. Everyone is extremely helpful. The wisest words I can leave you with for right now, and the ones I found most helpful during my time leading up to admission were, 'there are no dumb questions' Ask away!
Until the next post...