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It was this time last year that I was applying to optometry schools, studying every waking moment for the OAT exam, and preparing for my senior year of college. Fast-forward a year later, and having just finished my last day of Orientation, I’m really beginning to see that my optometric dream is becoming ever more a reality.
I was full of jitters and excitement to finally meet the rest of my classmates at Orientation. In fact, there are so many positive things I could say about our SCO Class of 2015, but the one thing that has really stood out is how welcoming my classmates are to each other.
Throughout orientation we heard from various speakers talking on a range of topics from succeeding in optometry school to student budgets (yikes!) and the fun activities to do around Memphis. During Orientation I met my lab group and the eyes I would soon become well acquainted with come lab time. There are about 25 students in my lab group and they each represent various communities across the United States and Canada.
Of course, I had two personal highlights during Orientation. The first highlight was being fitted for my white coat. To me, the white coat symbolizes the prestige and scholarship of the optometry profession, so trying the coat on was like a glimpse to my future as an optometrist. However, I won’t officially get my coat until the White Coat Ceremony held in September…patience sure is a virtue, right? The second highlight was receiving my optometric tools—think trial lenses, ophthalmoscope, etc. I can’t wait to start actually using my equipment to examine vision acuity versus just being googly-eyed over the tools.
The past two days have helped acclimate me to the SCO family. Even though I was exhausted by the time I got home each day, I feel more than ever I’ve not only made the right career choice and professional school choice, but that I have made the right choices for me and I couldn’t be more happy for what lies ahead. Optometry school will be full of challenges, if Dr. Newman’s warnings were any indication, but I know I’ve got a great group of peers embarking on this new, rigorous journey along with me.
For those of you considering optometry school, I hope you will enjoy my posts to come as I share with you my happenings as an optometry student. Moreover, if I can be any help to you regarding the admission process, preparing for the OAT, SCO, or living in Memphis don’t hesitate to leave a message below or contact an admissions officer for my information. I’ll be more than willing to share my two-cents!
Here’s to my first blog post ever, and look for my next post after my first-day of optometry school (ahh!).