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Greetings to all,
Wow, so much has taken place since the last time I’ve posted here.
We recently had our spring break, which was great because we had a full week to relax, regroup, and get our minds ready for this last spring stretch. For the first few days I stayed in Memphis, but the big event was in Atlanta, my hometown, at SECO from March 2nd -6th. SECO is a program of education, exhibits, and events that offers optometrists and allied ophthalmic professionals (opticians, technicians, etc.) the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to remain competitive in today’s challenging optometric field. I have gone to SECO before as a licensed optician in order to maintain my licensure. I decided to renew my license again, and I am glad I did from a knowledge standpoint. There are tons of classes offered, but I decided it would be best to take classes that would benefit me as a student. I registered for about 5 classes, and for the first time I was amazed at actually being able to understand the material that was brought before me. I understood the detailed anatomy of the eye, a range of special eye conditions, and even some optics where we discussed shape factor and power factor, and how patients can benefit from contact lens wear. I know I say this every time I post, but again, this just reaffirms that SCO is the best at what they do.
SECO also had events and educational courses for optometry students. On Friday night there was an optometry student party, which was very fun, and on Saturday there were 3 courses for students that were extremely informative. Not to mention that if you attended all three classes, you were awarded a $100 travel grant for participating and making the trip to Atlanta. SCO students definitely outnumbered any other optometry school in attendance. I will be making the trip next year as well.
In other exciting news, I have also been selected to represent SCO as a Student Ambassador. As students, you always want to find a way to leave your mark and be a part of something special and becoming a Student Ambassador has been a goal of mine since interviewing at SCO last year. A total of 10 students were selected out of our class, and we were chosen on the basis of academics, nominations by faculty and staff, and personal interviews. Student ambassadors help assist in student recruitment, admissions, and other public relations functions at SCO. So for any prospective student out there, when you come to interview, I could possibly be giving you your tour. How exciting!! :)
Until next time… Later~