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This semester has been going well thus far! January was pretty laid back with no tests. February was, however, pretty rough for our class with several tests and practicals. I survived, and we had spring break immediately following our stressful month of tests and practicals.
Spring break was very relaxing and fun for me. I went to Atlanta, GA to visit family and attended the Southern Educational Congress of Optometry (SECO) while there. This was my first SECO experience, and it was indeed a good one! This conference allows students to network and meet doctors from various areas and modes of practice in the Southern region of the country. Students are also able to attend lectures and receive some great information about optometry and opportunities for students. We were even given a travel stipend for attending the student lectures! Also, I was able to volunteer to help out with the SCO Alumni Reception during the conference, and this allowed me the opportunity to meet numerous SCO Alumni from many areas and scopes of practice. It was also fun to hang out with some of my other classmates during the student parties hosted at SECO. Spring break was really fun, and I even came home to a big surprise-I GOT ENGAGED!!
Now that my break is over and I'm back in the swing of things, it time to prepare for my pre-clinic checkout. This is the practical of all practicals, and it's a test of our clinical skills before we get into clinic and start seeing patients. I'll keep you all posted on how things go. It's practice, practice, practice time for me!