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Every semesterI seem to start off with such a positive and fun attitude and then about four weeks in something changes. You guessed it, tests start! I was beginning to wonder why most optometry students considered second year the toughest year, but I think I'm starting to understand!No, really it isn't that bad, I don't mean to scare you! I'm just starting to feel that familiar nervousness that comes with test season. What's great about optometry school though, is that when you have tests, so do all your friends! It's great to have a support system and to be able to celebrate with everyone when you make it through. Next week we have our first contact lens and theory and methods tests. The week after we posterior segment and ocular pharmacology and after that we have anterior segment and vision therapy. So as you can see it's a busy month, but I hope you can also tell our classes are getting very interesting!
On a positive note, one thing I love about this semester is how much lab time we have. We just learned how to irrigate the puncta and insert punctal plugs (not nearly as bad as I thought it'd be;)!) and pretty soon we'll be learning how to do injections. In some of our other labs we are really just practicing what we have already been taught. This I love because it helps us to be fully prepared to enter clinic next semester and also it gives us a chance to ask our teachers how to make things better.
So I hope I didn't scare you with our second year test schedule, but wish me luck with it! I'll let you know how it goes!