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Hey everyone! Well it has been a great Holiday break for me. I’ve spent lots of time with family including a trip to my boyfriend’s parents in Union City, TN (my hometown) and then to my Mom’s new home in Sevierville, TN (in the beautiful Smokey Mountains). We had a white Christmas for the first time since I was a little kid and it really made me feel like a kid again! Tonight is New Year’s Eve and I have to say that I am sad to see 2010 end, it was a great year.
Only one more semester of class left for me at SCO and then it will be fourth year and externs! Although it’s still dim, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! A few weeks ago finals went surprisingly well (Posterior Segment (Retina), Neuro Optometry, Ocular Pharmacology just to name a few). Most of the third years, including me, also stuck around school an extra 4 days after finals for an intense Part I Board Review class by KMK. It was awesome and I am SO glad I took part in the class. The course instructors are also the brains/inventors of the course and authors of the review books. One teacher is an optometrist and the other a physician’s assistant and WOW is all I can say! They did such a great job making me feel like Boards is definitely something I not only will pass but with some effort will CONQUER! It was a great jump-start to begin studying for Part one of Boards which I will take in March (at SCO). SCO faculty will also have review sessions for us starting right after break and lasting until the exam. Every weekday morning, bright and early. we will review several topics we have learned that we will be tested over on Part I. It is a lot of material and we have to get on the ball refreshing our memories! Check out their website if you want to know more about KMK and check out the NBEO website for more info about our Board exams!
School starts back on January 3rd and I am right back to work in Primary Care Clinic Monday morning. Each semester you are assigned new staff Doctors to answer to so I am excited to learn from them. I’m back in Memphis now and I am looking forward to spending the last few days of my break being as lazy as possible (besides a ton of laundry and cleaning I have been putting off). The high today is 72 so we might even head out to the dog park! Until next time, Happy New Year!
Well, I'm one semester closer to reaching my ultimate career goal!! It feels so great to be done with another successful semester. As I look back over past semesters, especially my first semester, I see the improvements and progress I've made. I had a rough start my first semester, but things got better as time went on! This semester, I especially enjoyed the few patient encounters I had in central testing, observations, and school screenings. School screenings were not as bad as I expected them to be. My most memorable one was the screening on 3-year olds that we did. This was a heavy task because it is not easy to get 3-year olds to focus or cooperate long enough to get the information you need. However, it was still a great learning experience. Overall, this semester went well for me and I'm thankful to have completed it successfully.
Now, I'm enjoying my break with family and friends! I plan to enjoy doing absolutely NOTHING-no studying, tests, school related readings, etc. I'm going to relax and enjoy this time off so that I'll be ready to hit the ground running next semester.
Just ended finals this morning, and I have been running around town all day preparing for the drive north tomorrow morning and a 14 hour flight the following morning. I have to make it to Michigan, so I don't miss my early flight to Hong Kong on Friday morning. I was hoping for a little rest and relaxation after exams, but I think that will only happen on the plane and car ride north (when it's not my turn to drive).
My family decided to go visit my older sister, who is living and working in Hong Kong, so we're off! Also stopping in Indonesia, Singapore and Bali to see more family and friends. Should be a great trip, but exhausting. I'm so glad that finals are finally over that I think I will sleep and read the entire time on the plane. One of my stops today was at the Library's used book store on Poplar, where I found four books for a very reasonable price. I think that is my new favorite place to spend time and money in Memphis.
Leaving early tomorrow morning, so I am all packed up and put my passport in a safe place. Going out for some delicious catfish tacos and banana pudding at the Flying Fish before leaving Memphis and its' unique cuisine for three weeks. I hope everyone travels home safely and has an enjoyable Christmas and New Years! Take Care.
Greetings to All...
Finals are officially over with! I cannot believe that I just finished my first semester of Optometry school. I feel like I’ve achieved so much when I begin to think of my feelings at the beginning of the school year. All of my classes had a different degree of difficulty, especially Neuroanatomy and Anatomy (Thanks Dr. Taylor :) ), and to finally cross the finish line is incredibly special. I’m so glad we are done, and now my calculator can take a break from trying to assess my final grade in each class based on what I can possibly make on the final exam. I’m not really an advocate for the plus/minus grading system, but I just roll with the punches and do the best that I can, which I have.
It’s now time to relax, enjoy the break, do a little shopping, and spend some quality time with the family. Dr. Newman has forewarned us all that we may have to impress a few family members by using some “big” words and explaining a few things that I’ve learned over the semester, but I’m rest assured because I know I have been taught by some of the finest doctor’s an optometry school could have. After just one semester, I’ve learned so much. I really appreciate all the efforts SCO makes in preparing their students to be great doctors.
Be Safe, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to everyone!!
Until next time…. Later~
Well as third year students, we can all relax and re-coup from all of our hard work in preparing for finals. Finals are done for us and we only have one more semester with finals... ever.... YEAH! But finals are still going on at school for 1st and 2nd year students. You can always tell when it is finals week here. Here are some of the common things you may encounter; the library is graced with students who haven't been there all semester, students who just finished a final are taking a "study break" and playing video games on the computers on the third floor, people are making "candy runs" up to the 8th floor where they offer free candy for finals week, and all of the comfy chairs in the library are always taken for those sleep deprived students napping.
However, some of us 3rd year students are not done studying. Most of my classmates are in a board review class being held this week at the school. It really is a great program to kick start our studying in preparations for NBEO boards in March. We were at school from 8:00am to 6:30pm... Long day- but it was very, very helpful. Well I'm just out the door to go to another round of Board review but I wish good luck to all those who have finals coming up. Well that's it for now but I will let you know how the rest of Board review goes.