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As our first semester in optometry school came to a close, so did 2015. As
one year ends, another begins; and with that, our second semester
in optometry school is now in full swing.
So far 2016 has been a year of many firsts; with the month of January, came
my first State Day, “Snowmaggedon”, and Eye Ball (no pun intended).
State Day is sponsored by SCO and the AOSA. It allows
students to meet with a variety of state representatives and learn more about
the individual laws and regulations that legislate the scope of optometric
practice individual to each state. It provides students with insight as to what
practicing optometry would be like in various states, while simultaneously
allowing us to build connections with state representatives and AOA members. As
an added bonus to State Day, we had an inspiring presentation by Hunter Chapman
’16 (2015-2016 AOSA President) where I was able to learn more about the AOSA
and how to get involved. I should also note that for the second year in a row,
an SCO student has been appointed as AOSA President. Congrats are in order for
Erick Henderson ’17. #PerksofbeinganSCOstudent
another note, my first “Snowmaggedon” was quite a
tease. I pictured myself singing: “Do you want to build a snowman?” as I
pranced around in a blizzard, but all I got was a day off school and an inch of
snow. But beggars can’t be choosers, a snowflake is a snowflake, and this
Florida girl finally got to experience a “Snow Day” as opposed to a day away
from school due to Hurricane Andrew or “El Nino”. Following the flurries, all
SCO students were able to mix and mingle with future colleagues at the annual Eye
Ball, which took place at the historic Cadre Building and was
hosted by SGA. The timing of the ball couldn’t have been more perfect; it
allowed us all to engage in some fun before getting ready to buckle down and
begin studying for our first set of midterms (taking place next week).
Colleen Fischman '19, Maria Sicco '19
and Betsy Del Valle '19
Lastly, as an added bonus the month of January granted me with my very first
view of the optic nerve via direct ophthalmoscopy.
But I should be getting back to studying, so you’ll have to stay tuned till