So a lot has happened at SCO recently. I love this time of year! Let’s start back to the beginning of the festivities.
The Eye 5k was held on the last Saturday of October. I believe that close to 200 people ran the race this year, which is really great news for SVOSH! After all, the 5k is one of SVOSH’s biggest fundraisers.
Since it was Halloween weekend, costumes were definitely encouraged. I simply put on a dino hat, but everyone’s creativity was really fun to watch. Totoro, a Wolff wand, brides (fellow second-year blogger Amy Puerto!) – these were just an example of the great costumes on display.
I happened to finish the 5k in 26 minutes. Not bad, considering that I don’t particularly like long distance running and that it was my first 5k! Next year I hope to beat this mark.
Of course, since the Halloween party was the same day, the cool costumes didn’t end at the finish line. Everyone went all out. I decided to be a midget ganglion cell (it’s in the retina!). Since I was the Circle of Willis (it’s in the brain!) last year, I figured I’d continue this trend. Elsewhere, there was a couple dressed as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner, jellyfish, and so many other creative disguises. It was a great night!
But people weren’t the only ones celebrating the Halloween spirit. The Eye Center did too! Various student groups were invited to decorate suites for Halloween: monopoly, masquerade, a circus, just to name a few. The only patients seen on that day were children, and they must have had a blast with their eye exams! I know I had fun just walking through the clinic.
But wait, there’s more. This past weekend, SCO hosted its annual Chili Cookoff. I was on a team with my big sib, Brian, roommate Andy, and SVOSH travel buddies Amy and Linh: Ma and Pa’s Chili! We dressed as elderly folks with a passion for tasty chili, and it was tons of fun.
In my next post, I’m going to talk a little about some academic observations I’ve made about second year. It sure has been quite challenging! But the challenges have been enjoyable, just as all these extracurriculars have been enjoyable. I am truly blessed to be here.