Howdy, y’all! My name is Lisa and I’m a proud member of the class of 2017 at SCO. This is my first post, so I figured I should introduce myself and share a little bit about why I love optometry. I grew up in a suburb of Houston and I graduated from Texas A&M University in December of 2012 with a degree in Biomedical Sciences (Gig ‘em, Aggies!). The most important things to know about me: I have the cutest dog in the world, I’m a workaholic, and my high school sweetheart is also a first year student at SCO (we’re just a couple of eye nerds). I have only been a student at SCO for about three weeks, so I can’t share too much about life as an optometry student (yet) – but I do have a lot to say about how I got here.
I decided I wanted to become an eye doctor about five years ago when I was a sophomore in high school. (I know… the numbers don’t quite add up. I was so excited to become an optometrist that I graduated from college as quickly as I possibly could.) Throughout the last five years, I’ve held multiple positions in three different optometric practices, done tons of research about being an eye doctor, and waited impatiently for the day that I could finally start working on my Doctor of Optometry degree. Needless to say, I was more than ready for school to start last month.
For a little over three years, I was actually 100% set on going to a different optometry school. I applied to Southern College of Optometry on a whim, and my boyfriend Ben and I decided to come to Memphis and interview to get a feel for what else was out there. By the time we arrived in Memphis for our interviews last August, SCO had completely stolen our hearts. We absolutely loved the awesome recruiting staff, the beautiful facilities, the Eye Center, the new academic complex, and Memphis itself. Most importantly, SCO just felt like home. Twelve months later Ben and I hit the road with a big moving truck and the previously mentioned cutest dog in the world to start our new lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
So far, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I made the right choice by coming here. I love my 131 classmates, my professors, my courses, and my new home. I actually live just south of Memphis in Southaven, Mississippi. After spending fifteen years in a state the size of a small continent, crossing the state line on my way to school each day is a little strange – but it only takes about 15 minutes to get to school from my house, and I love my quiet neighborhood and the convenience of living in a suburb.
As I mentioned before, I am a workaholic – it runs in the family. Just in case taking 23 credit hours of doctorate-level coursework wasn’t enough, I am also working two part-time jobs in addition to participating in a couple of the great student organizations at SCO. I am loving it so far – although my opinion may vary slightly during exam weeks!
With our White Coat Ceremony just around the corner (only 12 days!), we’ve got lots to look forward to while studying for our first round of exams. Next time I post, I’ll have a white coat and a lot more to say about what it is like to actually be an optometry student! I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to spend the next four years of my life studying what I love and I look forward to sharing some of my experiences through writing. Thanks for letting me share my story!
P.S. Here are some pictures of my Louie. I’ve never posted on a blog before, but I am notorious for posting photos of this little guy online so I’ll stick to what I know while I learn the ropes. ;-)