Happy New Year!!!
I am so excited about the year 2017 and all it has in store!
Here in Memphis, we started the new year off with a very exciting SNOW DAY! I haven't seen snow since I lived in Massachusetts back in 2008. I really missed making snow angels, snowmen and most of all, sitting in all day drinking hot cocoa and watching television :) So cliche, I know.
I will say, this winter break was very much needed. Last semester was exhausting. It took a lot of organization, determination and self-discipline. Though we did have a thanksgiving break last semester, it was shortly before our final exams so it didn't leave much time for relaxation. However, having our grades come to a close and no school work to think about, this winter break was the best yet. It gave me time to reflect on my first semester and absorb all that I had learned. I traveled back home to Florida, and enjoyed Christmas with my family as well as a few days at the beach. I now feel refreshed for the new semester at hand.
Several of my classes this semester are a continuation of last semester's courses such as Optics of the Eye II, Theory and Methods II and Anatomy, Histology and Physiology II. However, we do have a few new classes such as Optometric Practice, Ophthalmic Optics, Ocular Motility, and Visual Sensation and Perception. Though I'm not sure of the difficulty of the material this semester, I definitely feel more prepared to handle the course load than I did last semester. Last semester was a learning experience and I feel once you realize how you need to study to prepare for the exams, it's not as challenging. I'd say that's half the battle of Optometry school. I found that reviewing what I've learned each day is most effective for me. That way, I can follow along well in the following class period because I have a good understanding of the most recent material we've learned.
On a different note, we have a lot of exciting events coming up this month. Next week, we have State Day, where we have the opportunity to network with representatives from all over the country as well as the AOA president, Dr. Andrea Thau. We also have the EyeBall event. The EyeBall event is a semi-formal SCO dance. I've heard from lots of older students that this event is one of the most fun!! I'll make sure to keep you updated!