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Beyond the Books and Brains of Grad School

All grad school students would agree that their respective programs require a serious dedication of time and focus to their studies. Optometry school is absolutely no exception to this. Although I am incredibly grateful for the learning opportunities that NECO gave me during my first semester, I would…   Read More

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Clinical Rotations, A Time to Start Shaping Your Future

With the craziness of studying for part 2 of the national board exams and preparing tirelessly for part 3 settling, I’ve finally had some time to reflect on my time at VA Long Beach as a fourth year intern for primary care and low vision evaluation.   Read More

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In the Blink of an Eye

And just like that, 2017 has begun. We’ve completed our first year and moved on to our second, mingled with the new Class of 2020 students, overcome our proficiencies, and interacted with our first patients in our respective clinics. Now that it’s a new year and new semester, we rotate into another…   Read More

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Looking Back at 20/16

What a year 2016 has been! Looking back at this year, I cannot believe at all the accomplishments the Class of 2019 at NECO has achieved.   Read More

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‘Twas the Night Before Finals

The Fall semester is finally over and only one semester of classes remains. Overall I found this semester very relaxed and clinically applicable. Much of what we learned was focused on refining our skills and building on our previous knowledge base and I enjoyed all of my classes and my clinic placement…   Read More

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Hello Fourth Year, Don’t Mind if I Dive Right In!

I can’t begin to express how exhilarating it is finally being a fourth year student. The daily challenge is both nerve racking and rewarding. I am currently rotating through a very high patient volume private practice in New Hampshire which also happens to have a large ocular disease population…   Read More

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A Day in the Life of a First Year Student

It’s so hard to believe that just 4 months ago, I was writing my first blog post on my patio at home in shorts and a t-shirt as a recent college graduate. Today, I sit in a café on Newbury Street writing my last post of the semester, bundled up in my thick winter jacket as 1/8th of an O.D. I still…   Read More

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Boston, I’m Falling For You

The semester so far has been an exciting one in a lot of ways. Midterms have come and gone (my second to last round of midterms ever!) and finals are already looming on the horizon. I am coming to the realization that in about four months I will be writing Part 1 of my board examinations and I will…   Read More

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Thankful for a Beautiful Boston

In the midst of the semester, we often find ourselves incredibly focused on studying for midterm week and practicing our clinical skills for proficiency examinations. A common misconception for prospective students is that graduate school leaves no room for events outside of school. One of the most…   Read More

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Am I Proficient Yet?

What a tiresome, yet successful month and a half it has been. This past October, I studied countless hours in order to prepare for midterm examinations. The second years took six midterm exams in a span of nine days to test our knowledge of what we learned since the beginning of the semester. We are…   Read More