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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

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From Pre-Clinic to Boston Schools: Practicing My Skills at Vision Screenings

With the blink of an eye, I’m already into the third month of optometry school! In addition to the immense amount of knowledge I’ve retained about the human body and the ocular system through classes like Anatomy and Physiology, and Visual Sensation and Perception, I already have three clinical…   Read More

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Fall is Here, Time to Put on Your Coats!

The second years have a new addition to their closet – their white coats! For those of you that are curious about the significance of the white coat, it symbolizes an optometry student’s acceptance into the clinical world. We have taken a step up from nervously performing procedures solely on…   Read More

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Academy Approaches: The Road to Anaheim

Being a third year Optometry student means that, in a lot of ways, my workload is lighter. The idea behind this is that more time is being spent in clinic and preparing independently for board examinations. With the extra time I’ve had, I have also been trying to get more involved in the various…   Read More

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I’ll Have on My Coat and Tie!

With September winding down, the time has finally come! No, I’m not talking about cooler weather, but about finally receiving our white coats! With families and friends traveling from all over the country to attend the ceremony, it will be an unforgettable to remember. NECO is unique in a…   Read More

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Finding Family at NECO

As my third week as an OD1 concludes, I can say with confidence that my NECO experience so far has surpassed any expectations I had prior to starting the program. In terms of the tangible changes I’ve experienced, I made my largest financial investment after choosing my diagnostic kit, which consists…   Read More

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My VOSH Trip to the Dominican Republic

The beginning of April in the third year of optometry school is always greatly anticipated if you are part of SVOSH (Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) at NECO. It is when the optometric mission trip happens for third years that have completed their required hours over the course of…   Read More

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First Steps Towards Becoming an OD1

Just this past May, I was driving away from the last dorm I’d ever call home. It was on the day of my graduation from Boston College (BC), a place where I had found my niche and formed meaningful relationships. After a long day of commencement ceremonies, my status at BC quickly changed from…   Read More