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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Clinic to Win It

Four weeks of break, seven weeks of classes, and two weeks of summer later, the fall semester has officially begun for the second year students! Do you know what this means? No, not the end of summer – the start of clinic! Seeing patients, shadowing doctors, learning new equipment; this is where…

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OD3: A Summer Retrospective

This summer was the start of my third year in the OD program and time just flew by! Being in the OD/MS program, I spent almost the whole summer in Boston, working on my research for the first half and then completing the summer academic semester during the second half. Although Boston is beautiful…

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One Year Down, Many to Go

And with a blink of an eye, my first year at NECO comes to an end. It amazes me at the amount of information I learned in just one year. From learning the anatomy of the eye to all of the entrance testings, from becoming proficient on using the phoropter to working the slit lamp, we pretty much mastered…

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Qualifying Exam, Conferences, and Publications!

This blog post is so late I cannot remember just how late it is… let’s just assume that because you know I’m in the OD/PhD program through NECO and BU, and I’m in the trenches of the “PhD” half of it right now, you forgive me. (Learn more about…