Hannah holding up marathon medal

Gratitude For My NECO Family

NECO feels like home to me because of the community of people that brings light and life into my busy schedule as an optometry student. I love walking into school every day, knowing that I’ll run into a classmate who wants to share an interesting case from clinic with me, or a first- year student…

First Year Vision Screenings

When I interviewed at NECO a little over a year ago, the upper year who gave me my tour spoke about vision screenings and how one of the best things about NECO is how early on in our clinical career we get to do vision screenings. I remember so clearly thinking, “How can a first year do a vision…

Group of 9 OD3 students by Academy Chicago sign

My Class Away from School

I remember that scary moment I opened the email containing my first schedule at NECO right before starting my first semester. I immediately missed those years at University of Maryland when I could freely choose my schedule. Suddenly, I could no longer avoid those early morning classes and needed…

Hannan and her parents

The Meaning of Our New Coats

The Class of 2020 has officially been draped in the historical, white fabric of the healthcare profession! In the weeks leading up to our White Coat Ceremony, there was a palpable excitement among my classmates about finally receiving our white coats. Many of us took different paths to get to this…

Experiencing NECO Outside the Classroom

The New England College of Optometry always has a large variety of events and clubs in which students of all years can participate. However, it is often much more difficult for fourth year students to attend NECO events. Many OD4s have their clinical rotations outside of the city (or even outside…

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Housing and Transportation at NECO

As someone who grew up in the suburban areas of Maryland, I was nervous about not having a car. On interview day, two of the hottest topics are housing and transportation. Boston is small city made up of many neighborhoods. NECO itself is located in Back Bay, right by the Esplanade with a view of…

Boston skyline with river in foreground

Choosing My Wild Card

Choosing an optometry school—one of the biggest decisions I have ever made—was not an easy task. First of all, there aren’t many options. There are only twenty-three schools in the US, and I am from the South, where there are only three (four, if you include Florida, but we Southerners don’t).…