Class of 2021
In September 2017, New England College of Optometry welcomed 132 students as members of Class of 2021. The group, distinguished by its academic accomplishment and professional potential, known for their interactive and social nature, immediately embraced their academic work and extracurricular events such as the NECO Olympics and Amazing Race.
The Class of 2021 is a global community, representing 26 U.S. states, 7 Canadian provinces, and 4 countries. Domestically, they represent Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Internationally, members of the Class of 2021 come from Canada, China, and India.
“Our class is very tight knit. Everyone is extremely supportive and helpful when it comes to sharing notes or study guides,” notes Sarah Sutnick, Class of 2021. “We also find the time to hang out outside of school hours to enjoy ourselves away from school work. The overall atmosphere within our class is noncompetitive and extremely encouraging, which made my transition to NECO so much easier and more enjoyable.”
Kari Chapman, Class of 2021, agrees, “My favorite part of NECO so far has been the people. Office doors are always open and professors, mentors, and preceptors have been so welcoming. Everywhere I turn, I am greeted with a smile. I am very excited for what lies ahead at NECO!”
“The Class of 2021 brings to NECO a broad background of interdisciplinary talents including technical expertise, research experience, and service work,” notes Sandra Mohr, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs. “This class is also well versed in the world of high-tech and how it effects their lives. They have high expectations for how new technology will impact and disrupt optometric practice.” We look forward to watching the Class of 2021 continue to innovate and contribute to the College and the greater community.