Group of students dressed up Taking Advantage of the Present While Looking to the Future

Taking Advantage of the Present While Looking to the Future

A constant presence in my education at NECO has been the need to constantly expand my knowledge to accommodate new aspects of the field of optometry. After foundation courses come those that are more detailed and specific; after we learned basic entrance testing we began to try to master more complex…

Preparing for Proficiencies

Cover…uncover….cover….uncover….I try to steady my hand as I watch the patient’s eye fixate on the big E hovering in the distance. I hear the clock hands ticking in the background as if I’m trapped in a movie scene. The action hero stares hypnotized by the clock as he waits for the hour…

A Sense of Community at NECO

Midterms ended a week ago, and proficiency exams start tomorrow for second years. Reflecting on how my class has studied for midterms as well as proficiencies, I realized that I’ve really been inspired by the close-knit nature of the NECO community, and extremely impressed with how the college comes…

In This Corner, We Have…

“How were midterms?!” “You survived midterms!” These types of messages bombarded my Facebook page last Saturday at 3 pm when I exited the room of the last midterm. Feelings of boundless joy, overwhelming tiredness and slight back pain flooded my body all at once. As I took my first victory…

Post Midterm Reflections

Hey, guys! The NECO students recently finished midterm exam week. We have block testing, which means our midterms (and finals) are concentrated into one week of the semester. In this exam week there are no classes, just studying. I have to admit that I now am starting to feel the truth of the rumor…

Second Year Classes and Clinic

It’s fall in Boston, and with fall comes gorgeous changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween…and midterms. Although it feels as though second year has barely started, we are only two weeks away from midterms and four from our second year proficiency exams. The year so far has been filled…

Learn a Bit, Give a Bit

Happy October, everyone! In this blog, I want to share two interesting topics I learned about this September. They are very different subjects (one science, one philanthropic), but both involving the eyes!

And We’re Off!

Beautiful blue waters gently push the pure white sand back and forth beneath my toes. The Caribbean wind rocks my hammock from side to side as warm sun rays play among lush palm leaves. I take a long sip from my coconut cup as I feel the sweet coolness run down my throat. Suddenly a loud noise pierces…

Large group in white doctors coats On Starting My Second Year and Receiving My White Coat

On Starting My Second Year and Receiving My White Coat

I’ve had three weeks of classes so far in my second year at NECO, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I began to fully comprehend the scope of how far my class has come, and how far we still have to go in our education here.

sunset over river Hi, Everyone!

Hi, Everyone!

I’m Stephanie, an OD2 and part of the OD/PhD program at NECO. I was born and raised in central Florida, attending UCF in Orlando for my undergraduate degree. After living in Florida for 21 years, I was ready to branch out of my comfort zone and relocate. I’ve made it through my first winter in…