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Future So Bright – OD3

I am excitedly looking onwards to my third year in optometry school in fall 2013. After my last BU lab rotation this summer, I will confirm my official lab assignment where I will pursue my PhD. Third year (OD3) at NECO is a much lighter load of credit hours compared to second year, which I am in…

Crowd at poker table playing cards Rien Ne Va Plus

Rien Ne Va Plus

As I walk up the stairs of the school and pull open the black iron doors, I no longer find myself in optometry school. Instead, I enter a Las Vegas casino complete with blinking lights and gaming tables. My usual classmates dressed in jeans and backpacks have been mysteriously replaced by classy adults…

Blind Sight

The name is an oxymoron, but it’s an actual phenomenon. Humans and other animals that have had their visual cortex removed or damaged in some way (for example by stroke or trauma) can subconsciously “see” in the part of their visual field that is without sight. This almost unbelievable ability…

Back in the Saddle

The New Year…. a time of new resolutions, new beginnings, and new directions. For us first-years, however, 2013 promises to bring about an even better version of last year. By now, we are familiar with the workings of NECO and are ready to take on any challenges. Our once chaotic world, only four…

Taking a Step Forward in My Optometric Education

It’s been over a month since my last blog post, during which I studied for and took my final exams, experienced the gorgeous decorations and festive atmosphere of the holidays at NECO, travelled home to Buffalo, New York, for winter vacation, and resumed classes for the spring semester. This semester…

Until Next Time…

Happy holiday season, everyone! It is hard to believe it’s Thanksgiving already. I can feel the fall semester coming to a close all too soon! The 4th year optometry students recently completed another 3-month rotation at a clinical site of their preference. The last (4th) year of optometry school…

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…