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Hannah sitting with luggage in back of car First Steps Towards Becoming an OD1

First Steps Towards Becoming an OD1

Just this past May, I was driving away from the last dorm I’d ever call home. It was on the day of my graduation from Boston College (BC), a place where I had found my niche and formed meaningful relationships. After a long day of commencement ceremonies, my status at BC quickly changed from…

Places in Boston to Go When You Visit NECO

That critical moment when you realize you’ve just entered the last summer of your academic life is daunting to say the least. Between OD2 and OD3, students get about 6 weeks of vacation time before starting summer session classes. Since rotations start in a year, it’s presumably the last “summer…

Laura and two friends in dresses No Further Bets!

No Further Bets!

As I ascend the famed mahogany staircase, I once again find myself standing in what used to be NECO’s foyer, now transformed into Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale. This is all part of Alcon Night, a yearly fundraiser by VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) to help fund a medical mission…

Hello, World

I am back in Boston after taking the longest vacation of my adult life. I spent two entire weeks in Florida, my home state, after the end of the spring semester. In undergrad and in optometry school, I was always doing something over the summers—classes, a work-study job, lab rotations, etc. I love…

Bunker Hill memorial Summer Time Working, Huzzah! Wait, Working?

Summer Time Working, Huzzah! Wait, Working?

SUMMER TIME PARTYING, HOORAH! Summer time has been fun, relaxing, and still slightly tiring. No matter how hard I try to spend it leisurely, I find myself spending hours scoping the internet and checking out what’s happening in Boston and its neighboring cities and pouring over the different…

beach at shoreline Making Waves

Making Waves

A slight gust of warm wind gently tickles my face. I raise my head from the beach chair to leisurely observe my toes peeking out from a pair of flip-flops. The bright sun hovers high overhead in a cloudless, clear blue sky, indicating around noontime. I watch hypnotically as the waves wash against…

On the Cusp

All OD3s are officially on the cusp on changes, challenges, and rewards. In a few days, we will receive our scores for the Part I National Board Exam of Optometry – i.e. find out if we passed! Then in a few weeks, my classmates will start their first 4th year rotation with a whole year of full time…

Person running marathon  The Halfway Mark

The Halfway Mark

As I push my way through a sea of winter jackets, I finally reach the railing. Panting for breath, I peer out onto the long strip of pavement that denotes the path for the 118th Boston Marathon. I look to my right in anticipation of the racers cresting the hill, but my gaze is only met by a blazing…

Bright City, Lights, and Some Good Eats

It’s been two weeks since spring break and approximately one week since the first day of spring and yet no sign of spring has shown itself here in Boston! In fact, the only noteworthy events we’ve had thus far is an over-hyped snow storm that consisted of 1 hour of floating dots that melted before…

Boards Are Over and Spring Is Here!

Congratulations, NECO third years! We survived Part I of our National Board Exams and made it through to the traditional post-Boards pub crawl on the other side. We spent months stressing and studying, carrying our Boards books from coffee shop to coffee shop, quizzing each other and preparing ourselves…