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…

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.

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…

First Impressions

An empty parking space at last! The thrill of victory allows the agony of lugging all my possessions up three flights of stairs into my new apartment to pale by comparison. Two more days of organizing and assembling furniture and the time has finally arrived: our first day of classes. As I stand in…

Reflections on Working at NEE and Starting My Second Year

I’ve had a really amazing first summer in Boston; I’ve been able to relax, see the city, and visit my hometown, while still gaining some valuable work experience. As I mentioned in my previous posts, I’ve been working at New England Eye over the summer, specifically for the On-Sight Mobile Clinic.…

Red Sox or Blue Socks?

Clothing? Check. Kitchen ware? Check. Now where is that mirror for the closet door? I head towards it, narrowly avoiding a teetering tower of storage boxes. Suddenly my foot gets caught in a pile of sweaters and I hit the basement floor. As I lie there, stunned, it all begins to sink in…I am about…