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…

The Best of Summer in Boston

There are so many things I love about living in Boston. It’s a big city, but it really never feels like one–its small neighborhoods and walkability keeps it from feeling oppressively large like New York. It’s beautiful; buildings aren’t just thrown together haphazardly, but, especially in…

The Interview

Anxious glances swirl around the room, pretending not to exist. To your left, a girl dressed in a black pant suit is tapping her foot on the floor while to your right, a boy is fixing his tie as he shifts in his seat and unexpectedly catches your eye. You quickly open your portfolio to distract yourself…

Vision Screenings at the Special Olympics

During these past few weeks, I have mainly been working and attempting to coordinate and pack for my move into a new apartment. I’ve also had opportunities to explore more of Boston and experience a few crucial aspects of summer here. However, I’m going to wait to fill you in on all of these things…

Choosing Optometry

Why do you want to be an optometrist? By now all of us have formulated our personal response to this question. We rehearsed it a hundred times for our interviews and memorized it perfectly for anyone who asks. We each arrived at our own answers. For some perhaps the moment came when an optometrist…

First Summer in Boston

Summer in Boston feels surreal. Classes and labs are suspended, summer jobs have started, and the absence of studying is a strange, if transient, relief. This will be my only summer at NECO without classes or clinic, and I have been urged strongly to take advantage of it by working, exploring, and…

Proficiencies, Finals, and the Taste of Summer: Last Blog of the Semester

I’m having a hard time comprehending that my first year of optometry school is already almost over. It seems like such a short time ago that I arrived at the NECO Welcome Back Barbecue, excited to begin my journey to becoming an optometrist but nervous about the fact that I had no idea how to do…

Projects, Presentations, and Marathons…Spring at NECO!

I’m three weeks away from final exams and it’s been a crazy semester so far. I recently finished three different projects, one of which I will be presenting tomorrow along with all of the other first years at NECO’s Public Health Poster Presentation Day, and I’ve also been able to cross off…

Exploring Vision Therapy

When I was applying to optometry school, I heard about vision therapy through a doctor I was shadowing and instantly was entranced with the idea of a therapeutic approach to vision care. I watched children take an active role in improving their vision by performing various exercises that ranged from…