August 8, 2012

Southern California College of Optometry Interview

 I'm here in Fullerton and have come full circle since last October! School starts in less than 2 weeks. Explore, explore, explore are the things on my to do list. Oh, and also giving details on my last interview!

I haven't mentioned this, but my 4 interviews occurred within 1 month's time during October of 2011. It was a crazy month, so when SCCO came up I was happy it was coming to an end. The interview process is one of the best parts of applying to schools since your goal is so tangible, but it is very draining at the same time. Being your happiest, most engaging self is more challenging if you have an introvert personality like myself.

Anyways, SCCO was my last optometry interview. It was during the middle of the week and not one of their bigger Saturday/weekend interviews. This meant I was alone again. Not a terrible thing since I had already experienced this, but it probably would have been more fun with other applicants.

Here is the break down of my Interview Day at SCCO

9:20am - check in at the administration office
9:30am - given 30 minute written prompt
10am - financial aid meeting
10:30am - official interview with 2 current faculty members
11:20am - file review interview with Director of Student Affairs 
12pm - campus tour including lab rooms, Eye Clinic, lecture halls, library, and student center
12:30pm - said goodbyes and thank yous before heading off to the airport for my flight back home.

This was my shortest interview day which was nice in some ways. By this point I was confident with my interview skills, but also drained from the whole experience. The schedule above is slower than the actual pace of my actual interview day since I was the only one, and I didn't take the full 30 minutes to give my written response.

For my review, I would say SCCO was very welcoming and inviting the entire time I was there. The main assistant in the office, Betty Sanchez, was extremely good at keeping me calm by simply smiling and engaging me in small talk. If you're at all aware of SCCO, you're aware of Dr. Munroe. She is as sweet and helpful as she appears online! Yup, got to meet her and have a good chat... I think before my actual interview? Anyways, everyone was nice and low key - not what I was expecting since it is Southern California!

I did wish, in a strange twisted way, for the day to be slightly longer. The campus tour seemed a bit quick, but since I got almost all of my questions answered it worked out. Also, I love food. There wasn't any provided for me, but I wasn't torn up about this since, again, I was the only applicant that day and it was a half day interview.

So, overall, it was a good final interview! I think my favorite part was the official interview and viewing the student library. SCCO was awesome at providing tips and even a mock interview on youtube that I was able to review before attending! Likewise, the library faces a beautiful green belt and seemed so inviting. I actually had about an hour to spare before I was to be picked up by the airport taxi, so I just chilled in the library to wait!

Now, this is the end of my interview series, but I can add one final installment. The decision process. Unless you have a top choice from the get-go, this is the ultimate step (especially when you consider the schools typically only give up to 2 weeks before you have to accept or reject their offer).

However, before I add that post I'm going out to explore Fullerton! It is suppose to be 91 today!

Until Next Time,


August 2, 2012

In Transit

The end has arrived folks. My state of mind is leaving Oregon and moving to California! Goodbye cloudy weather, hello sun.

This last summer has been a blast with friends, family, and random adventures around Portland. I wouldn't change a thing and couldn't ask for a better farewell.

Onward to Fullerton for a short two weeks of SoCal freedom before the official beginning of my next chapter: Optometry School!

As the days and weeks move forward I hope to continue my threads of pre-optometry advice as well as transition into what my days as an optometry student are like. Maybe throw in a few grad student friendly meals along the way?

July 30, 2012

Pacific University College of Optometry Interview

3rd Interview and it was by far the cheapest! Though I was really set on moving to a different state for professional school, I knew it was a good idea to check out Pacific. The university is a mere 40 minutes from my parents' house and in an area that I feel naturally at ease.

Pacific University was the only Optometry program that was part of the typical university campus. It is a private school for undergraduates, graduates, and professional students, so you are surrounded by the feelings of youth, new idea, and possibilities. It doesn't hurt the school is situated amongst tons of trees. You feel like you're in a forest! Ok, enough about the look and feel of the campus (I really love nature and the NW if you can't tell). On to my interview day at Pacific!

7:45am - arrive and check in at the student union centrally located on the campus. Get name tag and meet fellow applicants.
8:00 - attend a morning lecture with current students!
9:00 - brief rundown of schedule for the day before given a 10-15 minute writing sample
9:30 - introduction/welcome to Pacific University and the College of Optometry by the Dean
10:00 - financial aid meeting as a large group
10:25 - 4th year clinical rotation information session
11:00 - Q&A session with student panel
11:30 - break for lunch; eat with students from panel and faculty (you'll be interviewing with these people!)
12:30 - break off into 3 groups for interviews, campus tours, or free time (1 hour for each)
3:45 - finish up final rotation before meeting back as a large group for social hour
4:00 - social hour with sweets, coffee, tea to chat with other faculty, students, administrators, and fellow applicants
5:25ish - feel the drain of the day and head back home

Pacific's Interview day is long, but you get a lot out of the experience. You have the option of sitting in on a lecture (awesome! triple brownie points!), chat with students, eat with the people you're going to be interviewing with (aids in feeling more at ease once you have your interview), and are given a full hour to just relax. At the end of the day you are exhausted, but feel like you're already a part of the Optometry program's family. They really do an excellent job of making you feel comfortable and at ease. When I first saw that interviews weren't going to be held until the afternoon I mentally freaked. I had to be anxiety-ridden until 2pm?! Maybe it was because I was already starting to get drained, had food in me, or had talked with students earlier, but I felt very relaxed when I entered the interview room.

An important note about the afternoon when they divide you into 3 groups: if you are not the first group to be interview, you will have to find your interview location on your own. This is somewhat scary, but your tour guides can point you in the right direction. My campus guide actually walked me to my building because she didn't even know where it was! I guess it was a brand new building that isn't used yet, so if she hadn't assisted me I would have missed the interview.

Next time I'll wrap up my experiences with my final interview at SCCO.

Until Next Time,


July 26, 2012

Salt n' Straw

I love ice cream. period. Stress eating is not my thing, but ice cream always is a great pick-me-up when I am down, struggling, or trying to make the day end on a positive note.

As I've alluded to, these past few weeks have been a struggle with my housing situation in Fullerton. To not go into too many details, my original roommate got a late acceptance to a wait listed school closer to her home and family right as we were about to sign a lease on an apartment. She went with the best decision for herself and decided to attend the other school. I completely understood her predicament as I struggled with my decision to leave my family and home state. However, her decision did put me in a bind with trying to find another roommate or living situation. School is only a month away! Thankfully, after two stressful weeks and contemplating sleeping in a living room or spending over $1300/month for a studio, I have found a cute rental house shared with two SCCO students at a reasonable price!

With this frustrating situation I didn't have enough strength for much else besides crying, obsessively calling anyone I knew who could help me, and attempting to think positive. Oh, and dreaming about ice cream.
Salt n' Straw came to my rescue! It is the hot trend in Portland right now with it's sustainable attitude, local ingredients and unique ice cream flavors such as pear with goat cheese. It is so popular there is a constant line out the door with a 30 minute wait time! I met up with one of my friends the other night to indulge in a sweet treat, catch up, and experience what everyone has been raving about for the past 6 months.

We were not disappointed! We arrived at 4pm and got served around 4:30. They have a great system where as one group is being helped, the next group starts to taste. And you can have as many taste samples as you want! Best part? They provide real spoons for the tasting, so it is 100% sustainable! I don't know how many tiny spoons Salt n' Straw had to purchase, but they are going to a good cause. Feeding my tummy. Anyways, after trying all their selections I went with the combo of Almond Brittle and Cinnamon Snickerdoodle. AMAZING. If I had wanted to go with both flavors but not indulge with two scoops, you have the option of getting a half scoop of each flavor. Pretty nice Salt n' Straw, pretty nice.

Mission was accomplished. Sweet pick-me-up in local, sustainable fashion. If only it had been a bit healthier. Eh, who cares? If you're in the Portland area, have 45 minutes to spare, and love ice cream, check this place out!

Until Next Time,


July 25, 2012

Illinois College of Optometry Interview

I really liked my experience with ICO. Why? Because they have this awesome program where you can spend the night before your interview in one of their dorm (called the Residential Complex) rooms for free. Did I mention the dorm is right across the street from the campus building? And they give you a free breakfast? As I am a cheap gal, I loved this! However, it is a first come, first serve deal. Make sure you call as soon as you know the date of your interview.

Since I took advantage of this overnight program, my morning was interesting as I woke up, got dressed, and went to the school cafeteria for breakfast which was completely empty. I thought this was really weird, but it turned out the students were taking an exam that morning. This was realized as I walked back to my dorm room after breakfast and encountered an entire hallway of stressed out first years reviewing notes with each other. 'Hey everyone! Check out the awkward applicant in her professional clothes!'

Anyways, I went back to the dorm, packed up my luggage, and headed back over to the main building to officially check in for my interview. My flight back home was later that day, so I was "that kid" and brought everything with me. Thankfully, the security staff took pity on me and let me store my gear in their office.

Turns out? I was the only applicant scheduled for that day. At first I thought it was a little weird since at ICO they have a large room where the financial aid officer, admissions director, and tour guides come meet you. Because of this, I mostly was sitting on a couch waiting for the next person to arrive and talk with me. Though, I got all the free cookies, tea, and water to myself. :)

So, in terms of how the day went:
9am - checked in at main lobby
9:15 - received by a student doing work study in the admissions office and lead upstairs to applicant room.
9:20 - introduced to admissions officer, reviewed academic file, filled out lunch card, and did 15 minute written prompt
10:25 - Welcome to ICO conversation by admissions director on couch
10:45 - financial aid meeting on couch
11:30 - official interview with a professor in his personal office. finally got to leave the applicant room!
12:15pm - lunch with ICO students in applicant room. Chatted about student life, Chicago living, academic/social balance, and how they all wanted to move to Portland because it was so green, sustainable, and had no sales tax.
1:00 - student tour guides picked me up and lead me around the building, residential complex, fitness center, EyePod, and lecture/lab skills rooms.
2:00 - said good bye to admissions officer, picked up my luggage, and went on my merry way to the airport.

As you can see, I was slightly annoyed by the fact that I was stuck in one room, but it worked for the best since I was the only person interviewing that day. Being the only applicant seemed daunting, but worked out ok. I didn't have to compete with anyone to ask questions. Though, it would have been nice to meet other applicants and have a better idea of who ICO was looking for their program. The student lunch was a great way for me to get a better sense of this and they were all extremely nice. They gave tips on what they experienced and gave honest thoughts on what they liked/disliked about the program which was really refreshing.

Hopefully the break down of my day was easier to follow this time? Anyways, like I mentioned in my Salus post, this is merely what I experienced and does not reflect how you or someone else will experience an ICO interview. Take my comments with a grain of salt.

Where am I headed next? Why, my local town of Forest Grove, OR and my review of Pacific University's Optometry Interview!

Until Next Time,


July 24, 2012

The Return of the Weekend

Since I've finally figured out where I will be laying my head this next year, my weekends have come back to me!

This past weekend I went with the parents to the Oregon Lavender Festival that highlights lavender farms throughout the Willamette Valley. The day started out really overcast, but turned absolutely gorgeous come early afternoon. This only made the fields of lavender pop even more.

Walking down the rows of lavender with the humming of honey bees all around (and live folk music in the background!) was so relaxing.

Did I mention there were free food samples at almost all of the farms we went to? Sa-weet! Lavender honey, lavender jam, lavender beer, lavender snickerdoodles... a girl couldn't ask for more. Sadly for you, I didn't take pictures of the food. I saw it. I ate it. End of Story.

Until Next Time,


July 23, 2012

Salus Optometry School Interview Day

My day at Salus University (Penn. College of Optometry) began by taking a taxi ride from my hotel 2 miles down the road to the school. The taxi driver was actually a really sweet man who lived across the street from the school with his wife. He had shuttled applicants visiting from Oregon, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, basically every state in the US. He chatted with me the whole way there, so by the time I paid him a generous tip my nerves had disappeared.

This was my first interview. Therefore, I got to the school at 9am when we weren't suppose to check in until 9:15. I walked around the campus, checked out the blue pond with the fake swans (really cute!), and realized how peaceful the setting was! The building was in an odd location, more suburban, and looked more like a business office than school. However, the pond, gazebo, and fake swans made me feel comfortable. Almost tranquil.

Anyways, around 9:10 I couldn't take it anymore and walked into the main office to check in. I was the second applicant to arrive! There were 4 girls, including myself, and we all were wearing pants. Not really an inside scoop, but an interesting tid bit.

At 9:30 our interviewers picked each of us off and whisked us to a secret location. Mine was a room dedicated to pain and torture, but they referred to it as one of their interview rooms. Hmm, maybe I got that wrong? It was my first interview and I was starting to feel those nerves again.

The woman who interviewed me was really nice and we actually had a great conversation about traveling to other areas around the NE and entertainment in Philly. There was some talk about eyes and how I REALLY like them, but it was a very smooth transition. Apparently we got along really well because by the time I was lead back to the main office it was 10:25! I held up the group by having a long interview (which is a good sign for those of you preparing for interviews...), so we were quickly rushed through the financial aid meeting and our academic file review. The file review was really simple. You basically sit there and confirm what you have completed is correct and if there are any weaknesses in your file this is your moment to explain. After a quick water break, we were introduced to 2 student tour guides who we chatted with about student life over lunch in the cafeteria. I think all 4 of us applicants were starving, so this was great timing! After the lunch break and chats with the students, they took us on a tour around the campus that included the library, eye clinic (yes, it is a 10 minute drive away), the fitness center, student lounge, bookstore, lecture/skills labs rooms, and the cafeteria. 

At the end of the tour we were finished! By that point I think it was early afternoon? Maybe 2-3pm? I spent roughly 6 hours at Salus and it was a great way to start off my month of interviews. The nerves were scary, but Salus did a great job of keeping us actively engaged with the experience. We weren't sitting around very much, so there wasn't time to be too concerned about what we had/hadn't said.

However, when I left the school I went right back to the hotel, jumped into comfy jeans and had a mixed drink in the lobby (they had a happy hour in the hotel!!! how awesome is that?)

This was slightly condensed since I can't remember every moment of the interview (it still seems like a blur almost a year later), but hopefully this gives you interviewees another perspective. I should note that this is only what I experienced and may not be what everyone else experiences. This post, along with my future school interview posts, is only here to give my perspective and not a definitive answer to what to expect. Do not limit your expectations of a school from one person's comments or you could end up more confused, disappointed, or frustrated.

With that note, I hope you enjoy! Next interview post will be on ICO!

Until Next Time,


July 19, 2012

Optometry School Application Process Part IIIB: The Interview Day

Here is the Interview Part II! In this section of the application process I'll discuss what my experience was overall for Optometry school interviews and do separate posts about specific schools. That way you don't have to be too overwhelmed with the interview information.

When you interview, this is your chance to be yourself and shine. Corny, but 100% true. Like your wardrobe, you need to put your best self forward. Don't act like you would in front of friends, but do act like yourself around close adults you respect (and want respect from).

The interview day started out with an introduction from a school administrator or the person in charge of the application process. They welcomed me and directed me to the central area where the applicants meet n' greet. In this area, you will most likely be given a name tag and a booklet of information that includes financial aid information, estimated budgets, your schedule of the day, and programs the school offers. There is a high chance there will be a selection of bagels, muffins, juices, and coffee for you to nibble on before the introduction to the program begins. I always tried to eat something before arriving to the school (a protein-rich meal with fruit was very filling), because I knew my nerves would be too high to do anything with the buffet.

After the meet-n-greet, you will have a run-down of what your schedule will be for the day. Typically, your schedule can look 1 of 2 ways: meetings with financial aid, campus tours, a student panel, and lunch followed by the interviews. Or, interviews first with meetings to follow. It depends on the school. However, it is a guarantee that if an essay is involved, it is always done after the introduction. Do not sweat this part. The prompt is usually basic and there to give you an opportunity to think on your feet and show your communication skills. There is a misconception these essays are meant to determine if an applicant plagiarized their personal statement. This is not the case unless you really have something to hide, so just write from your heart.

After the 15-30 minute written prompt, you will head off to your meetings, tours, or interviews. Be prepared to ask questions, know some info about the school, drink water whenever offered, and have good shoes! You'll be walking around a lot, attempting to smile and be friendly when you're really freaked out. At Pacific University I was there from 7:45am to 4:45pm! Having water, mints, and/or good shoes for the long haul is vital. By having a few questions specific to the school prepared you have something to work into the conversation and get what you need out of the experience. Remember you are interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you. The night before my interviews I would review my research of the school and jot down questions divided into two categories. One category were general questions that could be asked during tours or student panels while the other category of questions were very specific to the school's program left for the interview. This was helpful because some questions are better answered by students (how to balance the work load with real life?), while others are better for administrators (tell me more about the required research thesis).

Each school interviews applicants differently. At Pacific we were spread out throughout the campus in different buildings. At PCO-Salus we were in the same building, same floor, but different rooms. My interview at SCCO was in the same room where I did my written prompt, while my interviewer at ICO took me to his personal office. There is no specific written formula for what goes on, but the only thing you can control is how you present yourself.

To break it down, here were some, but not all, of the questions I was asked.

1. Why do you want to be an Optometrist?
2. Why do you want to attend our school?
3. What is your academic weakness? Strength?
4. What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
5. You did a lot of extra-curriculars in college. Which one stands out the most and why?
6. If you were in this type of ethical situation, what would you do?
7. Who do you admire most and why?
8. What do you do for fun or how do you relieve stress?
9. If you could do anything besides Optometry, what would it be?
10. How would you describe or explain what an Optometrist does to a random person?

As you can see, the interviewer is trying to get a sense of who you are as a person and if you will make a good optometrist. The questions asked are evaluating you ability to get through the rigorous program. Some of these questions you WILL get asked (#1,2, and 8 are definite). You don't need to have a prepared, well rehearsed response to all of the listed questions. However, be very clear with your message for why you want to be an Optometrist. This is "The Big One". 

Like preparing my questions the night before, I also wrote very rough draft responses to a few of these questions so I could have a visual of what I wanted to say. It worked out my nerves and helped a lot!
Hopefully this gives you a clearer picture of a general interview day. I can give more details about my days at Salus, ICO, Pacific, and SCCO in later posts.

Good luck and enjoy your day!
Until Next Time,


July 17, 2012

Optometry School Application Process Part IIIA: Interview Prep (The 3 C's)

I decided to split the interview section into 2 parts. Part 1 is about prep for the interview and the things one has to consider before going to an interview: Compatibility to school, Costs, and Clothing attire. The 3 C's.

Ok, so you've decided to pursue Optometry, collected and submitted your organized materials, and are now starting to hear back from the schools you applied to. I know, you're trying to read this as quickly as possible because this is the time when you are PUMPED. Every moment spent checking for emails and wondering the outcome is agonizingly slow, yet surreal and too fast. Enjoy it! This is when your hard work begins to pay you back - with interviews!

It typically takes OptomCAS anywhere from 4-8 weeks to process your submitted material, so during that time relax and review the schools you applied to. Also, during this time you'll be completing the supplementary essays the schools will send you. The supplementary essays are a good lead in for reviewing the schools. The questions in these essays may be more specific to the school and ask you why you chose them or why you would be a good fit in their community. These are important questions not to take lightly, so do your research! What do you want from a school? What do you want to experience and give back while in a program? By answering these questions and doing the supplementals, you will be more prepared for when you hear back from the schools about coming for an interview. By that point, you should have a better idea if you are compatible with the school and whether it would be worth the money to go interview.

Now, you may be surprised by that last sentence. As you should be! If you are uncertain about a school, but have not yet been accepted anywhere or gone on an interview.... by all means, go! Yes, you will have to figure in the money (is it really worth it to spend up to $1000 just do an interview with a school you're uncertain about?), but in the long run it could just be a drop in the big bucket of expenses you'll pay for your education. Plus, the first interview is always the most nerve-wracking regardless if the school is your first or last choice. However, if you have gone on 3-4 interviews and get another request, you need to seriously consider how badly you want to attend that particular school. By that point you may have already spent up to $2000-2500, if not more. If through your compatibility research you determined this additional school seems like the perfect fit and the money is in your budget, it may be worth it. However if the school is one you're on the fence about and you would be going only to go on another interview, seriously weigh the options. Interview requests are selective and by getting an invitation from the school means they see something in you. This is a great sign, but not a guarantee for admission. You must decide if the school is worth the cost you will have to spend for a possible spot in their program. It may not, but only you can figure that out by doing research and weighing your options. 

So, do your research on the schools! It will help you figure out if you're truly interested in a school's program. Also, think about the expense, but with the mindset of your determination of pursuing the Optometry profession and what expenses must be paid or willing to be paid to accomplish your goal.

In terms of the actual interview day? Dressing professionally is a given. For guys, nice slacks, dress shirt and tie is the minimum. Some invest in suits which is fine. For gals, it gets more complicated, but my view is this: dress professionally, but comfortably. Dress as yourself, but in the cleanest, nicest version. This can include skirts with blouses, maybe a tailored cardigan, slacks, button down top, professional suit, or whatever fits your personal style. Many girls struggle with choosing pumps or flats. Again, go with what makes you comfortable or what you deem more professional. You don't want to be walking around all day in a outfit you have to readjust every 30 seconds. I didn't want to worry about if my clothes fit me, when the bigger and more important concern was if the school was the right fit. I decided to invest in a few professional tops, but wore shoes and dress pants I already owned. This kept me within a safe budget and got to look professional while maintaining my comfortable personal style.

So, these are my 3 C's for the interview prep process. Next time I'll give details for getting through the interview day. Stay tuned!

Until Next Time,


July 16, 2012

"Weekend" Update

My second to last weekend in Portland, OR. It is crazy how quickly the time has flown by, and I have less than 2 weeks before the big caravan push to Fullerton.

Instead of giving you a typical weekend update, I thought I'd give a photographic condensed montage of my life during the past month while away from the blog world.

Went to Multnomah Falls with visiting Texas and Georgia relatives. Saw beautiful wild flowers...

... and horsetail falls.
Went strawberry picking with good friends on Sauvies Island...

... and there were great pickins'! Made strawberry lemonade, short cake, and yummy waffle toppings from these Oregon berries. If anyone says they've had the best strawberry and it isn't from Oregon, you've just encountered a liar. Nothing beats Oregon berries! 

Finally visited the historic Astoria, OR where The Goonies was filmed... didn't take a picture of the house, but we found it! Stopped at the Fort Stevens shipwreck site.... isn't Meaghan cute?! She tried climbing everything. Can't take that kid anywhere.

Of course we had to check out the Astoria Column. From below...
 .... and 164 steps later.
 Pretty nice view from the top!

Went on the lovely Eagle Creek Trail for old times' sake. Got to spend quality time with my best red head, Ruth, and even got to go on the hike with an adorable German Shepard!

Good times even in the midst of a housing crisis. When you're picking up the pieces of a messed up rental agreement, the little escapes are that much more appreciated. Thankfully, this powerkat has resolved everything and does have a place to move in to at the end of month without going over budget!

Until Next Time,


July 14, 2012

Optometry School Application Process Part II: Submission

 Apologies for making you wait forever for Part II to my guide to Optometry School Applications. This past month has been hectic with trying to figure out housing situations and attempting to enjoy summer before classes begin in August. More on those fun topics soon, but for now let's discuss the best part of applying: OptomCAS!

Ok - so if you're a pre-Optometry student and are getting ready to apply, here is my number one tip: Review OptomCAS!!! Make an account as soon as possible. Creating an account before your cycle is the best way to get acclimated to the site and find out how it works. Since the 2013 cycle just began, but you're applying for Fall 2014, create an account! It is 100% free and nothing is official until you hit submit. I did this right before my application cycle began and it helped A LOT. Seriously, I got about half of my questions answered and figured out how OptomCAS functions BEFORE I even created my actual cycle's account. There are many weird details that you won't think about (What can I put in Honors and Activities? Do I just upload my resume? Do I have to create a narrative for every school?), and you need to be informed of how your information needs to be put into the system. This is really important when it comes to confirming transcripts and letters of recommendation. If you input something wrong, it will take longer for OptomCAS to approve your application and get the application sent to your schools.

In theory, for our tech-savvy generation, online application submission should be a breeze. And, in theory it is. However, when you're stressed and want to submit your paperwork ASAP it is very important that you know how the website works so you can quickly get everything done. I should point out that I was wanting to apply and submit my application early (which is what all Optometry websites, schools, and current students will recommend). If you are tech-savvy or are comfortable with applying later when the OptomCAS staff will be busy with the overload of paperwork people have submitted (and therefore will not be as likely to quickly answer your questions), this may not be worth it. But, for me, wanting to be aware of what I was getting myself into was important. Plus, it takes about 2 minutes to create an account. And it's FREE!!!

When you are ready for the official submission process, make sure all of your ducks are in a row for letters of recommendation, personal statement, and the pre-reqs required for each school. OptomCAS does not (nor should they) keep track of each schools requirements. We are applying and entering a professional program and therefore we must be proactively aware of the requirements needed to get it. What made my process easier was printing off a paper copy of my transcripts, personal statement, and pre-req lists for each school. This will come in handy when you are required to manually in-put every course you took in undergrad. Yeah, that's right. EVERY course. Not just pre-reqs. Having a paper copy allows you to visually check off every course you enter. On another note, it helps you determine which schools you really are interested in. Maybe you don't have all the pre-reqs necessary for a certain school. Maybe you do, but realize a particular school has other pre-reqs that you don't want to complete. If you have those types of feelings towards a particular school's pre-reqs, maybe it isn't the right school for you to apply to. By knowing that early, you can save yourself some money. There is a $45 fee to send your application to a school. That adds up quickly, so to save yourself some money and time, consider the schools early on.

So, to sum up, make sure you are prepared for OptomCAS. The submission process is already stressful with the knowledge that what you input could make or break you getting into the school of your dreams. By putting forth a few minutes to create an account, getting questions answered, and printing off a paper copy of your transcripts, you will have more time to relax and enjoy the process. Plus, it will make you that much more prepared for Part III: Interviews!

June 11, 2012

Optometry School Application Process Part I

I was recently asked by someone how the Optometry school application process went so seemingly smooth for me. After being shocked that I somehow effectively covered up my 24/7 stress for 9 months, I sat down and wrote out how I made it work without always being overwhelmed.

I have decided to divide up my process into 3 parts to make it easier to follow along:
I. Preparation
II. Submission
III. Interview

Today I will discuss the "Preparation":

I first started exploring the idea of Optometry in the fall of 2010. A few family friends and co-workers had mentioned the career thinking it would be a good fit for my quiet, but friendly personality. An old family friend was a private practice Optometrist, so I contacted him and asked if I could shadow for a day. After 1 visit I could see why people thought of me when they thought of Optometry, but I still wasn't convinced. I enjoyed how the Optometrist could create a conversation with the patient, analyze the problem, solve it, and improve the person's eyesight within one visit. But, it was sooo routine. My OCD side loved this, but I wondered if I would get bored in the long run. So, I contacted a few other Optometrists in the area, at larger practices and HMOs, to see if I would like a faster pace setting.

Loved it. Specifically, all of the eye diseases I was exposed to in a single day of observation. Not just cataracts, not just astigmatisms, but also detached retinas (post-opt), macular degeneration, and pink eye (last one, not so fun). I was hooked and wanted more. So, I looked into what was necessary to apply to Optometry school. Holy moly, a lot!

Apparently I needed to take an OAT (Optometric Admissions Test)? Three letters of rec, a personal statement, at least 30 hours of observations, and wait... I had to take another psychology course? Yikes. I realized I was not prepared for applying to enter with the Fall 2011 class. So, what did I do? I prepared for Fall 2012. And made a Timeline checklist (these months were during the year of 2011 to enter the following fall):
  1. Prepare for OAT and take by end of May
  2. Find 3 Letters of Recommendation, 1 being an Optometrist by end of February
  3. Begin rough draft of personal statement in February and refocus attention after OAT exam. Have final draft complete by end of June/early July.
  4. Double check prerequisites by end of March and take any courses if necessary during summer/fall
  5. Submit application on OptomCas by end of July
I started investigating methods of studying for the OAT (I decided to take a Kaplan course since I had been out of school for a couple years) while at the same time getting back in contact with a few good professors from college. This was in November/December of 2010. Why so early? Well, registration for Kaplan courses fill up quick and I wanted to give ample time to my potential letters of rec (LORs) so I could have a back-up plan in case they said no.

So, Kaplan course started in January and went through April of 2011. Early on I spent 2-3 days a week studying for a couple hours with the other days either relaxing, working on a very rough draft of my personal statement, and confirming letters of rec. In other words, I multi-tasked like no ones business. I also committed to a test date for mid-May (a few weeks after the course ended). By sticking a proverbial carrot in front of myself, I had more determination to follow through with the late night study sessions as time went on. By April, I left the personal statement alone, ignored everything, and became good friends with the librarians.

After a celebratory drink for completing "the beast", I double checked my pre-req situation and signed up for a summer online psychology course. Since I had given some time in February towards my personal statement, I didn't have to waste extra time figuring out how to start the essay. I was able to look at my rough draft from a new perspective.

Because stress was over taking my life, I logically decided to take a nice break and go to my family reunion in Durango, CO. I didn't think about Optometry, schools, or applications during this week in June. It was a great distraction and because of my preparation in earlier months, I knew I would be ok. If you plan early, breaks are more enjoyable and won't feel like a time waster. And, they are nice goals to look forward to (stick that carrot in front of you)!

After the glorious week off, I got back to work on my personal statement. I actually took longer with this than I initially planned for and didn't complete the statement until mid-July. In the end I spent about a good month editing, re-editing, reviewing, and word crunching to make it "me". This couldn't have happened without many people reading and providing feedback. Other people have great insight about grammar, flow, and oh yeah, cool qualities about you that you sometimes forget!

Once I was done with the statement, did a last confirmation with my LORs, I was ready to submit. And have a good drink.

So, while I was stressed from January until July, I was able to manage my time and multi-task early on in order to make May through July not seem as stressful to me. Next time, the submission process!

Until Next Time,


March 16, 2012

Pinch Me

It's Friday! TGIF. Ahh, we worked it out with our blood, sweat, and tears and finally arrived at this blissful day. The weekend is here and St. Patrick's Day is near. Will the sun come out in this rainy weather, make a rainbow, and let me find a pot a gold? Optometry school isn't cheap.

cousins finding a pot of gold in 2002

You know it's gonna be a good weekend. Make sure to wear green. Or do you want to get pinch? :)

Until Next Time,


March 14, 2012

Pi Day!

Happy Pi (3.14159265...) Day! 

find out more!

Can you have your pie and eat it too?

I sure am going to try.... mmm, apple pie. pecan pie. chocolate pie. pumpkin pie. any pie will do. 

WHY you should go to Optometry School

I realized I posted why not to go to Optometry school recently, so I thought I would share some positive reasons as well to give balance.

What made me decide to go into the profession of Optometry?

1. I enjoy working with people, especially one-on-one situations where I can make a stronger connection. You don't get much closer to someone when you're looking into their eyes and they can smell what you ate for lunch. Invest in mints people!
2. The human body has always fascinated me. I still can't get over how intricate the human eye is when it comes to nerves, muscles, and tissue repair!
3. Being able to work regular hours in a health care profession to allow me to have options later in life (ie balancing work and family)
4. Specifically for Optometry: you can have a direct impact on someone during their evaluation.
5. It isn't as long as medical school (seriously, I like learning, but not for that long).
6. You don't have many emergency situations involving blood and guts though I have witnessed a kid throw up (it was flu season).
7. Glasses are sexy.

#7 for the win! Ok, maybe I just think that, but they are pretty amazing when you think about the physics (totally just lost a reader...).

What you should realize is that regardless of what you are pursuing, if it is Optometry, Medicine, Philosophy, or English Lit., you must really ask why. Why do you want to do a job for the next +40 years? Is it for money? The ability to help others? The prestige? Whatever the reason, whatever the goal, find the reason why and you'll be able to succeed.

Enough corny, inspirational pep talk for now. But seriously, think about the why.

Until Next Time,


March 13, 2012

Weekend Update

Apologies for my lack of frequent/daily postings. Sometimes you just have to live life and stop being plugged into the system.

When I unplug myself I am instantly transported back to being a kid. Anyone from Generation Y can probably relate. Growing up we actually played outside and only the lucky kids had Nintendo Game Boys or Mario Brothers. We drank in the sun and made mudpies, built forts, rolled in the grass until we itched like crazy (or maybe that was just me - hay fever allergies anyone?). We actually had to call our friends' house phones to see if they were available to play and wrote letters we mailed to Grandma. 

So, to follow the post subject, Weekend Update, what did I do? I unplugged from the technology, sat inside, watched the rain pour, read a book, worked out, finished the taxes, found recipes for homemade granola (keep an eye out for a future post on that adventure), and... bought a car!!

Subaru Impreza
I am moving to Car City (southern California) in only a few months and as I currently survive by biking, walking, or the generosity of my parent's lending the car, this was a must-buy. After careful 3 months of research and frustrating searches, I finally found the car I wanted at a great price. 

No name yet, but this bundle of joy will make me very happy. Especially since it gets 37 mpg on the highway. So, in a weird twist, thank you technology!

Until Next Time, 


March 6, 2012

Rose Tinted Glasses

Have you ever experienced a regular day but viewed it as magical almost surreal? Like you've traveled into a different dimension and looking at the world from a new perspective.

This is what happens to me whenever I have a day off from work that isn't due to sickness, federal holiday, or vacation. Granted, the types of days off I just listed (minus the sickness option) are more fun that having to run weekday errands I can't do during the weekend. Bore.

So, that brings me to my Monday adventures! You would think going through the application, interview, and acceptance process would be enough to attend Optometry school. Nope, you also must provide current, notarized optical, immunization, and total health history records to the school you will be attending in the fall. Totally not a big deal, but with my identity theft paranoia and the fact these forms needed to be notarized I  wanted to get these official forms in person. Which therefore meant I had to take a day off work. Score!

Slept in, ate some yummy oatmeal with a pumpkin spice cook (hello, pumpkin is good for you. stop judging), worked out, got soaked in the rain as I ran around town getting these forms completed, and had just enough time to grab a Chai tea.

However, it was probably around the time between being completely drenched and wrapping my hands around the warm mug that I was hit with a realization. There is a whole other culture that exists outside of the work day. Yeah, I know there are people who are out of work, don't work, or can't work, but as a working person I often forget about the daily opportunities I don't have access to because I am at work. Therefore, when I do have access to taking the time to simply sit down and enjoy a cup of tea I become a giddy kid again. These tiny moments seem insignificant to a person who has the day off, but make a random day magical to me. When I notice these happy moments I wonder, is anyone else thinking the exact same thing as me right now? Do they know how lucky they are to be in a magical moment?

And then I think, 'magical moment, really?' I swear, it was only Chai.

However, those people who aren't working would probably be giddy to spend a day with a job. I guess we all want to put on rose tinted glasses and view our worlds in a brighter way than they really are.

In the mean time, I at least am one step closer to Optometry school!

Until Next Time,


March 5, 2012

Weekend Update

How was your weekend? Not long enough? I agree.

The days were filled with adult responsible activities that made my days off from work seem lack luster. Definitely did not put a hop in my step. The upside? I made yummy bruschetta pizza to lighten my dreary mood.

no after shot because I was too hungry...

Paired with a glass of wine, warm fire, and my latest leisure book, Fast Food Nation, my Sunday night was the weekend cap I was desperately searching for. 

I love how cooking delicious food and enjoying a nice read can instantly improve my mood. Now, if only the sunshine could come back so I could take this on a hike! Soon, aka 4 months from now, the rain will stop and I'll get my wish. 

Until Next Time, 


Bruschetta Pizza (courtesy of Taste of Home)
1/2 pound reduced-fat Italian sausage
1 prebaked 12-inch pizza crust 
1 package (6 ounces) sliced turkey pepperoni 
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 
1-1/2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes 
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced 
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme 
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Additional fresh basil leaves, optional

1. In a small skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Place crust on an ungreased baking sheet. Top with pepperoni, sausage and cheese. Bake at 450° for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted. 
2. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, sliced basil, oil, garlic, thyme, vinegar, salt and pepper. Spoon over pizza. Garnish with additional basil if desired.

March 4, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Some people designate certain foods for specific seasons of the year. For example, soup season typically begins in mid-fall and lasts until the end of winter. Who really wants hot soup on a +100 humid summer afternoon?

I am all for consuming foods during their peak season (um, tomatoes really aren't suppose to be red and available ALL year people... think about that). However, I am a sucker for cookies and a sucker for the fall. Hence, I proceeded to make some of the best Pumpkin Spice Cookies.

You've got nutmeg, cinnamon, ground cloves, vanilla, sugar, pumpkin, and... um do I really need to go on?

Pumpkin Spice Cookies (from
Ingredients - Cookies
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients - Glaze
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.
To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency. I actually cut this in 1/2 and only glazed a few because these are great even without the extra sugar.

This recipe is great if you have left over pumpkin puree. Why do you have this sitting around your house? Probably because you just made pumpkin banana bread AND pumpkin cinnamon chip muffins, and you still have some of that yummy fall spice puree in your fridge.

It is begging you to eat it and think wonderful fall thoughts even in March.

Until Next Time,


March 1, 2012

Attempting Change

Blog has moved! If you are looking for the Adventures of a Blue-Eyed Powerkat head to this address:!

Hopefully the kinks in the system will be worked out soon and you can go back to reading my rambling thoughts

Until next time,


Sometimes it hurts to breathe...

It begins at birth
Ends at death
I love my life
In and out
I hate my life
Up and down
To live and let live
It is all the same
Until one day
It is no more

Most days I can get through the day and not think of you. I don't rehash the moments and wonder what could have been. Your genuine smile, ability to make me frustrated and elated at once, quiet confidence, and knack for knowing how to push me towards my best even when I couldn't see it.

Most days I don't think about any of these things until the lights go out, the world goes silent, and I am only left with my rambling mind. The mind that always brings me back to you. And then I have to remember to keep breathing.

To no one except to you I say, Until Next Time,


If there is someone who you can't stop thinking about and they make your day brighter, let them know now. Not tomorrow, not when the timing is better, and not when you're drunk. Let them know how you feel now. They will thank you and you will breathe easier afterwards.

February 26, 2012

Why NOT to go to Optometry school

I apologize in advance for the rant that is about to spill out of my fingers on to the page. You've been warned.

Anyways, as I have mentioned in previous posts, I am going to start Optometry school this August in Southern California. Pause for collective yay!

What I have yet to mention is that I will be starting this adventure single. Or, as some women would say, alone. I personally don't view this as a bad thing as I will have more time for myself and studies. Without a boyfriend to take up my spare time I can explore my interests, be more active in extracurricular activities I really want to participate in, and not worry about fitting in time for someone else's needs. Ok, that might sound harsh, but when you have 24 hours in a day and 14 are dedicated to school and 8 for sleep, what can you do for the remaining 2 except eat, workout, and try to keep your sanity for the next four years?

The point I am trying to get at is this: why go to Optometry school at age 25 when you won't finish until you're nearly 29, approaching 30? Um, because I want to help people with their visual problems? Good answer, right? Apparently, I was wrong. I should be saying I want to find a husband.To be up front I never even considered this to be a problem, but for some women who want to get married by 26 and have a child by 29 Optometry school (or any professional school for that matter) seems out of reach. Professional school is not like undergrad where you spend maybe 20 hours a week studying and the rest of your time hanging out with friends. Professional school is your life. You eat, breathe, and sleep what you are learning in order to become a professional in the subject of your choice. When you sign up for this type of commitment it is practically impossible to have an outside personal life unless you are already seriously committed to someone. Which leaves single young women in a bind... especially one's going into Optometry school. The current ratio of women to men in Optometry school is 3:1 and still shrinking. Most men who you do meet in school are already in serious relationships, possibly married, or not interested. This leaves maybe a handful of men, at best, for a single woman to consider within her class because she won't have time to create an outside social life with the men in her community. Or, it seems very unlikely.

For me, this supposed impossible challenge of finding a guy is not important and not a factor in my pursuit of becoming an Optometrist. I figure I will pursue my career goals while working on hobbies/interests that make me happy (baking, being active, trying out kayaking, and traveling) and somewhere in those pursuits everything will work out as it should. However, there also seems to a staggering percentage of women who are in the same boat as me, maybe around the age of 22-23 instead of my crazy "old" age of 25, who are losing their minds at the prospect of not finding a guy until they are, gasp, 27. They consider that age to be "too old" to be considered marriage material for guys and worry they will miss their best years for finding a husband.

ARE THEY NUTS?! I am sorry, but isn't it 2012? I don't view my success based on when I get married or who I marry. I base my success on my happiness with the relationships I do have and the lives I've been able to touch. If these women believe that their only chance for happiness is marrying a guy and that is their focus going in to Optometry school I will be very surprised if they make it out with enough self-confidence to be successful in a career they just spent $200,000 on.

Maybe my priorities are screwed up and I should be figuring out my next date in order to get a guy to marry me before I reach old maid status. Life is about a being and becoming, not about having and getting. When we work towards our best potential with a smile and optimism, great things can happen in all aspects of our lives.

Until next time,


ps: I know I said I'd share a recipe, so let's say this is a rant recipe for how to annoy me. :)

February 21, 2012

Cookie Monster Generation

Is our generation (Generation Y) the generation of the Cookie Monster? You're thinking 'This is what she thinks about all day?'

No friends. I don't think about the Cookie Monster all day. I think about how all the blogs I've traveled to in the past month have typed "nom.nom" at least twice per blog. Where did this nom business come from to describe how we feel about a recipe or dish? I guess I can see how the two word term fits and paints a clear picture in one's mind.

When presented with 'nom,nom' I am instantly transported to my 5 year-old mind and the Cookie Monster of Sesame Street being my idol. He was so excited to consume those cookies that his furry blue paws (or is it hands) just smashed the cookies in his face. All the while he was say 'nom, nom! cookies!' and his jiggly eyeballs rolling around. You wanted to be right next to him to get the flying stray bits of chocolate chips. Ahh, young childhood memories.

Anyways, back to this nom business. Great descriptive word and takes me to a happy place. But, didn't the Cookie Monster ultimately realize that cookies can only be a sometimes food? And to extrapolate further, hasn't our generation seen how over consumption can destroy a person, family, community, or even, shall I say it, a country?

This is what I think about all day and why I need a place to jot out my random thoughts.

Until next time,


ps: Next time I'll add a recipe. nom!nom! :)

February 15, 2012

I only have eyes for you...

Happy Belated Valentine's Day! 
When you look deep into someone's eyes what do you see? 

Very nerdy, but gotta love it!

Until Next Time, 


February 13, 2012

Homemade Biscotti

This past weekend I was craving tea and biscotti to accompany me while I was sifting through my old piles of artwork from years ago.

Ok, you got me. I really just wanted biscotti and an excuse from cleaning out the clutter of memories before moving down to southern California.

I am of the mindset that if you are going to eat sweets, you must make them or the whole wonderful-ness is loss. You never crave store-bought sweets. When you leave a dinner party you never think, "wow, I really need another helping of the overly sugary, fake tasting pie". No, you crave and think about the homemade sweets. They have been made with sweat, love, and possibly blood in order to satisfy a sweet tooth. Hence, my Saturday search for homemade biscotti.

I fell upon this recipe on (my go-to site) and it was so easy! All of the ingredients were common staples in the kitchen, minus the sliced almonds, and the process was easy as 1, 2, 3. The only alteration I made was using less chocolate. 'She said what?!' I did a quick taste test before adding the chocolate and these are so good because of the hint of orange zest that you can get away with less chocolate.


PS: There are no pictures from my escapade because I was so focused on making these and then eating them. My stomach apologizes. 

Biscotti Toscani


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg  this could be replaced with cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips  I would recommend half of this amount
  • 1/2 cup toasted almond pieces

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a large baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla, almond extract, and zest. Combine flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in almonds. Divide dough into two pieces. Form into long flat loaves about 1/2 inch tall and 12 inches long. Place the loaves 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until a light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  4. With a serrated knife, cut diagonally into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Lay the slices flat on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, turning over once. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  5. Place chocolate chips into a small, microwave-safe bowl. Melt chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until smooth. Use a spatula to spread chocolate onto one side of each cookie. Let stand at room temperature until set. Store biscotti at room temperature in an airtight container. 

February 11, 2012

Romancing the Heart

In the spirit of the celebration of love I thought I would pay homage to my favorite guilty pleasure chick-flick movie - When Harry Met Sally...

Not only are the characters imperfect, but it is about a real partnership that develops between two people. 

Most movies that aim for the female demographic create a world-wind romance that is simply unrealistic or too good to be true (The Notebook anyone?), but this movie gets it right. These characters go from random strangers to best friends in a natural setting. No rustic vineyards, beach romps, or passionate kisses in the rain.

Though there is a marvelous scene in a diner. You might have heard about it. Though, while everyone talks about a certain experience Sally fakes I personally love witnessing the easy banter between the two. Even if they can't see it yet there is a natural build-up of trust that will climax (sorry, it was too easy not to make a remark) into a deeper bond.

Our current world is all about instant gratification and love has unfortunately fallen victim to this monster. So, whenever I get in a slump about my love life it is so refreshing to pop this movie in, wrap myself in a cozy blanket with a warm cup of tea, and consider a real possibility that might be waiting around the corner.

I just kinda hope it doesn't take another 12 years....
Until next time,


February 10, 2012

Pandora's Box

Have you ever been asked a question, thought you only had one response, but before you open your mouth you suddenly realize that you actually have too emotions to make anything but " how about you"?

This is what I've repeatedly experienced someone asks how I am doing with moving to California to start Optometry school in the fall. My gut wants to say that I'm doing amazing and envisioning a new adventure that can't come soon enough. Then, as I'm about to tell them just that, my mind goes blank, I break out into a cold sweat, and start thinking of all the things I have to do before I move down there. These thoughts rapidly progress to an all-out panic attack of 'AM I EVEN READY FOR THIS?!' Which, of course I am. 100%. Not freaked out at all.

So, if you ask me how I am feeling I'll say it feels surreal, but I'm ready. Which is true if I dig under all of that anxiety.

Are there topics that make you have too many emotions to process? How do you handle them?

My solution? Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, ice cream, and a good movie. Works for a lonely Valentine's Day too!

February 9, 2012

Long Time No See

So... as predicted this endeavor did not last more than 2 posts back in 2010. And no followers. Not that I would want any, but still. If anyone does happen to come across this blog I want to make this important statement: I am a goal-setter and overachiever. There is no way to beat it around the bush or be modest when it comes to my desire to succeed at what I pursue. Sometimes I might take longer than others to decide on what I want to pursue, but once I've made up my mind I follow through.

Lets sum up the last two years so everyone can be caught up and then move forward together. I've been working in a job that has taught me how to deal with very different personalities than my own and has pushed me to my limits (in good ways and bad). While struggling to make the most of a job that I've considered an "in-between" phase from undergrad to grad school, I've been figuring out what grad program I want to pursue for a career. I've always leaned towards health care and have a knack for science, so exploring health careers was a major to-do in 2010. During that year I fell in love. No, not with a handsome fellow... though I did look into many people's eyes. Yes, I began a love affair with Optometry and the affair blossomed into a full-fledged romance. In fact, all of 2011 was dedicated to applying for Optometry school! From studying and taking the OAT (Optometry Admissions Test), compiling resumes, letters of rec, writing a concise personal statement, to finally attending interviews and being accepted to my school of choice. It was a crazy ride from start to finish with more crying breakdowns than I've ever experienced in my life. (Another side note: I am very emotional, but hardly ever cry. If you witness a tear drop from my eyes.... 1) don't take a picture because I'll give you something to cry about, and 2) I trust you till the end of time)

Now, after those two years of struggling with figuring out my future I now have plenty of time to better enjoy the present. Hence, here I am world! This blog will be about my new adventures - mundane, everyday, random, exciting, and maybe unique - before and while I am in Optometry school because really, who doesn't want to learn about how I view the world? Maybe my musings will give you a clearer view on your own life. After all, I will be an Optometrist and that is in the job description. And you know how I love to follow through on goals.

Until next time,