It is with great pleasure that I present this new blog series from 4th year student, Maggie Francisco, SCCO Class of 2016.
Maggie began her time here at SCCO, right from the get-go as a 1st year, as our work study student here in Admissions. We spent a lot of time in one-on-one chats about her journey through optometry school. I’m going to sound like an old geezer now when I say that I cannot believe she is in her 4th year and soon, so soon, will be Dr. Maggie Francisco!
She’s quite the experienced blogger and helped me with many Optometry Admissions blog projects as part of her duties as a work study student. I expect her blog journaling will be creative, candid, insightful , and fun—all to the reader’s delight.
At SCCO, a 4th year student’s last year consists of three four-month rotations in what is known as the Clinical Outreach program. Students select from one of 80+ rotation sites coast to coast across the U.S., with some international sites as well. I invite you to follow along as she blogs about beginning her first rotation at Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital (HHK) in Sacaton, AZ. This rotation site is in a hospital is on an indian reservation and is part of the Indian Health Services program set up by the US government.
I’m not going to spoil the suspense by telling you in advance where else her rotations sites will take her. You’ll just have to stay tuned! And now, here is Maggie…
Life as a Fourth Year by Maggie Francisco
Let me introduce myself…
My name is Maggie Francisco and I’m a 4th year (wow, it feels weird to say that…) at SCCO at MBKU. I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and went to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA for undergrad. I have wanted to be an optometrist since I was 15 years old and haven’t stopped moving since! I’m a huge eye-nerd and I get really excited about the weirdest things—crazy eye injuries, retinal detachments, macular holes, finding cranial nerve/muscle palsies—but then again, I think just about all of my classmates will tell you the same thing.
Read Maggie’s Blog and make sure to bookmark this blog or subscribe so you won’t miss a single entry! She’s completing a residency after graduating in 2016, and so there is more to come!