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Jane Ann Munroe, OD, Assistant Dean of Admissions, SCCO

Retired Assistant Dean of Admissions, SCCO

Took 2 Gap Years, Applied Late in the Cycle, and Still Got Into My Dream School by SCCO Student Ambassador Gavin Jaime

My path to optometry definitely wasn’t perfect.

During my final year of undergrad, I thought that I would pursue a career as either becoming a RN or PA. This intention continued even after I graduated from UCSB.  I became a licensed EMT during my senior year and decided this should be my first job out of college. This plan would give me a chance to receive clinical hours as well as get a feel for what patient care is like in the hospital setting. After about 3 months of working with long 12-hour shifts, I realized that this type of work was exhausting and unfortunately for me, not fulfilling. This experience forced me reconsider what I wanted to do for a career. 

My Journey Across the World to Attend Optometry School in the U.S. by SCCO Student Ambassador Collette Dsouza

I’m an international student so moving to foreign countries is second nature to me! Beginning a professional program is difficult and nerve wracking on its own.  It is even more overwhelming when you have to pack up your life and move across oceans to turn your dreams into reality.

Growing Up as a Child of Immigrants Fueled My Passion for Optometry by SCCO Student Ambassador Ahmed Fayad

Growing up in the cultural melting pot of Southern California, I found comfort in my cultural and ethnic identity because it helped me define myself.  As a child of Egyptian immigrants with agricultural roots, hard work and resilience were core values that enriched my environment through multiple outlets that contributed to my overall development.

How Double Majoring in Dance and Biology Made Me A Competitive Applicant for Optometry School by SCCO Student Ambassador Emily Coan

Why did I choose to major in dance in undergrad if I planned on pursuing a career in optometry?  What was I hoping to gain?  Was I wasting my time?

These are questions I asked myself as I plowed through hours of homework, studying, and rehearsals while majoring in both dance and biological sciences at UC Irvine.  Since high school, I was set on being an optometrist

Work, Undergrad, and Supporting Myself Financially by SCCO Student Ambassador Vanessa Tran

As a first generation college student with parents who were unable to support me financially, making the decision to pursue optometry school took a lot of consideration. Not only is the cost of attending optometry school a big consideration, but for students who are financially independent, even just the cost of preparing and applying to optometry school can be daunting….

I Chose Optometry After a Gap Year and Exploring Other Healthcare Careers by SCCO Student Ambassador Jasmine Lovan

I would love to share my story on how I found my passion within optometry in the hopes that aspiring optometry students can relate.  If you are feeling indecisive or confused on what career path to take after graduating,  know that I have been in your shoes and it will be okay.

From Getting My First Pair of Glasses at 2 Years Old to Moving Across he Country to Become a Doctor of Optometry by SCCO Student Ambassador Adam Moret

When I was two years old, my parents noticed that my left eye had an involuntary turning in that my right eye didn’t share. My eyes didn’t yoke together and work as a team. One trip to the eye doctor, and I had my very first pair of glasses.
I haven’t known a life with uncorrected vision with eyeglasses, and I couldn’t be more thankful for this fact. Vision has always been an interest of mine, even when I thought my life was taking a different path during my undergraduate program. However, when I had the amazing opportunity to work as an optician, I knew that a career in eyecare was the right path.