“The most important lesson is to remember that growth is nonlinear, and with each mistake
comes an opportunity to reconcile your faults and come back with a stronger foundation.”
“…highlight your beauty and passion in your interviews, and do not feel discouraged. Who wouldn’t want to enroll a genuine soul like you?”
Is the pressure of choosing a career scaring you half to death? Did your feeling of purpose get lost somewhere in the stress of school? Are you crying in the library reading this? If so, this article is for you…
Try to envision whether this can be a lifetime career for yourself, and be honest with yourself about who you are doing this for. Your “why” is what will motivate you through your challenging courses throughout optometry school.
You’ve decided to take the OAT! Congratulations! You’ve taken one of the first steps toward becoming an optometrist.
I went through many moments where I felt like I should drop one involvement or another because it felt like too much, but I found a family and joy in each place I served.
Entering optometry school right after completing an undergraduate education is not impossible and is not as uncommon as you may think!
I got to express my concerns and ask my burning questions plainly, and every time, I was met with kindness, support, and of course, answers.
If you feel like you aren’t good enough for your dreams, quiet the voice inside and start to break those self-limiting beliefs.
It can be said that a gap year offers a great opportunity to gain experiences, save money, and have time to refine your application. However, because I was eager to start optometry school and felt like I made the most of my undergraduate years, I opted not to take that gap year. I had enjoyed my undergrad experience fully, I took every opportunity to be involved in variety of experiences by graduation. To not take that gap year was a personal choice for me that also meant finding ways to balance the OAT and application while still taking courses and finishing up my undergrad degree.