As an admissions officer, I have reviewed thousands of applications and have developed an expectation for essential elements that I look for in competitive applicants—those who will qualify to advance in SCCO’s admissions process. The most fundamental explanation of SCCO’s admissions process is that it has two serial […]
Given our current situation with COVID-19, I am republishing this article because is has renewed relevance as an accepted shadowing practice. In many ways, there is even more to be learned by interviewing an optometrist than by the mere passive observation of the traditional shadowing experience.
Nervousness is inherent to any interview process… But the nervous vibe is not what you want to give off because it conveys fear and being out of control… You can be nervous and still control the vibe you give off. I will use wisdom from Cesar Millan, The Dog […]
SCCO’s admissions process is paperless, with one notable exception: your Resume/CV is still printed out for review by the interviewing faculty member assigned to do your interview. So why in this paperless process is your Resume/CV still printed out? Because it is personal, and most importantly, it is […]
There is so much misinformation and thus misconceptions about SCCO’s application process. Let this article remedy this misinformation and quell unnecessary anxiety associated with the process. Rolling Admissions: SCCO uses rolling admissions; applications are processed as they are received through OptomCAS. Should an applicant meet the academic criteria, […]
There’s a definite trend toward offering more ways to complete college coursework online, resulting in more and more confusion for the student consumer who must choose an online course that meets that will fulfill a specific requirement. SCCO does accept the online course format as a way to […]
Peer Advisors are upperclassmen who are trained to assist incoming students make the transition into professional grad school. One of the way they assist is through the Peer Advisor Blog. Here is an example of such a blog article that may even be helpful to you as a pre-optometry […]
Here’s an article from OptometryStudents.com that I endorse. It is written by Sydni Davis who will be a first year student at UMSL College of Optometry, matriculating Fall 2018. THE DO’S Be specific. You are allowed about 4,500 characters to write your essay. This does not leave much room […]
For optometry applicants, taking the OAT is inherently stressful. It just is. Even so, for some OAT test takers, there is excessive and unnecessary self-inflicted anxiety that can be avoided.
This article will explain what you can do before and during the OAT to help deal with the anxiety inherent in test taking.