Does this sound familiar? You have to get good grades in high school so you can go to a good college. Then, you have to get good grades in college so you can get a job. Wait, scratch that. Now everybody is going to college, so you have to get good grades to get into a master’s or doctorate program. Then, you can get a career and be successful. That was my train of thought for a long time. As I was going along with “the plan,” I would often say or think, “I don’t really need t
The Beatles said it best, “…Said I’m gonna make it with my friends (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Oh, I’m gonna keep on trying (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
I’m gonna keep on trying (Ooh)” On my recent quarter break vacation, I reflected on the crazy year I finished at ICO. My thoughts wandered from big practicals to clinical experience to taking anxiety-inducing exams. I would crack a smile when I remembered some of the tests that I survived by the skin
There is no way of getting around it- I love aviation. It fascinated me as a boy and it still fascinates me today. It astonished me that these man-made machines could laugh in the face of gravity. Over time, I would come to learn about lift, thrust, and aerodynamics… but the wonder never left. To get a sense of wonder (or at least raise an eyebrow,) all it takes is to look at one plane. I’m not talking about the flying Greyhound buses that take off and land at O’Hare or LAX.
One of my best friends is currently teaching in Spain for a year. She is living in Madrid, giving me the perfect chance to come visit and explore Spain for the first time. During my trip to see her, we traveled from Madrid to Barcelona. One thing I noticed was the amount of opticals everywhere! This got me thinking, what is optometry like in Spain? ICO also has an exchange program with Madrid. We send two optometry students there, and they send two optometry students to Chica
NBEO exams are the national optometric board certifications required in the United States. OEBC is the Canadian equivalent. Some optometry students only take American boards, and others take only Canadian, but there is a large group of students at ICO taking both. Usually, these students are from Canada and want to have the option of working in both places. Or, they are in a relationship with a Canadian and have to be open to living in either country. I’m the latter. (Side no