I’m Emmy Schwartz, a fourth year student at the New England College of Optometry. I’m originally from Buffalo, New York, and am a proud Bills and Sabres fan. I graduated in 2011 from Ithaca College with a degree in writing, but I have always been interested in health care and optometry in particular. I have worn glasses since the age of seven and also have an intermittent strabismus in my right eye, which I have learned a lot more about since starting at NECO. My interest in optometry stems from my personal eye issues and also from a passion for helping others. I am particularly interested in vision therapy, and I hope to one day own my own optometry practice. Outside of optometry, I have always been interested in writing–I like to write everything from short stories to personal essays to more professional pieces. I am also an avid reader; I like both fiction and nonfiction, and a few of my favorite authors are Jose Saramago, Margaret Atwood, and Ursula LeGuin. I love to travel as well; I studied abroad in France for a summer and have also been to Israel, Switzerland, England, and various places around the United States and Canada. Other interests of mine include cooking, running, and spending time with friends and family.