We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!  Everyone says that second year is the hardest year of optometry school, and I can’t believe that it is coming to an end.  It seems like it was just yesterday when we were returning to school from our summer vacation and getting ready to start a new year.  From clinic to studying and everything in between, second year has proved thus far to keep me on my toes and extremely busy (but I say this in a good way!).  After Spring break in March, it seemed like everything was thrown into high gear and the past couple of weeks flew by.  We had our PPO final (our last one ever), which felt great to put behind us.  Proficiencies were completed and third year summer session clinical sites were assigned.  As I am writing this, I still can’t believe that we only have a few more weeks of school left!

We have been waiting to hear our assignments for summer clinic for awhile, and now that we know, summer feels like it is right around the corner.  I will be at Pine Street Inn for one day a week and at New England Eye for three days a week.  Going from our current load of one afternoon per week of clinic to almost a full week will be interesting, but I am very excited!  We have learned so much this year, and I am eager to finally see it all in action.  I must say that I will miss working at Roslindale, as I was assigned there for my entire second year.  The doctors and staff at Roslindale are great, and it is going to be sad to say goodbye in just a couple of weeks.  I am so grateful to have had such great mentors there, and I can’t wait to use all of the things I learned from them throughout the rest of my career!

In addition to all of this exciting news as the school year comes to an end, this past Friday was NECO’s annual Visionaries day where we celebrate all of the achievements that students have accomplished during the past year.  Guest speakers are invited, and different project competitions are held for the different classes.  As a second year student, there were not any projects this year, but we were still given the opportunity to listen to a wonderful set of guest speakers.  During one of our morning classes, the inventor of the EZ-ID program spoke with us.  The EZ-ID program is an initiative to create license plates that are easier to identify and memorize in the event of an emergency.  Inspired by two child abduction cases, the inventor of this program decided to create a license plate design that incorporates shapes and minimal letters and numbers, so that they can be easily remembered.  The reason that this was brought to NECO’s attention was because they need data regarding the visual science aspect of the project.  And of course, everyone at NECO did not hesitate to help out!  Through the help of faculty and student volunteers, it is NECO’s hope to gather information through small research studies to help provide evidence that these new license plates can really make a difference.  I am extremely excited to be able to help out with this project, and I hope that we can uncover some data that shows great support for this program.

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