Usually I write my blog posts from my bedroom in my apartment, but this one is coming from a bus bringing me back from Maine. Even though it is not officially summer, the weather definitely feels like it. I came up to Maine this weekend to take care of some wedding planning, and it ended up being a very relaxing weekend. It was so nice to see trees, grass and flowers, as I often forget about these things while living in the city. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy living in the city, but it is nice to get away every now and then!
Now that it is “summer,” third year has officially begun. It was so exciting to have second year behind us, but third year is proving to be just as busy, if not more. I am scheduled for four days of clinic, and when I am not in clinic, I am in class or studying. I’m enjoying going to clinic so often, but it is definitely a big change from our clinic schedule during this past year. Currently, I am at New England Eye Institute, which I absolutely love. It is rather close to my apartment, and with this nice weather, I am able to walk there with no problem. The Doctors are great, and the patients remind me everyday why I want to be an optometrist; they make this job fun! There is a lot of high tech equipment at this clinic, and I feel like I am learning how to use a new machine every day I am there. Even though it is just the beginning of third year, I am already feeling like I am able to put together a lot of the things that I learned in the first two years, and I feel as though my confidence increases more and more each week. We have about 4 more weeks of the summer term left, and I am really excited to continue to build on my clinical skills and work on putting everything together.
In addition to all of this clinic, we had a big week this past week…fourth year rotation selections were due! This was one of the most daunting decisions I have had to make because there are so many choices. To put it in a nutshell, we were responsible for picking 3 different sites and ranking all of the sites within the three categories. It may sound pretty easy, but it was not. At first, I told myself I would love to go any place on the list, but as I thought more and more about it, I realized that there were other things to take into consideration such as housing, buying a car, etc. If I were to stay in Boston, I would not have to look for housing, but I may have to look into buying a car, and I don’t really want to drive in Boston. Well, at least not yet! If I were to go outside of Boston, I would definitely need a car, and I would have to figure out what to do about housing, and would have to give up my apartment in the city. I ultimately decided to pick rotations that sounded interesting and sounded like they would give me an overall well-rounded experience that would prepare me for the “real world.” I am fairly happy with the sites that I chose, and now that the selection process is over, all I have to do is wait and hope for the best!