I am one of the most introverted people on this planet, and got into Optometry School.Are there people like me in your class? I worried I'm not cut out for it, since I might might not make friends for me to practice using the equipment on. Plz comment &TYCongratulations on getting in! I feel the program has its fair share of introverts and extroverts. Obviously since you got into optometry school, your program thought you were cut out for it. But, there is a degree to which you need to be social. You may not necessarily be practicing on your friends all the time, anyway. The idea is that we are all professional colleagues and we help each other out when we need it. There is no shame in asking random people in your class if they'd want to practice with you after class or at some point on the weekend. The more you vary your practice patients, the more experience you get. And, a lot of times on proficiencies you will be paired with a random person. It helps if you've practiced on them already, or at least practiced on enough people so that you've had a variety of experiences. If you can't bring yourself to do this, how will you interact with real patients in the future, who will be complete strangers?
Hi! I am really excited to be starting in the Fall, but I am worried about the money aspect. What do you think about job opportunities once we graduate? I have been hearing conflicting stories on the job market, what are your thoughts?Hello, and congrats on starting in the fall! Are you really worried about this? It's a huge factor that you hopefully considered before deciding to come to optometry school. Anyway, I'm no expert. What I do know is that a lot of locations (especially ones that someone may consider "ideal" to live) are saturated, making it a little more difficult to find a job. The best thing you can do is build a solid network, including ODs who practice in areas you want to practice in. The more ODs you know, the more likely you are to meet one that will be looking to either hire a new OD or sell their practice to one by the time you graduate. It also helps to get to know the local representatives for optometric equipment, contact lenses, frames, and spectacle lenses in a location you are interested in. Since they know and work with a lot of ODs, they might be able to help get you in touch with people.