Still alive and kicking. I abandoned this blog for a solid few months there, and it's actually not because life is totally sucking. I think I've pinpointed the reason for hiatus after hiatus: I honestly lost interest. The Q&As were getting repetitive and no offense, but a lot of them were things you could find either by reading my blog/searching old Q&As or Googling. I also got tired of the role of "all-knowing optometry student" (which I'm obviously not) and after being in the program for this long, it's hard to sympathize with the stresses of things like passing an undergrad organic chemistry class. My grades don't matter to you, what I did to get here doesn't matter, none of that should matter because I am not and never was a textbook candidate for optometry school. Because there is no such thing. The schools tell you what they want in a candidate. There are forums and sites out there specifically designed to help you get into optometry school. It's unfortunate that it took me this long to realize this, but I don't want this blog to be one of those kinds of resources. I want to talk about where I'm GOING, not where I've been (over, and over, and over).
(If you want a good blog to follow: http://pacificuoptometry.blogspot.com!)
So I think I'm going to take the Q&A function down. Comments on posts are still welcome, of course, and if you do have a burning question for me, feel free to leave it in a comment under a post.
So, what's actually going on? Well, part 1 of boards is four weeks away. I'm trying not to freak out. KMK, the prep course for boards, was a huge help and I don't think I'd be remotely close to as level-headed as I think I am if it weren't for that. I've been studying since winter break but I don't know if I'll ever feel prepared enough. I can't wait to get it over with!
I've been trying to maintain a pretty normal life in spite of boards. It's hard sometimes when I still have to go to school and the classes can seem like they aren't worth attending. I don't mind clinic at all and wish I could have more of it if it meant I had less class. Studying for midterms when I should be studying for boards is annoying and exhausting. I don't know if this is true, but I've heard that other schools (SCCO?) get a whole month off to study for boards. We only get the Thursday, Friday, and Monday before the 2-day test off, and in my opinion, not a whole ton of ground can be broken in that amount of time. Anyway, I'm still trying to make time to hang out with friends, spend time with my boyfriend, call my family, and refocus my mental state when needed. In addition to all this I'm looking for housing for my rotations, figuring out when to take parts 2 and 3 of boards during 4th year, and trying to get started on the post-grad planning. I'm undecided on whether I want to do a residency or not, but the more I think about it, the better of an idea it becomes. If I have any hope of moving back to California, I need as much of a competitive edge as I can get. Cali isn't necessarily the goal at this time, but it'd be nice to have it as an option.
Anyway, maybe I'll start writing in here a bit more now that I've freed myself from the pressures I put on myself from the beginning. I don't know if my little internet audience will appreciate it, but it's either that or forget about the blog forever.