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Biren and friends at VOSH night Family at NECO

Family at NECO

When incoming students ask me to describe life at NECO I have one word: family. Although I haven’t known the first and second year class so long, I treat them as if they are my close friends. Coming from a large undergraduate university in Chicago, I was skeptical on attending a small optometry…

 How to Write a Wicked Awesome Personal Statement

How to Write a Wicked Awesome Personal Statement

Today I want to reach out to those prospective students out there who are trying to tackle the ever-daunting personal statement. For some of you, writing isn’t your strong suit, writing about yourself is uncomfortable, and fitting everything within 4,500 characters seems impossible. However, personal…

Contact lens on finger Looking Beyond Primary Care: Special Populations Rotation

Looking Beyond Primary Care: Special Populations Rotation

My third clinical rotation is nearing its end, which means that I am almost 75% done my final year at NECO! Special Populations, my current rotation, was one I had looked forward to ever since selecting my fourth-year externships. Special Populations gives students the opportunity to explore a variety…

Building sign for 424 Beacon street The Big (Interview) Day

The Big (Interview) Day

I remember my interview day falling in the same year as that grand snowstorm in Boston. I applied rather late in the application cycle and my interview wasn’t scheduled until April. I remember taking public transportation from my friend’s apartment in Harvard Square while it was snowing in April…

Hannah and friend studying with computers A “Glass Half Full” Approach to Graduate School

A “Glass Half Full” Approach to Graduate School

Just one month into the new semester, I’m already feeling the momentum of clinic, school work, and my Master’s research at full force! Although this semester so far has been filled with days when I leave home at 7AM and don’t return until 8PM, as well as Saturdays when I wake up at 6:30AM to…

 Dialogue Over Dinner

Dialogue Over Dinner

This guest blog entry was contributed by Sarah, Class of 2021. She works in the Communications Office as a contributor to our social media and website. Below, she shares her experiences at a Dialogue Over Dinner event.

Lexi Malkin holding up eye card for patient My Experience with Orbis

My Experience with Orbis

This guest blog post was written by Assistant Professor Alexis G. Malkin, OD, FAAO. Dr. Malkin recently participated in the NECO-ORBIS Volunteer Program. Dr. Malkin traveled to Bangladesh with ORBIS to share her expertise in Low Vision.

Rotunda at NECO ‘Tis the Season to Be Studious

‘Tis the Season to Be Studious

Tis the season to get ready for final exams as the fall semester at NECO is winding down. The halls at NECO are decorated for the holidays and winter break is right around the corner. I have not begun studying just yet, but I have been keeping up with courses and all my notes and power points are…

computer, pizza, phone and paper Learning how to Learn: Differences between Undergrad and Optometry School

Learning how to Learn: Differences between Undergrad and Optometry School

Before I started optometry school, someone told me the material wouldn’t be harder than undergrad, there would just be a whole lot more of it: it’d be a fire hydrant of information that you would constantly have to absorb. That is definitely true, but there are still significant differences between…

Maria and three friends sitting at restaurant table smiling More to Explore as an OD 4

More to Explore as an OD 4

Graduation is quickly approaching, and I can’t believe that in 6 months my time in Boston will come to an end. Back when I was a fresh-faced undergraduate student researching different optometry schools across the USA, I was overwhelmed with the thought of having to make the life-changing decision…