10 Tips for Tackling Optometry School (Part 2)

September 8, 2022

Our previous blog post, written by our former intern Michelle Vaca (OD1) includes 10 tips for tackling optometry school that she received from upperclassmen optometry students. Michelle focused on sharing tips about academics in Part 1, and Part 2 includes remainders for student’s overall well-being.

Take a look below:

  • Stay positive, stay focused
    During optometry school, you will have days where you fail a test, miss a skill, and overall will feel like a failure; but don’t give up! Always remember your purpose and why you chose optometry school. If you stay motivated, little hiccups won’t hurt your self-esteem.
  • Classmates are colleagues, not competition
    At first, optometry school may seem like a competition, but you have to realize it is not. Rather, your classmates will later be colleagues that you will rely on for advice. Practice that in optometry school, study with them, hang out with them. You will realize optometry school is more enjoyable when you work with your classmates instead of against them.
  • Get involved in extra-curricular activities
    There is a plethora of clubs and organizations that optometry schools have for its students, get out there and get involved! Plus, it is common that students make friends during these extra-curriculars. Not only is it a resume booster, but you get some friends along the way the way!
  • Do at least one self-care ritual everyday
    It is so important to take care of yourself during optometry school. Whether it be taking some time to cook your favorite meal or watch a TV show, separate thirty minutes to an hour in your schedule for self-care time every day. You’re going to be more productive when you have some time to relax!
  • Know your worth
    You worked so hard to get here, and don’t forget that! You were accepted into optometry school for a reason, know your worth. These four years are going to go by so fast, so make the most of it!