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College student reps know what life is like for an optometry undergraduate and have plenty of advice, tips and opinions to share.

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2017 blogs

The things I wish I’d known when I first started optometry

Optometry at City University is a fantastic and interesting course, which requires hard work, commitment and dedication. The first few weeks of most courses are tough and optometry is no exception.

Independent vs multiple

Independent and multiple practices are like night and day and I have been lucky enough to have experience in both. I began working as an optical assistant in a small independent with only one optometrist, who was also the owner of the practice, before moving to a multiple a year later.

Why you should join OpSoc and other societies

At Cardiff University there are numerous societies that help to pursue your interests. There is a huge range, both sports based and non-sports based, ranging from your classic university rugby club to the baking society!

How my experience working at Boots has helped me at university

I started working at Boots Opticians in December 2010 as an Optical Consultant, and if I hadn’t I probably wouldn’t be at Ulster University studying optometry!

Why it's important to be involved in activities outside of optometry

To completely understand the industry I aspired to go into, I felt it was important to research and experience every aspect of it as much as I could, to truly know if this is the right career path for me.

How peer mentoring has helped me and how I give back

Entering into any university program can be a daunting change for any student, but with optometry being such an intense and fully-loaded program, many students can find it overwhelming.

How the experience of a part-time job will help you in your future career as an optometrist

Having a part-time job while studying optometry can be challenging but with this challenge comes many rewards as it can provide a healthy platform for your career. Firstly, it allows you to grow confidence in interacting with the general public while providing means of a service.

How my experience in a hospital led me into optometry

I must admit, optometry was not my first choice of career option and neither was a subject that had crossed my mind. My first choice and dream was to study medicine as I have always been a science enthusiast!

How to balance university work and extracurricular activities

Finding a balance between studying and extra-curricular activities during term time can prove to be a challenge. As much as you try to stay on top of your work, it seems that there is always something else that needs to be done which takes priority...

Challenges I have faced this year

Ever since becoming an optom student at GCU (where the course is four years long), everyone has always said ‘third year is the hardest year of your life!’ and up until now I have always wondered why.

How has my experience in practice helped me in my degree?

My experience in optics began when I was sixteen. I was simply looking for a Saturday job in my local town, I had no idea it would influence my future career so significantly.

Second year so far...

Second year so far has been busy! When I started I quickly realised that the year was going to be demanding. Practical exams, coursework and written class tests were going to keep the whole class occupied throughout the year. It is definitely a step up from first year but it is also a rewarding one.

My practice experience so far, what I've enjoyed and what's been challenging

Working in an independent practice is enlightening and inspiring since it not only allows you to meet and communicate with a wide range of people, but also allows you to gain a personal rapport with them.

Some things I wish I’d known...

My optometry experience so far has been extremely rewarding; the course is highly insightful and offers a practical approach to learning. I applied for the course knowing the importance of the role of an optometrist and hence, I understood that my university experience would be by no means easy.


2016 blogs

How to balance studying and extra-curricular activities

The key to getting the most out of your time at university, succeeding in your studies and having an enjoyable few years I think, is to find the right balance between your studies and extra-curricular activities.

My experience in the (VERU) Glaucoma Clinics

Upon beginning my second year of university, I was given an excellent opportunity to work in the glaucoma clinics at the Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) at Anglia Ruskin University.

My top tips for revision

Everyone needs a little help with their revision. Here are some top tips to ease the pain and increase your chances of success.

The balancing act

Employers are looking for a well rounded CV - here are some tips on how to make sure that yours stands out from the crowd.