We’ve been immersed in finals this past week and a half, and while I’ve definitely been studying, I’ve also been able to enjoy time with family and friends. My classmates and I have three final exams to complete by this week’s end, but we enjoyed a break after the first set of exams. With the American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting taking place last week in Phoenix, we had a week off from school during which we mixed studies with recreation. I returned home for a few days that included minimal studying and the celebration the Muslim holiday of Eid ul’Adha. That the holiday coincided with the irregular break was perfect timing, and I was keen on getting dressed in traditional garb for a day of celebration and significance. The holiday honors the faith of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and the importance of the pilgrimage. After holiday festivities, I slowly returned to studies and schoolwork.Read More
Before I arrived at ICO, I learned I would need to wear clinic-appropriate attire during orientation. Now that winter quarter is almost here and PAP—the Patient Advocacy Program, where students shadow in clinic—is approaching, I’ll be putting together outfits inspired by the suitable and stylish pieces in the collage below.
By the time you read this, I hopefully will have survived my third of six final exams, meaning that my first quarter here at ICO is almost over and I get to go home in less than two weeks (exciting!).
During these last two months I managed to survive 16 lecture exams, three lab quizzes, three lab practicals, and soon-to-be six finals. But academics aside, I still managed to have a quasi-normal life by going out for dinner on Saturdays, and having brunch and exploring with friends on Sundays. A few of us also saw the Silversun Pickups at the Aragon Ballroom in Uptown last month, and a couple weeks ago I got my groove on at Boo Bash.Read More
So from my post earlier this quarter, I’m sure I gave you guys the impression that second year started off pretty relaxed. Don’t get me wrong, I stand by what I wrote, but things have gotten really out of hand lately.
This is what I have going on for the last two weeks of classes before finals:
- two practical tests (optics and optometry)
- get tested for TB
- have TB results read on a separate day, but within two days of getting the test
- attend PAP (Patient Advocate Program) session—i.e., observing an actual eye exam
- do a class presentation worth about 25 percent of our grade
- three exams (ocular motility, optics, pharmacology)
- one final (pharmacology)
- meeting with the faculty advisor to plan NORA (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association) student group’s next event
- PCP (Patient Care Program) orientation to learn about the electronic medical record system
- 12 hours a week of workstudy
…and Boo Bash (our Halloween party) was right in between those two weeks. I wasn’t planning on going, but since I missed out last year, this was my attempt to have fun before finals. Can anyone recognize Danny as Oppa Gangnam Style? The DJ actually played his song, and the crowd went wild with the cheesy horse dance.
When we got through our first anatomy lab practical and the long nights it required, a few of my colleagues and I decided to treat ourselves to an evening out by dressing up and indulging in a fancy dinner. Azkar, Hanin, Reham and I visited Nellcôte, a trendy new restaurant with French cuisine, and the experience was nothing short of memorable.
It was a 15-minute drive from campus to the restaurant, and parking was easy. Nellcôte’s interior was awash with Parisian flair, with twinkling chandeliers and a white-on-white color palette. Humor ensued once we were seated and attempted to order some courses. We didn’t recognize many of the entrée components listed on the menu and we overlooked the concept of “small plates,” so the ordering process was drawn out. We soon decided on five different dishes—organic salmon, buffalo mozzarella pizza, chicken ravioli, basil pappardelle and wood-grilled chicken—and loved how each petite plate made a solo, somewhat theatrical appearance. Each dish was perfection from beginning to quick end. Eating at Nellcôte was a nice break from the everyday at ICO. While we were impressed by the refined combination of flavors—sautéed peaches with grilled chicken blended perfectly in Azkar’s opinion—we could have eaten lots more.Read More