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A Day on the Lake

A Day on the Lake

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Blogs | 0 comments

After spending hours upon hours hunched over your Anatomy notes, the different lobes of the brain begin to melt together, the cranial nerve pathways become jumbled, and you begin to lose hope that you will be sleeping more than a few hours later that night. A slight whimper of defeat escapes from you as you take yet another swig from your coffee cup.

That might have been a bit dramatic. But sometimes life as an optometry student can be overwhelming. When the going gets tough, you just need to escape and take a little time off for yourself–which is exactly what I did a couple of weekends ago!

I’m not sure if you have heard of it or not, but Chicago has this little thing called Lake Michigan. On days when the sun is shining and you have some time to sneak away from campus, the lake is definitely a prime spot to hit up. Especially because there’s a newly developed lakefront destination right by ICO–31st Street Beach and Harbor. It’s only a 15-minute walk from campus!

You have to believe me when I say that this place is incredible. This is the first year the harbor has been open since its construction, and it currently holds the title for being the greenest in the world. Additionally, the panoramic view of the city from the roof of the harbor is a must-see.

31st Street Harbor

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Small Town Girl becomes a City Girl

Small Town Girl becomes a City Girl

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Blogs | 3 comments

I will soon be moving from a town of 10,000 people to a metropolitan area of nearly 10,000,000 people. *gulp*

Let’s elaborate on this a bit more.

Chicago is ONE THOUSAND times bigger than my hometown, which after 22 years, I have become quite comfortable in. Now I will be moving to an unfamiliar city, living in close quarters with unfamiliar people. Once I mentioned to my dad that I was thinking about applying to ICO for optometry school, he looked like he had just seen a ghost. It was clear he wasn’t comfortable with me moving to a big city by myself. He even encouraged me to enroll in self-defense classes. Nonetheless, it is time to expand my horizons and step outside my comfort zone. Here is a short list of things I have done in order to make myself (and my parents) more comfortable with the move:

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