Nina Ballew

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Howdy, y’all! I was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. I went to college 15 minutes away from home at Texas Tech University. I graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering. During my undergraduate studies, I loved classes that involved human interactions.

Optometry was not in the original plans, but I am so glad it found its way to me. I worked for a medical device company for 3 years after graduating from college and I wanted to be closer to patients. I learned more about optometry through shadowing; it was the perfect mix of sciences.

I completed the remainder of my prerequisites at Angelo State University. I picked ICO because it ranked the highest on what I wanted in a school. I’m excited to be able to share my experiences of ICO and Chicago through this Texas girl’s eyes!

Outside of school and optometry, I’m always up to catch a concert and check artists off my bucket list. I enjoy running, biking, working out, and have found a new love for fitness.

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