Small Town Girl becomes a City Girl

Windy City

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:

1. I took some time to research and read up on how the CTA works.

2. I’m planning a visit sometime in July to explore and get a better feel for the lay of the land.

3. I made friends with some fellow classmates via social media.

4. I’ve memorized the address of ICO and the RC.

5. I’ve created a safety net of distant relatives and friends.

6. I’ve contacted orientation leaders, faculty and staff with questions.

Naturally, I’m preparing for my big move to ICO by perusing pictures of small animals wearing glasses, searching for some optometry related dorm room décor (I recommend Etsy), and brushing up on my optometry terminology by periodically flipping through the flashcards provided by one of my phone applications. I’m excited for the diverse array of opportunities the city will offer. I feel nervous and humbled. I still haven’t quite wrapped my mind around it and probably won’t until I move my very last box of school necessities into the RC.

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3 Responses to “Small Town Girl becomes a City Girl”

  1. Christina

    Glad to know I’m not the only one looking up pictures of small animals wearing glasses as preparation for ICO in the fall! I look forward to meeting you in August 🙂

  2. Sharon Uher

    Welcome to ICO. It sounds like you are ready and well prepared to start your new adventure. It is a smart move to live in the RC. You will make many good friends and learn about Chicago together. Best of luck!
    Sharon Uher

  3. Dr. Colip

    All very normal. I moved to ICO/Chicago from an even smaller town…25 years ago and I still love Chicago and made it my home and raised a family here. The great part is you will be surrounded by many folks in your same shoes and you will experience it all and learn and grow together. It’s all part of the ICO experience and it is one of a kind. I look forward to welcoming you to ICO/Chicago!
    Dr. Colip

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