Category : Optometry School

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It’s nearing 2AM here after a typical weekend and I’m very sleepy/tired, but I’ve accomplished almost nothing on my actual agenda. Somehow, however, I’ve managed to clean up my blog for who knows how many hours (which is cool because Fadedout really needed some attention…but what an ill time for that).

Some things never change – I’ve been a heavy procrastinator ever since those elementary school days. I’ve tried a lot of things and they worked really well – for a certain amount of time. When I get burnt out, I slip back into old habits. Cut me some slack, man, this is my 19th year of school! That sounds ridiculous when I actually quantify how long I’ve been in school…

I have one more tough week of school before I get two beautiful weeks of winter vacation. I tried letting that be the motivation to pull myself through and do what needed to be done, but alas…I failed this weekend. I feel absolutely unmotivated and I also feel like a tied up sack of poop. The #1 task at hand is to be prepared for my pharmacology exam on early Tuesday morning, but the topic is so uninteresting to me and getting started was my enemy this weekend.

What are your tried & true techniques to get through the devilish temptation of procrastination?

Summer vacation has been over for me for at least 2 months, but after all of the sleep deprivation, stress, and tiredness so far, summer actually felt like a year ago, haha. I enjoyed my summer thoroughly. Besides working 25-30 hours a week with the best coworkers and doctors I could ever ask for, I had so much fun doing other stuff!
  • Random dates with Mart at: Bruxie, Urban Seoul,┬áRa Sushi for my half birthday, and Maru Sushi
  • All-you-can-eat sushi with some of my classmates to celebrate the end of many continuous weeks of exams
  • A lovely get-together with Thuy, Lindy, and James starting off with a BBQ at James’ house, going to the strawberry festival, and Long Beach for some awesome food at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
  • Cleaned out my room & bought a microfiber couch
  • Afters Ice Cream with Ricky and Mart
  • Dyed my hair blonde & brown ombre
  • Visited Dr. Cho’s office and got to catch up with Jessica
  • Julie’s Bday dinner at Burntzilla and Afters Ice Cream with Julie, Henry, Danny, Ricky, and Mart
  • OC Night Market with Ricky, Danny, Julie, and Mart
  • Dinner at Tang 190 and dollar theater movie with Madonna
  • Fancy dinner at Anepalco’s Cafe with Phoenix, Krista, Jasmine, Thien Anh, Quan, and Mart
  • Beach day and Seaside Bakery at Newport Beach
  • LA Trip (Little Tokyo, American Apparel warehouse)
  • Clubbing at Sutra and Denny’s afterwards with Robyn and Mart
  • Cooking Date with Julie, Ricky, Robyn, Henry, and Mart
  • San Francisco trip with Kelvin, Tuong, Toan, Mickey, Eleanor, and Mart
  • Hike at Quail Hill
  • July 4th with Lucille’s for dinner and fireworks at the park
  • Sushi date with Mom
  • Dollar Theater date
  • Clubbing at Yost Theater
  • Samurai Burrito with Madonna
  • DonerG free media tasting event
  • Las Vegas trip with Robyn, Ricky, Julie, and Mart
  • Ret & refraction practice and Lunch with coworkers Jasmine, Darlene, and Tina at Yushoken
  • Beach day at Crystal Cove and Ruby’s 93rd anniversary (burger and fries for $1.93)
  • Swap Meet
  • Dinner with brother and cousins (Thai food)
  • Afters Ice Cream with Madonna
  • National Cheesecake Day
  • Hangout with Kelvin, Tuong, Toan, and Mart at Fusion Bites, Roasting Water, and Yost Theater
  • All-you-can-eat sushi at Monster Sushi with coworkers Kelly, Darlene, and Debbie
  • Hiking with Mom at Crystal Cove State Park and lunch at La Petite Sourie
  • Trip to New York with Mart for 1 week
  • Bonfire with Ricky, Julie, Henry, and Mart

It was a great 3 months. One of the best (if not the absolute best) summers I’ve ever had. Just finished my skills final proficiency. Just six written finals left to go until the fall quarter is over and we begin winter quarter of my 2nd year in optometry school.

It turns out I did really well on my skills final (the one that I was worried about)! No retake for me! Whoo!

I did terribly on some of my exams in one class, Neurophysiology, however. -.- I’m trying to study “early” rather than even more last minute than usual, so that I can have time to study more for neuro. My current dilemma is that I want to do really well in all of my other classes (I’m borderline doing really well in all of them except for neuro…), but I also don’t want to fail neuro. The smartest thing to do would be to compromise and not strive for A’s in my other classes so that I can just focus on neuro. I’ve never really had to do that before and it’s completely against my nature. T_T We will see. It’s kind of motivating me to use every hour of my precious time so that I don’t have to go down that route, but I might have to bite the bullet and just do it later as my neuro exam gets closer.

I have Clinical Methods on Mon, Medicine on Tues, Ophthalmic optics on Wed, and Neurophysiology on Thursday. And then it’s freedommmmmm!!!!!!!!! So close yet so far! I can do this (hopefully!)!!! Time to down that coffee!!

Also, I bought a desk chair for $5 from an upperclassman who is moving away for rotations lol. I’m so glad I did! My old chair got super flat and lost all it’s cushion so my butt always hurts when I study. Haha. Now my butt is happy and my back has more support! *thumbsup*

I’ve got all-you-can-eat sushi lined up for lunch after my last final ;)

I’ve been absolutely terrible at updating. At one point I did think to myself, maybe I should just continue to make little updates about what is on my mind, even if it’s about optometry school 95% of the time. I could try explaining the new skills I learn and the struggles I have… And then I never did, lol. Constantly being busy and stressed didn’t give me the chance to entertain the thought very much!

I’m in the beginning of week 2 of “the madness” and there are pretty much 3 weeks total. Those 3 weeks consist of 4 proficiencies and 7 final exams. Proficiencies are basically exams that test your actual skills learned and you have to show you are proficient. The final exams are written exams based off of lecture. I’ve finished all of my proficiencies now; I am waiting on the results for a few of them and will see if I have to retake one of the big ones in particular next week. I also got through one written exam, so that means 6 left to go!

Yesterday I took a proficiency on how to take a case history and on my communication skills. I basically had to sit in front of a “patient” (a staff doctor who is grading you is your patient) and remember to hit a series of certain questions in a logical manner while recording them on paper, and while maintaining all communication skills. Those communication skills include sitting parallel shoulders, inclined posture toward the patient, avoiding awkwardness, constant eye contact, congruent facial expressions, having a “3.0” response to distressed statements (must address what they are feeling and why they are feeling that way), asking multiple questions and listening/remembering with eye contact and only breaking eye contact once in a while between to record data, asking and responding in a non-judgmental way, avoiding any medical jargon, etc. So much more is involved than you would imagine!

You would think asking questions before beginning an eye exam is simple enough, but who knew your doctors had to learn the proper skills and techniques in doing that. It’s not as easy as it looks. And asking these questions are actually extremely important in giving a doctor the “entire picture” to evaluate the person’s eye and bodily health as a whole, including providing predicting factors for certain conditions. I was recorded on camera during my proficiency, so after I was finished they replayed back the video to me and gave me feedback, which was really helpful. I ended up doing really well! :) Although I did well and got a 39/40, the staff doctor gave me great tips for improvement…super beneficial in improving my clinical skills.

And now back to studying for my final exams…