Week one? Check!

Good news y’all!  I survived week one of optometry school 🙂

Overall, the last few days have been uneventful, largely as a result of finally establishing some form of a schedule.  Nevertheless, here’s a list of some of the highlights of the past week.
Welcome Dinner
On Wednesday evening, all of the first years had the priviledge of joining our professors and other high ranking individuals in the field of optometry for a formal dinner at the Faculty Club.  It was a blast – the professors were in charge of introducing all individuals at their respective tables, and so some went to great lengths to find out interesting information about each person.   My personal highlight of the evening? The formal dress and free food!
Ugly Tuna
Thursday night, I found myself in the company of over 100 other 1st-4th year optometry students at a local bar, the Ugly Tuna Saloona, for the annual AOSA welcome party.  Though I was excited by the prospect of going out, I (as normal) quickly became disillusioned with the situation.  My social quota had been entirely exhausted hours before arriving at the Ugly Tuna, and so I spent most of the evening pretending to have fun, and wishing to go home.  Highlight of the night?  Spending time (aka dancing) with my big and her best friend
Let’s be honest, the best part of any welcome week is the free food.  On Friday, another meal was hosted at the Faculty Club.  This time, all professional/graduate students were invited in for a picnic with food on ALL THREE FLOORS.  It was great. Highlights? Tring sushi for the first time (it wasn’t half bad for being raw fish wrapped in seaweed…) and eating way too many cookies
Community Commitment
So, for those of you that don’t know, I love volunteer.  After my first real volunteer experience in undergrad, I was hooked – I love having the opportunity to meet new people and spend time getting to know them while helping others!  Anyway, when I discovered that a campus wide service day was being held on Saturday, I couldn’t wait to become involved. So, Saturday morning, I joined over 1000 other students from the university at the Student Union, as part of Pay It Forward’s Community Commitment Day.  From the union, we were sent out to 50 different locations all around the city.  I personally joined 19 health science scholars at the Habitat for Humanity Restore (think of Goodwill for appliances and furniture).  There we helped to unload materials, price items, and then put the products on the floor.  My highlight?  Organizing furniture on the floor into cute sets with 5 other girls.
One of the hardest parts of moving to a new place can be finding a new church.  Thankfully, after just one week of being at school, I think I have found my home: H2O.  I can’t wait to become a part of this vibrant community and grow in my spiritual walk!
Well, it’s late and morning comes early.
Stay tuned for more!

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