School Lately…

Us at Kona Grill
At Kona Grill. From left to right: Nandi (Anjli Jasrotia’s little sister from Dallas); Riddhi Desai, ’16; Me (Neda Esmaeili) ’15; Diana Truong, ’15; Anjli Jasrotia, ’15.

A couple of weeks ago, a few of my classmates and I went to a nearby restaurant called Kona Grill. It is located in this really nice outdoor shopping mall called La Cantera. They have a happy hour menu that includes yummy appetizers and dishes for amazing prices–perfect for a student budget!

This year, UIWRSO started this program called Big Sib’ Lil Sib’ which arranges us with first year students so we can help them out with questions and someone who is familiar with the school and the city.

I decided to invite my Lil Sib Riddhi Desai out with us so I could get to know her better and help her bond with some other people at our school. It turned out to be lots of fun. I always love an intimate gathering with great food…not to mention the great shopping!

So exciting!

Recently, I got to dilate a classmates eye and of course, the same was done to me. It is really cool how much better we can see the back of the eye with a slit lamp biomicroscope when the pupils are enlarged. This is how my eye looks when only one eye is dilated:


o_O. Literally.
o_O. Literally.


Another really cool thing we did today was help out at a vision screening. Vision screenings are mandatory as second years here at UIWRSO. It prepares us for dealing with real-life patients and is a precursor to working in the clinic as an intern.

We were at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School and we screened 8th graders. They are super adorable by the way! I was excited to put a few of the skills I have learned in lab to good use and help out.


At this weeks vision screening. Left to right: Neha Jhawar, '15; Samantha Giang, 15'.
At this weeks vision screening. Left to right: Neha Jhawar, ’15; Samantha Giang, 15′.


The vision screening.
The vision screening.


Neda Esmaeili
Class of 2015

Neda Esmaeili

Neda Esmaeili
Neda Esmaeili

Hi! My name is Neda Esmaeili and I am a student in the class of 2015 at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry.

I graduated from the University of Houston with a BBA in business management and a minor in biology. I have known I wanted to be an optometrist since I was in middle school and my sister had a severe traumatic injury to her eye that almost left her blind! She is perfectly fine now but seeing how optometry saved her vision really affected my career choice.

However, at the beginning of my college education, I realized science was just not my thing and I became skeptical of the career path I was heading towards. Some time and soul searching later, I decided to stick with my original decision.

Not only was optometry something I wanted since I was young, it was also going to provide me with the lifestyle I had always imagined. More importantly, I am gaining the personal fulfillment of helping others and servicing my community. It honestly can’t get any better than that!

I chose UIWRSO for many reasons. In San Antonio I am far enough away from home to not be distracted by my friends and family in Houston, Texas but close enough to hop in the car and visit them when my schedule permits. I love the fact that our class size is small and we can all get to know our fellow classmates and people of other classes fairly well.

My undergrad was at a huge university and every little administrative process took forever which was really annoying and frustrating. At UIWRSO, everything is done in a quick and swift manner, which is a relief.

Also, being currently the only faith-based optometry school in the U.S. gave me a sense of security. It assured me that I would be surrounded by warm and inviting people who are in this profession as honest people for an honest living.  And so here I am to portray to you, through my eyes, the world that is UIWRSO and the family we have created! I hope you enjoy it :).