I applied during my senior year in Undergrad, so it was a rollercoaster ride since I had other things keeping me busy like classes and work. I thought I was going to get everything done for OPTOMCAS for the early admissions but by the time I submitted everything I was almost considered a late applicant! MORAL OF THE STORY: do everything earlier than you think!!!
- PERSONAL STATEMENT: Get friends to proof read your personal statement. I sent my optometry personal statement out to 5 close friends, 3 faculty/professors, and I only got a response from 1 faculty/staff and 1 friend. The others just said : LOOKS NICE! Honestly, I don’t think they read it! The friends who took time to respond typed out a whole page of errors and suggestions!!! It really revamped my personal statement!
- On a side note, after you get into a school, expect to have friends send you their personal statement! I really enjoy helping them out and taking the time to give them critical suggestions, but ultimately it’s up to the writer to pick and choose what they want in their statement!
- TIPS: no laundry list of all the stuff you did. Mold it into a story; pick and choose from a few experiences that made you pick optometry. The OPTOMCAS application already has a section for you to post all-things-optometry so use the personal statement to show them your heart <3.
- OAT – Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
- You get your score right after you take your test at a testing center. There will be no surprises, but there will be waiting time until the score finalizes and you put that into the OPTOMCAS application.
- Letters of Recommendation (LOR) – wow the professors and doctors you asked are probably really busy – do it ASAP. Also I asked people that I come in contact with, so that I can see what’s the progress on my LOR. Also just because they wrote it, it doesn’t mean they will remember to submit or confirm it on OPTOMCAS! If they are bad with their emails, they may not log in and hit “confirm LOR” until a week later!!!!
- The eye doctor I shadowed for over a year took 15 days
- The professor I asked that also worked in my undergrad lab: 27 days
- A faculty who was the club advisor to my extracurricular activities: 1 month and 4 days!!
I hope these tips come in handy! Best wishes applying!!!!