Nazanin Khadem

My name is Nazanin Khadem and I am a member of the class of 2014 at RSO. I am from Woodstock, Georgia and I attended Kennesaw State University in Georgia, where I received a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology.

I participated in an internship at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia during my junior year in college.  Although, I was a biotechnology major and worked on a microbiology research and truly enjoyed it, I know I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in a lab doing research.

My interest in Optometry began very early on when I was five years old and I realized that without glasses world is not that pretty. When I was in high school I had an opportunity to talk to an optometrist and ask him about the profession. It was then that I realized that optometry is more than just a vision check.  An eye exam can reveal signs of a more serious complication that has gone undetected and if caught early it can save lives.

I came across RSO while I was searching for Optometry schools and after talking to the admission recruiter at RSO I found it to be an ideal school for me. Soon after the interview I found out that I was accepted. It was very exciting to be part of a school with new and advance equipment and some of the most knowledgeable faculty.

At RSO I get to be involved with many student organizations, and give back to the community.

Because I lived so close to a big city like Atlanta, I wanted to live somewhere that felt like home away from home. I love that San Antonio is a big city with a small town feel.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to be at RSO and look forward to a better life and career, because of my time at this university.

Linh Phan

My name is Linh Phan, and I am part of the Class of 2014 at the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry.  As a Student Ambassador, I help represent the school and assist with student recruitment, admissions, and public relations functions.  I have participated in photo and video shoots, served on student panels, and helped with greeting and tour guides during admission interviews and open houses.  This is a very rewarding and fun role as I am able to interact with individuals who are interested in optometry and help them decide if UIWRSO would be a great fit for them.

I grew up in Anahuac, Texas, and I attended The University of Texas at Austin.  Hook ‘em Horns!  I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology and also completed the Business Foundations Program.  My interest in optometry began after I built an eye model for a fourth grade science project.

I decided to apply to UIWRSO because of its location, and I choose to attend UIWRSO because of its welcoming and friendly staff, knowledgeable faculty, new and advanced equipment and resources, and extensive curriculum, among many other things.  I know that the novelty of the school is a significant and decisive factor for many individuals, but I view it as a unique opportunity to be a part of the school’s history and to help build a strong foundation for one of the leading optometry schools in the nation.

My favorite thing about San Antonio is definitely its basketball team.  Go Spurs Go!  San Antonio also has many restaurants that have been featured on various shows on the Food Network and the Travel Channel, and it’s always fun to visit any of these restaurants.  Another great thing about San Antonio is that it is only about an hour away from Austin, a city with great food, shopping, nightlife, and a myriad of activities to do.

Overall, I am extremely happy with my decision to attend UIWRSO.  There have been countless opportunities for leadership roles and community involvement, and I know that I am receiving a comprehensive education and extensive clinical training to be a great future optometrist.  I am proud to soon be a UIWRSO alumnus.