San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

The rodeo is in town!

This year is the 65th annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.  It takes place every year around February and lasts for several weeks.  I went this past weekend with a few friends, and it was a lot of fun.

First, we visited the livestock barns to check out the pigs and cattle.  Then we attended a live auction of horses.  A few horses were auctioned off for around $3,000 while one horse was auctioned off for $20,000!  It was amazing to hear the bids go from $1,000 to $20,000 and amusing to watch the reaction of the crowd when the highest bidder won.

Of course, we also ate the rodeo food.  We shared and indulged in barbecue nachos, a pulled pork sandwich, a brisket sandwich, and fried pickles.  Everything was delicious!

The rodeo was very entertaining.  It lasted for two hours and consisted of many different events, including bareback riding, steer wrestling, mutton bustin’, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf scramble, tie down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

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After the rodeo ended, there was a short intermission, and then the concert began.  The entertainer that night was Josh Turner.  It was a great show, and he performed many of his hits and even a new song from the album he is currently working on.

The rodeo has many more attractions and activities, including rides, marketplaces, live music, etc., and the long list of popular entertainers is a great excuse to go to the rodeo more than once.

RSO COVD First Officer Meeting

Bombay HallWe decided to meet at Bombay Hall for their AYCE Lunch buffet because it’s right next to our campus! I, myself, LOVE Indian food, because the flavors are just so rich! I also don’t eat a lot of meat, so I like how they separate the meats from the veggies section. Some of the officers have never tried Indian food, so they were in for a treat!

I was the president-elect my first year at RSO and now that summer has rolled in; I’m the new president of COVD at RSO. So what is COVD? The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is a non-profit, international membership association of eye care professionals including optometrists, optometry students, and vision therapists. Established in 1971, COVD provides board certification for eye doctors and vision therapists who are prepared to offer state-of-the-art services in behavioral and developmental vision care, vision therapy, and visual rehabilitation.

covdlogoThe national chapter also provides our club with amazing guest speakers and information! I have many hopes and goals to spread the mission of COVD in conjunction with our school’s mission: “Improving lives by advancing excellence in optometric vision therapy through education and board certification!”

It’s been a while since I last saw my fellow officers from COVD RSO.  After spring finals were over the new second years get to go home for break, while the new third years prepare to go on to clinic. Our officers consist of second and third year interns and it was so exciting to hear about everyone’s experiences.

Every RSO member of COVD joined the club for their own reasons. When I was an undergrad I interned at a vision therapy (VT) practice, however, I spent more time shadowing the doctor when she was not doing VT. I have never gone through vision therapy myself, so I saw VT as something for kids or just something an optometrist can “specialize” in – I couldn’t have been more wrong!

This looks so good!!! :p
This looks so good!!! :p

The meeting with the COVD officers had shattered all previous notions I had of VT and COVD. Desirae Brinkley, the president elect, shared amazing stories of life changing experiences with her patients and how her optometrist flew with her to the COVD Annual Meetings where she got to network with some COVD celebs! Sam Bohl, our Secretary/Treasurer did not know she had ZERO 3D vision until she saw an optometrist.

Joseph Allen, our VP, brought in a research article about traumatic brain injury and wanted to share it with all our members–because COVD isn’t just about the clinical practice but needs active research to support it.

It was like a bubbling pot of ideas from such bright minds! We are looking forward to our future plans which include hosting a golf tournament, inviting optometrists to talk about VT in their practice, and having a Skype meeting with  Susan R. Barry, the author of Fixing my Gaze.

We ended our meeting by setting deadlines and dates for our events. It’s going to be an amazing year! We are just one club on campus, but I plan to make the best of our local chapter. Our officers are motivated and dedicated! I can’t wait to show San Antonio what we have in store! XD

 

-Susan Ly
UIWRSO Class of 2016

 

 

 

 

Student Affairs: From Canada To Texas

My name is Gauri Mehta and I am part of the Class of 2014 at UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry.

I am an International Student from Alberta, Canada. Post admission, I was a little nervous about such a long distance move to Texas, but the excellent staff in the Student Affairs office made the transition super easy.

They provided expert guidance at every step of the way. I had many questions regarding Financial Aid, International documentation, housing, expenses, etc. and I got all the help I needed and more. The staff went out of the way to answer questions, were quick to reply to emails and phone calls, which made the process so easy.

Looking back, I remember I had to call or email every other day regarding International documentation and Financial Aid, as these were the two most important and labor intensive processes to complete, because I had to coordinate documents from different organizations.

The knowledgeable staff at the student affairs office went out of their ways to ease the transition with all aspects of the process. I understand that this process could get a little daunting and I would advice every prospective student to take full advantage of this wonderful team and let them guide you along the way.