Today I received my KMK review materials for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, which is coming up in a few months. I’m very nervous but thankfully our school has it all planed out for us. We have already started review classes. To start things off, we broke the preparation down in phases which will take place in the following order:
Phase 1: Content Review
OK let’s get started!! This phase is comprised of review sessions on each major topic area to provide us with an outline of what we should study. This will help us to see the big picture and know what is most important in the subject. This will run every Friday afternoon during the month of September
Phase 2: Trivial Pursuits
..or as I like to call it the fun phase! We will have a series of Optometry Trivial Pursuit style challenges during October and November. This is a good time to evaluate our knowledge and know what our weaknesses are so we can tackle those problem areas before January!!!
Phase 3: Q&A
Alright… you better know it all by now! In January and February there will be a series of Q&A review sessions on Friday afternoons. These are designed so if we have any questions after studying for the past few months and maybe have questions to fill in the gaps.
Also, we will have two KMK review sessions during two separate weekends. All of these should help us get organized. So with good planning and productive studying I think we can all succeed … Right class of 2014???
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.