As a non-traditional student, here is my status for 2018 cycle.

JTS

2+ Year Member
Nov 8, 2016
87
20
Status
Optometry Student
Graduated in 2012 w/ Zoology degree
3.00 GPA / 2.95 Science degree

*Started my shadowing with optometrist

Took OAT after few Post-Bac courses in 2013:
260 AA
280 SA

Due to family circumstances, had to pause my optometry dream and started work in IT. (2013)

Quit my job in 12/31/2016 and started studying for OAT in 2017.
*Resumed my shadowing with same optometrist.
Studied 4 months straight and took OAT on 4/13/2017.
330 AA
330 SA

Took 2 summer courses through 5/2017 ~ 8/2017.

Submitted OptomCas on 08/16.
Verified on 08/18.

Applied schools (9):
SCCO
Western
MCPHS
ICO
Midwestern (chicago)
Pacific
Salus
NOVA
Missouri

Completed all the supplemental applications as soon as I received emails from the schools.

Interview invitations so far (as of 9/11/2017): 5.
SCCO
NOVA
ICO
Midwestern
Pacific

Guys, I really thought I had really small chance to even compete with other students when I was just browsing this website. But so far I got 5 interviews! I gave up my reliable-high paying career for optometry because it was my dream and I thought I would regret if I don't even try. I am very nervous and excited for the upcoming interviews. I want to say don't give up! :D
 
Aug 10, 2017
15
9
Los Angeles, California
Status
Pre-Optometry
Awesome work! Good luck! We're all rooting for you!!

P.S. GPA wise I am in the same boat (just graduated so I will be taking a gap year(s)). Noticed your school list is very similar to mine. Let me know how it goes!
 

monica__t_

2+ Year Member
Jul 30, 2016
64
19
Status
Pre-Optometry
congrats! that's awesome, the only school you applied to that i also interviewed at was nova but if you have questions i'd be happy to help
 
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