Class of 2019 Acceptance Thread

Discussion in 'Pre-Optometry' started by Salmon, 09.29.14.

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  1. Salmon

    Salmon 2+ Year Member

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    I figure now is as good a time as any to start this thread since a few people have been interviewed and accepted to schools already. Same template as before:

    Date OptomCAS was mailed:
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name):
    Date Interview Scheduled:
    Accepted (indicate school attending):
    Bachelor's Degree:
    OAT (AA, TS):
    GPA(Overall, Science):

    Extracurriculars:
     
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  3. ac81630

    ac81630

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    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed/verified: 8/07/14
    Interview Invitation Extended: 8/27/14 (PCO)
    Date Interview Scheduled: 9/10/14
    Accepted: 9/23/14 :soexcited:
    Bachelor's Degree: Psychology, biology minor
    OAT: 310 AA, 300 TS
    GPA: 3.5, 3.4 science

    Extracurriculars: shadowed 2 optometrists for about 30 hours, worked for one of them for 100+ hours, president of pre-optometry club, pre-professional health honors society.

    Best of luck to everyone applying/interviewing!
     
  4. pawsandpotatoes

    pawsandpotatoes 2+ Year Member

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    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 07/14/14 Verified on 08/06/14
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): IUSO 08/25/14, ICO 09/08/14
    Date Interview Scheduled: IUSO 09/12/14, ICO 09/25/14 (Cancelled)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): IUSO
    Bachelor's Degree: Kinesiology
    OAT (AA, TS): 310, 300
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.5, 3.3

    Extracurriculars: I have worked as a Certified Paraoptometric for 4 years and also teach ballet a few times a week. Shadowed 4 optometrists for about 40 hours. President of pre-optometry club. Volunteered with the Salvation Army Clinic, Lions Club, and Special Olympics.
     
  5. Juliaekoorb

    Juliaekoorb

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    Location:
    Georgia
    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/16/2014 Verified on 8/21/2014
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UAB 8/26/2014, SCO 9/2/2014
    Date Interview Scheduled: UAB 9/26/2014, SCO 9/19/2014
    Accepted (indicate school attending): UAB, SCO (attending!)
    Bachelor's Degree: Pre-Professional Biology
    OAT (AA, TS): 330, 330
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.54, 3.49

    Extracurriculars: Shadowed 4 different optometrist practices for about 40 hours. Member of professional sorority (treasurer for one year), STEM club, FFA (parliamentarian for one year), founding member of Tri-Beta biological honor society, tutored math and science, many many volunteer hours, undergrad research internship during a summer, worked in research setting at a graduate school for 2 years.
     
    Last edited: 10.28.14
  6. ajm.

    ajm.

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    Status:
    Pre-Optometry, Optometry Student, Optometrist
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/12
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UAB, SCO, PCO
    Date Interview Scheduled: UAB 9/13, SCO 9/15, PCO 9/26 (cancelled)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): UAB & SCO (can't decide :/ )
    Bachelor's Degree: Major-Biology. Minors- Chem & Math
    OAT (AA, TS): 360, 360
    GPA(Overall, Science): 4.0, 4.0

    Extracurriculars: Executive Board of my sorority for 2 years, Secretary of the American Medical Student Association, Biology Club, Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society, Autism U Club, about 250 hour internship with an optometric practice and shadowing at many offices.
    Volunteer work at a National Autism Conference for about 10 years and the Special Olympics Vision Tent.
     
    Last edited: 10.01.14
  7. Salmon

    Salmon 2+ Year Member

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    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/14
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): WesternU, PUCO
    Date Interview Scheduled: PUCO 9/19, WesternU 9/26
    Accepted (indicate school attending): WesternU, PUCO (Attending)
    Bachelor's Degree: Microbiology w/ Chemistry Minor
    OAT (AA, TS): 370, 390
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.6, 3.6

    Extracurriculars: Optometry Club & various other clubs, volunteered at 8 vision screenings, organized 1 vision screening, other volunteer stuff... 40 hours of shadowing/interning. I worked as a group tutor for 2 years and I also worked in the chemistry stockroom at my school.
     
  8. sp4175

    sp4175

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    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 7/22
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SCO, Nova, UAB, Arizona, Incarnate, IUSO
    Date Interview Scheduled: 9/15 SCO 9/19 Nova
    Accepted (indicate school attending): SCO and Nova, can't decide between the two
    Bachelor's Degree: Biology w/ Anthropology Minor
    OAT (AA, TS): 360, 360
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.56, 3.3

    Extracurriculars: 150 hours shadowing and volunteering at 3 different optometry practices, VA Eye Clinic Internship, Indian Student Association, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Freshmen Leadership Experience, volunteered in various departments at a hospital for 2 years, volunteered and tutored pre-k students
     
  9. mblum

    mblum

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    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: early August
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): OSU, IUSO, ICO, MCO, PCO, SCCO, NECO
    Date Interview Scheduled: IUSO (9/12), PCO (9/19), OSU (9/26), declined/cancelled others
    Accepted (indicate school attending): IUSO, PCO, OSU (most likely attending OSU)
    Bachelor's Degree: Life Sciences
    OAT (AA, TS): 370, 380
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.3, 3.1

    Extracurriculars: optometric service trip, shadowed three doctors, student government, leader/initiator of student STEM group on campus, intramural sports, among others
     
  10. eham2218

    eham2218

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    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/24/14
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): PCO, SCO, NOVA, IUSO, UMSL
    Date Interview Scheduled: PCO (9/16), SCO (9/26), NOVA (10/24 cancelled), UMSL (11/3 cancelled), IUSO (11/7 cancelled)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): PCO, SCO (will be attending!)
    Bachelor's Degree: Biochemistry
    OAT (AA, TS): 320, 330
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.83, 3.78

    Extracurriculars: dietary clerk at a hospital 25+ hrs/wk, photography business, shadowed two optometrists 80+ hours
     
    Last edited: 10.21.14
  11. rachmind

    rachmind

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    Location:
    New York
    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/18
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SUNY 8/20 PCO 8/22
    Date Interview Scheduled: SUNY 9/22 PCO 10/15 (cancelled)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): SUNY
    Bachelor's Degree: BS Psychology from Stony Brook University
    OAT (AA, TS): AA 360/ TS 360
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.55/3.4

    Extracurriculars: Founder & President of Pre Optometry Club, few other volunteering organizations, shadowed 3 optometrists of different specialities 1 day each, recently started working as an ophthalmic technician
     
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  12. x0brizzz

    x0brizzz

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    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 08/3/14
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SUNY, NOVA, PCO, ICO, NECO, MCPHS
    Date Interview Schedules: NOVA 9/12, SUNY 9/17, ICO 10/2, PCO 9/25 (cancelled), MCPHS (cancelled), NECO
    Accepted (indicate school attending): NOVA and ICO (will be attending ICO)
    Bachelor's Degree: BS Biology from Providence College
    OAT (AA, TS): AA 310, TS 310
    GPA (Overall, Science): 3.54/3.4

    Extracurriculars: Shadowed at Optometry private practice, shadowed at Veteran Affairs Optometry Clinic, ISL Optometry program (volunteer checking eyes in Panama), member of the Dance Team, member of the multicultural events planning club, Help Desk work study job
     
    Last edited: 10.20.14
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  13. eyebian11

    eyebian11 2+ Year Member

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    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 07/18/14
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SCCO, NOVA, PCO, Western, AZCOPT
    Date Interview Schedules: NOVA (cancelled), SCCO 10/04, PCO (cancelled), Western (cancelled), AZCOPT 10/13
    Accepted (indicate school attending): SCCO, AZCOPT (attending)
    Bachelor's Degree: BS Biology
    OAT (AA, TS): AA 320, TS 320
    GPA (Overall, Science): 3.61

    Extracurriculars: Shadowed three different optometrists, worked for optometrist, shadowed at cataract institute, worked in pharmacy, pre-health club, lots of community service in hometown with kids, worked throughout undergrad
     
  14. Shereddy

    Shereddy

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    Hello! Congratulations on your acceptances! I just wanted to ask if NECO took a while to get back to you because it's been a month and I haven't heard anything from them yet. I'm so nervous!

    Thank you so much!
     
  15. dbudd16

    dbudd16

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    Location:
    Orlando
    Status:
    Optometry Student
    Date OptomCAS was mailed:8/26/2014
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UAB, NOVA, NECO, ICO, PCO
    Date Interview Scheduled: UAB 9/26/2014, NOVA 10/01/2014, (cancelled others)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): UAB, NOVA (plan to attend)
    Bachelor's Degree: Biomedical Sciences
    OAT (AA, TS): 330, 320
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.9, 3.9

    Extracurriculars: Biomedical Research, hospital volunteer, shadowed 2 optometry/ophthalmology offices (~80 hours)
     
  16. Juliaekoorb

    Juliaekoorb

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    Georgia
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    Pre-Optometry
    We interviewed at UAB together! :)
     
  17. tarheelopt

    tarheelopt

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    Location:
    NC
    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/25/2014
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UAB, SCO, PCO, NECO, OSU
    Date Interview Scheduled: UAB (9/13), SCO (10/3)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): UAB (attending), SCO
    Bachelor's Degree: B.S. Biology with Chemistry minor
    OAT (AA, TS): 370, 370
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.4, 3.2
    Extracurriculars:
    Optometric technician, research assistant, copy editor, editor-in-chief, volunteer at hospital, volunteer at local elementary schools, Asian Students Association member
     
    Last edited: 10.30.14
  18. Farsbo

    Farsbo

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    Location:
    Dayton, OH
    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/20/14
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): IUCO 9/5/12; ICO 9/9/14; OSU 9/16/14; SCO 9/25/14
    Date Interview Scheduled: ICO 9/26/14; OSU 10/03/14; SCO 10/17/14; IUCO 11/07/14 (cancelled)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): ICO 10/14/14 & SCO (attending) 10/21/14
    Bachelor's Degree: B.S. Psychology 2012
    OAT (AA, TS): 320, 320
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.22, 3.18
    Extracurriculars: - Optometric Assistant for 3+ years, treasurer of pre-optometry club 3 years, volunteer for humane society & prevent blindness Ohio. Also have worked as a server at a restaurant for 7 years off and on.
     
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  19. Farsbo

    Farsbo

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    Pre-Optometry
    I'll be attending SCO next year with you!!!
     
  20. dbudd16

    dbudd16

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    Optometry Student
    Haha yeah I had a lot of fun at UAB. There's a small possibility I may go there. I'm pretty set on NOVA right now though. Good luck at wherever you end up choosing. You have a decision to make! :)
     
  21. Mark2K8

    Mark2K8 5+ Year Member

    Joined:
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    Location:
    New York City
    Status:
    Optometry Student
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: Mid July
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SUNY, MCPHS, Arizona, SCO, PCO
    Date Interview Scheduled: SUNY (second week of September), SCO (first week of November)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): SUNY
    Bachelor's Degree: Biology
    OAT (AA, TS): 350, 350
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.52, ~3.3ish
     
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  22. PreOptStudent13

    PreOptStudent13

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    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: Sept 16th
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SUNY, SCO, MCPHS, NECO
    Date Interview Scheduled: SCO (10/20), SUNY (10/23), NECO (11/24), MCPHS (11/25)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): SUNY (attending), SCO
    Bachelor's Degree: Biology w/ a specialization in genetics & developmental biology
    OAT (AA, TS): 370, 390
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.62, 3.67
    Extracurriculars: Pre-Opt Society VP & Website Coordinator; Sorority; 40+ hours of shadowing; worked for an optometrist once a week this summer in NYC; tutor; volunteered in 2 hospitals over the summer
     
    Last edited: 10.28.14
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  23. PoopyFaceTomatoNose

    PoopyFaceTomatoNose

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    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/13/14
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): NSUOK
    Date Interview Scheduled: 10/13/14
    Accepted (indicate school attending): 10/21/14 (NSUOK - Attending)
    Bachelor's Degree: Biology
    OAT (AA, TS): 340,340
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.83, 3.75

    Extracurriculars: Worked as an optometry tech for 6 weeks (~240 hours total), Research Programs for two summers, Student Government President, Health Club Vice President one year, Health Club Treasurer one year, Biology Tutor, Lab assistant, Volunteering for different activities ~150 hours throughout college (including helping to fix up a rehab facility), Other misc. Student Activities that don't matter too much, and I am currently teaching special education science courses at a lower-income school (they really liked that so I thought I'd include it).
     
  24. Xsod6

    Xsod6

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    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 7/11/2014
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UHCO, UIWRSO
    Date Interview Scheduled: 9/5 UHCO, 9/19 UIWRSO
    Accepted (indicate school attending): UHCO :hardy:
    Bachelor's Degree: Business Administration
    OAT (AA, TS): 360, 370
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.8, 3.7

    Extracurriculars: POPS
     
  25. laxamg

    laxamg

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    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/21
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SCO, UAB, SUNY, NECO (declined), NOVA (declined)
    Date Interview Scheduled: SCO (9/8), SUNY (10/16), UAB (10/21)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): SUNY, UAB, SCO (attending!)
    Bachelor's Degree: B.A. Biological Sciences
    OAT (AA, TS): 320,310
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.96

    Extracurriculars: Executive Board for St. Jude Up Til Dawn event, Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society, Italian/Biology/Chemistry tutor, worked full time as Optometric technician for 3 months (560 hours), shadowed many optometrists
     
    Last edited: 11.04.14
  26. laxamg

    laxamg

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    Hey!

    I was looking at the other posts and it seems like we are deciding between the same schools and are in a similar situation- do you have any idea how you're going to decide between SCO and UAB or what you're leaning more towards? I am having the hardest time deciding between the two and keep going back and forth haha so was just looking for input and trying to see what other people were thinking or how people in similar spots were going to decide
     
  27. jsaslaw

    jsaslaw

    Joined:
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    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/21
    Interview Invitation extended for: SCO, ICO, UMSL, PCO
    Date Interview Scheduled: SCO 9/22, UMSL 10/13, ICO 10/14, PCO 10/24 (cancelled)
    Accepted: SCO, ICO, UMSL (Either attending SCO or ICO!)
    Bachelor's Degree: Major = Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience
    OAT (AA, TS): 350, 350
    GPA (Overall, Prereq) 3.1, 3.24
    Extracurriculars: Fraternity Member
     
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  28. Juliaekoorb

    Juliaekoorb

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    Location:
    Georgia
    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    I was also in the same boat and just ended up choosing SCO this week! I think you really just have to go with your gut. You'll get the same degree at each school you just have to decide which one fits you best. It was a VERY hard decision for me as well.
     
  29. ywang

    ywang

    Joined:
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    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 07/31/14
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): PCO, NECO, ICO, IUSO, SCCO, UCB
    Date Interview Scheduled: PCO(9/24) NECO (9/26) ICO (9/30) IUSO (10/3 cancelled), SCCO (11/1), UCB(1/31)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): PCO, NECO, ICO, SCCO, UCB(attending)
    Bachelor's Degree: Physiological Science
    OAT (AA, TS): 370, 390
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.2, 3.3

    Extracurriculars: 150 hrs shadowing in Private Practice and hospital, research in retinal physiology, on campus volunteer organization Vice President, many community service experiences including domestic and international volunteering
     
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  30. Kuba_PL

    Kuba_PL

    Joined:
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    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 08/07/14
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SUNY, NOVA, SALUS, IUSO, UABSO
    Date Interview Scheduled: SALUS 9/5, NOVA 9/11, SUNY 9/15, UABSO 9/23, IUSO 10/3
    Accepted (indicate school attending): SALUS, NOVA, SUNY (attending), IUSO, UABSO
    Bachelor's Degree: Chemistry
    OAT (AA, TS): 330, 350
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.3, 3.0

    Extracurriculars: undergraduate research (published), shadowed 4 different optometrists for 70+ hours (ocular disease/family practice, pediatric vision therapy, pre/post LASIK, retail), volunteer at fundraisers, community outreach programs, Ronald McDonald House and National Special Olympics with Opening Eyes program, tutor, teachers assistant.
     
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  31. futureusaeyedoc

    futureusaeyedoc

    Joined:
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    Location:
    California
    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed- end of August
    Interview Invitation Extended for: SCCO, SCO, Houston, UMSL, ICO, Salus, NECO, NOVA
    Date Interview Scheduled: SCCO 10/4, NECO 10/27, SCO 10/31, cancelled the other interviews
    Accepted: SCCO (attending!!:soexcited:), SCO, NECO
    Bachelor's Degree: Psychology
    OAT (AA, TS)- 340, 330
    GPA (Overall, Science): 3.97, 3.92

    Extracurriculars: have worked in a private practice for the past 3 years, treasurer of school's pre-optometry club, various volunteer work
     
  32. Shereddy

    Shereddy

    Joined:
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    Messages:
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    Date OptomCAS was mailed/verified: 9/19
    Interview Invitation Extended: 10/07 (PCO) MCPHS 11/07 (cancelled)
    Date Interview Scheduled: 10/22 (PCO)
    Accepted: 10/30 PCO (attending)
    Bachelor's Degree: Biology
    OAT: 310 AA, 320 TS
    GPA: 3.0, 3.0

    Extracurriculars: Shadowed three optometrists, optometrist technician, studied abroad twice, published research, 7 extracurricular clubs, scholars program and so much more...


    Good luck everyone!
     
    Last edited: 11.18.14
  33. eafutureeyedoc

    eafutureeyedoc

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    Location:
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Hey! Your stats look pretty similar to mine and PCO is one of my top choices. I was just wondering where you went to undergrad, if you don't mind me asking?
     
  34. Shereddy

    Shereddy

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    Hey! I went to adelphi university in NY!
     
  35. FutureOD202

    FutureOD202

    Joined:
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    Messages:
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    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed/verified: 9/22
    Interview Invitation Extended: Nova, SUNY, ICO, PCO , SCO, NECO, MCPHS
    Date Interview Scheduled: Nova (11/4), SUNY (12/4)- cancelled
    Accepted: 11/7 NOVA (attending)
    Bachelor's Degree: Health science
    OAT: 320 AA, 340 TS
    GPA: 3.41, 3.19

    Extracurriculars: fraternity officer for 3 years, multiple school clubs, shadowed 3 optometrists, father owns optical store, brother is in 3rd year of optometry school
     
  36. kh93

    kh93 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
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    Messages:
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    Status:
    Optometry Student
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/8/14
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SCCO, RSO, SCO
    Date Interview Scheduled: SCCO (October 4th), RSO (October 11th), SCO (cancelled)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): SCCO (attending), RSO
    Bachelor's Degree: Life Science
    OAT (AA, TS): 310, 280 I did terrible, but somehow schools still wanted me, so there is hope for those of you struggling with the OAT!
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.5, 3.0

    Extracurriculars:
    I work in an optometrist office, lots of shadowing not just OD's but also MD's, sorority (officer positions), pre-optometry club, Big Sister, volunteering to adjust eye glasses at a nursing home, several honoraries, and some other random stuff!
     
  37. optometry2015

    optometry2015

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    Hey kh93, I have similar stats but was wondering if SCCO wanted you to take the OAT again since your TS is 280. Any info would be helpful!
     
  38. kh93

    kh93 2+ Year Member

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    They never said anything! I was offered an interview for the first date and they said I looked wonderful academically, so I don't think it was an issue! I also scored pretty high in QR and reading comprehension, so that might have helped?
     
  39. jopod

    jopod

    Joined:
    10.03.14
    Messages:
    5
    Location:
    Florida
    Status:
    Optometry Student
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/20
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): PCO, SUNY, NOVA, MCPHS, NECO, ICO
    Date Interview Scheduled: PCO (9/9) SUNY (10/9) ICO (10/23)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): PCO, SUNY, ICO (Attending! :) )
    Bachelor's Degree: Biological Sciences
    OAT (AA, TS): 320, 330
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.6, 3.7

    Extracurriculars:
    Treasurer of the Pre-Optometry Club, working as a technician in an optometrists office, conducted independent research project funded by an undergraduate fellowship & published, shadowed optometrists and an ophthalmologist, biology honor society.
     
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  40. futureusaeyedoc

    futureusaeyedoc

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    Location:
    California
    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Woot, we are going to be classmates! Such a great school, super excited! :)
     
  41. kh93

    kh93 2+ Year Member

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    Ahh I'm so excited! Its a struggle to keep motivated now that I know where I'm going to school next year! Congratulations on getting accepted! I look forward to meeting you in the fall!
     
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  42. Eyeknow19

    Eyeknow19

    Joined:
    11.11.14
    Messages:
    15
    Status:
    Pre-Optometry, Optometry Student
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 10/17
    Interview Invitation Extended for: Nova
    Date Interview Scheduled: 10/31
    Accepted: 11/07- Nova (first choice; Attending)
    I got a 290 TS and 300 AA for my OAT :confused:
    Overall GPA is 3.3

    Worked as an opt tech for 2 years at LensCrafters and I still am employed there, I am a certified paraoptometric assistant, volunteered at an eye clinic for 2 years in high school, very involved in my church and community outreach.

    If I can do it, anyone can ;)
     
  43. mooncak3

    mooncak3 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    05.12.14
    Messages:
    33
    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 09/09/14
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SUNY, ICO, MCO, Indiana, NECO, PCO
    Date Interview Scheduled: SUNY (10/27), MCO (11/3), NECO (10/31), PCO (10/28)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): SUNY (attending!), MCO, NECO (maybe attendingo_O), PCO
    Bachelor's Degree: H. Biochemistry
    OAT (AA, TS): 380, 390
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.83

    Extracurriculars: Job shadowing, worked as optometric assistant, hospital volunteering, pre-optometry club, tutored chemistry, YouTube channel

    Good luck to those applying & interviewing

    Hola for SUNY 2019! :zip:
     
  44. 1256eye

    1256eye

    Joined:
    11.14.14
    Messages:
    16
    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 09/16/2014
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UHCO, SUNY, OSU
    Date Interview Scheduled: UHCO (10/2014), OSU (10/2014), SUNY (11/2014)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): UHCO, SUNY, OSU (Attending)
    Bachelor's Degree: Biochemistry
    OAT (AA, TS): 370, 390
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.96, 4.00

    Extracurriculars : Full-time optometric tech for last year, executive board member of campus organizations, general and organic chemistry TA, science writing center tutor, wrote an honors research thesis, two undergraduate off-campus summer research experiences

    Good luck everyone!:)
     
    Last edited: 02.27.15
  45. Dordy

    Dordy

    Joined:
    01.16.14
    Messages:
    36
    Location:
    Canada
    Status:
    Optometry Student
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 08/16/2014
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SCO, ICO, NOVA, SCCO, WesternU, Ferris, PCO, St. Louis, etc..
    Date Interview Scheduled: NOVA (9//2014 ) cancelled all others
    Accepted (indicate school attending): NOVA first choice (Attending):love:
    Bachelor's Degree: Honors Life Sciences
    OAT (AA, TS): 340,340
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.4

    Extracurriculars : Science committee, 300+ shadowing hours, worked in optometric office for 8+ years, pre optom club, cystic fibrosis fundraiser, etc..

    Life is good.:)
     
  46. wikais

    wikais

    Joined:
    08.31.14
    Messages:
    17
    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 08/30/2014
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): PCO, Ferris, MCPHS, IUSO
    Date Interview Scheduled: PCO (10/13), Ferris (10/30), MCPHS (11/3), IUSO (11/7)
    Accepted (indicate school attending)PCO, MCPHS, IUSO (attending) [still waiting to hear from Ferris]
    Bachelor's Degree: Biology
    OAT (AA, TS): 320, 300
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.3, 2.9

    Studied abroad in Spain, worked as an au pair for a month in Spain, pre-health professions club, semester-long shadow, spanish club
     
    Last edited: 11.19.14
  47. maisv

    maisv

    Joined:
    09.15.14
    Messages:
    9
    Status:
    Optometry Student
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 11/9/14 verified 11/11/14
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UIWRSO contacted me 11/13/14
    Date Interview Scheduled: UIWRSO (11/21/14)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): UIWRSO, since it all happened so quick I haven't turned in any supplemental for other schools so I guess my optometry school application journey ended here
    Bachelor's Degree: B.S in Nutrition
    OAT (AA, TS): 300,300
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.4, 3.1
    Extracurriculars: Current optometric tech/office manager for almost 4 years (2000+ hours), volunteered at cancer hospital, shadowed 3rd year students at UHCO OD/MED clinic through POPS

    So I put my rather average if not on the lower side of the GPA/OAT scale grades to encourage any intimidated lurkers (I was one for years) that optometry school is achievable, don't let stats of strangers from the internet discourage you, you can do it !
     
    Last edited: 11.30.14
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  48. TacoCat35

    TacoCat35

    Joined:
    10.30.14
    Messages:
    4
    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: Early - Mid August
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SCO, IUSO, PCO, UABSO, SUNY, ICO, NECO, UMSL, MCPHS
    Date Interview Scheduled: SCO, IUSO. PCO, UABSO, SUNY, ICO, NECO, cancelled/declined UMSL and MCPHS
    Accepted (indicate school attending): SCO, IUSO, PCO, UABSO, ICO, NECO, SUNY (attending!)
    Bachelor's Degree: Biology
    OAT (AA, TS): 350, 360
    GPA (Overall, Science): (3.34, 3.14)

    Good luck to everyone!!
     
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  49. roush137

    roush137

    Joined:
    10.30.14
    Messages:
    49
    Status:
    Optometry Student
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 9/24/14
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): Nova, Midwestern, OSU
    Date Interview Scheduled: 10/30/14 - Nova, 12/5/14 - OSU, 12/10/14 - Midwestern(cancelled)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): Nova, OSU - Attending!!
    Bachelor's Degree: Extension Education
    OAT (AA, TS): 340, 340
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.4, 3.0

    Extracurriculars:
    Shadowed several optometrists, worked as an optometric tech for a year, preoptometry club, Eyes on Health club, optometric outreach trip, teaching RealEyes
     
  50. kaitlynrae

    kaitlynrae

    Joined:
    08.20.14
    Messages:
    4
    Status:
    Pre-Medical, Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 11/19/14
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): WesternU, SCCO, NECO, ICO
    Date Interview Scheduled: SCCO (12/06/14), WesternU (12/12/14), NECO (1/09/15)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): SCCO - attending! :love: (cancelled all other interviews)
    Bachelor's Degree: Kinesiology/Chemistry minor
    OAT (AA, TS): 350, 370
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.66, 3.58

    Extracurriculars:
    Shadowed several optometrists (ophthalmology clinic, family practice, retail, pediatric/low vision clinic), assisted optometrists in a research study, worked as an optometric assistant, 100+ volunteerer hours at a children's hospital and at a blind children's learning center, chair of the pre-optometry committee, Pilipino cultural night board for 3 years, math/bio/chem tutor
     
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  51. championOD

    championOD Emily Champion

    Joined:
    10.16.14
    Messages:
    11
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Status:
    Pre-Optometry
    Date OptomCAS was mailed: July 7, 2014
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): ICO, Nova, UMSL, NECO
    Date Interview Scheduled: ICO (Oct. 17), Nova (Nov. 17), UMSL (Nov. 24), NECO (declined interview)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): ICO (attending!), Nova, and UMSL
    Bachelor's Degree: Biology (Biochemistry, Cellular, & Molecular Biology concentration), Psychology minor
    OAT (AA, TS): 310
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.2 overall, unsure of total science

    Extracurriculars: Alpha Chi Omega sorority (held various positions throughout), Panhellenic Judicial Board, Order of Omega Honor Society, Sport 4 Peace Week Coordinating Committee, various volunteer work with Knoxville YWCA, Family Justice Center, and local Iraqi Refugees, two years experience working as a part-time optometric technician, and many hours of shadowing experience outside of work.
     
    Last edited: 12.23.14

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