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Dismissed from optometry school...going to appeal. Advice?

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by heocon95, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. heocon95

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    Hello, I hope you can take the time out to read about my situation and offer some advice (particularly if you have been in a similar situation and what you did to move forward).

    I recently graduated in May 2018 with a B.S. in neuroscience and a minor in psychology. I then started optometry school in August 2018. Unfortunately, this semester has been tough for me, and my transition into optometry school was not the best. I was going through my own problems, but I am not bringing them up or using them as an excuse for my grades. Initially, I was only worried about 2 classes, and was going to accept the fact that I was going to repeat these courses. Then, finals week rolled around...I got overwhelmed and didn't properly prepare well for all of my finals so it did not go well causing my final grades to go down. To be honest, I'm so sad and disappointed in myself right now. I have already written my appeal, but I will have to wait until March of 2019 for the academic review committee to decide whether they will reinstate me or not (there will be an interview with them). In the meantime, I plan on proving to myself and my school that I am capable of being in the program. I will audit the spring semester courses that I had previously enrolled in. I will take a vision science course (for undergraduates and graduates) that covers the foundations of optometry. I will start over again with the first semester material on my own. I am also planning on finding a part-time job working for an optometrist. I take full responsibility for my poor grades, and I have already went into detail explaining my situation in my appeal letter. I think everyone deserves a second chance, and all I want right now is a second chance to prove myself :( I wouldn't choose to go through 4 more years of school if I didn't want to pursue this career.
     
  2. mlk01

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    Hey heocon95, I decided to come on to studentdoctornetwork after almost 2 years. Your post was the first one that came up. I just wanted to reach out and say I'm sorry youre going through this:/ I know its hard but if this is what you really want to do, you should keep fighting for it. I hope the committee decides to give you another chance!
     
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    Thanks so much for your words of comfort! :) I will update on whether I get reinstated or not after my interview in the latter of March.
     
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    Thank you! Will do!
     
  5. Weirdy

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    Hey heocon, sorry to hear all this.

    Someone close to me went through the same thing, appealed, loss the appeal, followed up with other programs and never heard back.
    This was at a well-respected program with high board pass rates so on so forth.

    Eventually cut their losses and learned to happily pursue another career.

    Things you need to consider when sitting in front of the panel for your appeal meeting:
    -What went wrong? Pinpoint them. Be specific.
    -You need to have your timeline of what went wrong, what you did to mitigate, so on so forth memorized clearly and succinctly. Don't go in there like a lost hamster. It will be painful when they point out everything you did wrong, how you did not reach out for help, how you did not take steps to get ahead of your problem. Suck it up, be humble, be firm.
    -Have you been in touch with faculty at all? Is there a faculty member you've specifically reached out to or get along with very well?
    -Did you have a good track record at the program? No behavioral issues? Get along well and respected all your professors?
    -Were you doing well grades wise before finals happened? Did you have a good passing trend that you can point back to?

    Also consider your worse case scenario- the committee will strike down the appeal and other programs will not take a chance on you.

    If this happens, take some time and surround yourself with people who support you. Then chase your next dream.
     

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