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What Makes An Applicant More Competitive?

Discussion in 'Pre-Optometry' started by rallthenamesgon, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. rallthenamesgon

    rallthenamesgon 2+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    What do you all think, currently I have done a few hours of shadowing with 3 different Optometrists (1 w/Stein Optical, 1 in private practice and 1 w/ the VA), I am working with my university as a research technician researching diabetes, I volunteer in my community and I belong to my school's pre-health club. My science and cum gpa are both 3.6. Is all of this competitive enough or do I need more????:confused:
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  3. KHE

    KHE Senior Member Optometrist SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    If you do well on the OAT then you should be as competitive as anyone else unless you have zero personality and/or take your pants off during the interview.
  4. Opii

    Opii Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Yes, I second that. There should be no mooning during the interview... otherwise you should be good to go.
  5. hfpepperbean47

    hfpepperbean47 You wish you were me 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    But what if you have a tattoo that says "I heart optometry"
  6. JeffChou

    JeffChou Your mom goes to college 5+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Across your buttocks!
  7. aam0050

    aam0050 5+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Houston, TX
    Yikes! That'd be a site to see! :p
  8. rallthenamesgon

    rallthenamesgon 2+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    Who told you guys about that?????????

    Just kidding:D . Thanks for the feedback.
  9. alferec

    alferec Future Army OD 5+ Year Member

    Dec 9, 2004
    Fullerton, CA
    Don't forget, the essay is important too. There will always be people that have shadowed, done research, have stellar numbers, etc. What will make you stand out is how specifically are you different from other applicants - and that is what the essay is for. If you need some pointers, feel free to check out's section on essays. There is also a link there that gives even more helpful tips.
  10. jc812

    jc812 Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Future optometrists of America
  11. IndianaOD

    IndianaOD 2+ Year Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Just curious, which of the 3 ODs made you like optometry the most?
  12. rallthenamesgon

    rallthenamesgon 2+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    If I had to choose, I would say the VA OD. With the VA OD there was more diseases to deal with, because the majority of the vets were older and their eyes weren't as healthy, and I liked that it was in a hospital setting. Plus I'm a vet myself so I guess I just felt comfortable there.

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