Hey everyone .. I guess I'll start off the "why I picked optometry thread" I didn't know what I wanted to do with myself in college. I started off pre-pharmacy. then, i worked as a pharmacy technician for Eckerd (a large southern chain like walgreens) and hated it! Patients treated the pharmacists like nothing more than pill dispensers who didn't go to school for six years. So, I decided to major in biochem and go work in biotech. (that's an up and coming field right?) Well, the jobs I could get right out of school paid NOTHING and I wasn't really happy their either. So, I started researching optometry. I'd always been interested in it since I've been wearing glasses since I was five. (and probably needed them before that this was just my first exam) My corneas are warped and too thin (which i found out when I tried to have lasik surgery) which my OD says "could" be the result of being born premature. (O2 in the incubator) Anyway, to make a long story short, (too late) I worked with three OD's as a head receptionist for a year and LOVED it. Not necessarily being a receptionist.. but learning about what they were doing and how they ran their practice. I took my post-bacc requirements at a local college.. studied for the OAT.. applied to three schools.. and got accepted at 2. So, there ya have it folks.. Mainly I like optometry because you can be a person's primary care provider (like a dentist) and get to know someone's family. I get asked why not be an OMD all the time. My reason is that I'd rather be someone they see every year and trust for their primary care.. then the specialist they see when they already know they have a problem. (or want their eyes lasered) Anyway, my novella has grown long enough. I'll let someone else tell their story now. What about you abs1?