Student Focus 2022
Class of 2025 student Ana Schroder appreciates Ohio State Optometry’s small class sizes. “Coming from a small undergrad university myself, I knew just how influential small classes are on your ability to grapple with difficult material. With small class sizes, you will become friends with your professors and everyone in your class, and that support system will become the backbone to your success along this difficult journey.”
As a high schooler, Stephanie George decided that she wanted to make the world a better place by becoming an optometrist. She knew that Ohio State Optometry was a great fit during her first tour of the college. She says, “I was blown away by (Ohio State Optometry’s) curriculum, extracurriculars, and everything in between. It seemed so distant at the time, so it's still hard for me to believe that I'm exactly where I wanted to end up!” Now, as a member of the #OSUopt Class of 2024, she is co-president of Student Council, vice president of Optometry Ambassadors, and is active in NOSA, AOSA, and EYE. And to top it off, she’s in the combined OD/MS program!
Throughout his first year as an #OSUopt student, Aidan Go was frequently reminded that Ohio State Optometry was the right choice. He happily says, “One of my favorite parts about first year was being surrounded by a bunch of people who can ‘nerd out’ with me about eye stuff. If I went up to anyone else and started talking about the corneal abrasion I saw, they’d walk away.” As a second-year student, Aidan looks forward to expanding upon his clinical skills.
As #OSUopt student Monica Sanago begins her fourth year, she looks forward to growing as a clinician. This future eye doctor loves interacting with patients and helping them in any way possible.
For #OSUopt fourth-year student Curt Fritts-Davis, a childhood love of optical illusions led to a passion for vision science. As a combined OD/MS student at Ohio State, he is working with Dr. Marjean Kulp and Dr. Andy Hartwick on a unique project studying traumatic brain injuries and the visual near triad. As much as this future doctor enjoys research, he says that seeing patients has been his favorite part of optometry school. “The warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing I made a difference in someone's life never gets old,” he says. “In my fourth year, I'm looking forward to having those types of moments more often.”
Tallon Kramer’s (Class of 2025) first impression of Ohio State Optometry was, “WOW.” He said, “Walking into such a welcoming optometry family of both friends and faculty from day one made the transition super easy. The campus is also huge and so different from what I experienced in undergrad. I am so thankful to have been accepted into such an incredible program and I couldn’t picture myself anywhere else.”
Ohio State Optometry Class of 2023 student Emily Watson instantly felt accepted when she started optometry school. She says, “Ohio State is a huge school, but the optometry program makes it feel like a small school, which really surprised me! You get the best of both worlds; small school feel with all the opportunities that OSU has to offer!”
Second-year student Mitchell Pulleo remembers when he put on his first pair of glasses as a child, “I was amazed by the sharp and defined world that I had been missing out on while previously living with uncorrected refractive error.” Today, he’s working toward a degree that will allow him to provide this experience for countless others.
Fareedah Haroun, who will graduate in May, pursued optometry because, “I always had a passion for serving others; it was instilled in me by my parents. As a result, it was important for me to enter a profession driven by compassion and service.” Ohio State was the perfect higher education option for this soon-to-be doctor!
First-year student Mykia Kidd chose Ohio State Optometry for its reputation and legacy of excellence. “I love that it is a close-knit community and family-like from the moment you apply through the rest of your career.”
Optometry aligned with everything Mary Curtis wanted in a health care career – changing patients’ lives for the better while still maintaining a great work-life balance – and Ohio State was a perfect fit for this Hilliard native. She says, “After the interview day I had no doubts any longer that Ohio State Optometry was meant to be my home for the next four years.”