Student Focus on Derek Eibon
Name: Derek Eibon
Hometown: Amherst, Ohio
High School: Amherst Steele
Undergraduate Institution: Capital University
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Anticipated #OSUopt Graduation Year: 2022
When did you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in optometry?
I was a junior in high school when I realized optometry was the profession that I wanted to pursue. Originally, I was going to work for a career in broadcasting/journalism due to being involved in a class in high school. We produced our own newscasts, feature stories, and music video intros for the high school on a daily basis.
Are there any optometrists in your family?
There are two optometrists in my family, my uncle, Dr. Dave DelPrincipe, and my aunt, Dr. Beth Yoder.
Why did you choose Ohio State Optometry?
Ohio State has always been my favorite college whether it be for academics or for athletics. My brothers both attended Ohio State for their undergraduate studies and being able to experience this campus is amazing. Also this is a storied university with a phenomenal reputation and education and I always dreamed of being a Buckeye.
What surprised you most about Ohio State and/or Columbus?
Ohio State itself is a city inside of a big city. The campus itself has so much to do and experience and if you walk just outside of it you run into downtown Columbus and experience all the great things that this city has to offer. I have been able to experience Columbus for the last eight years due to my undergraduate work at Capital University, and I have always been able to experience something new and fun in this city.
Which clubs/organizations have you joined at Ohio State?
I am part of the College of Optometry’s fraternity, Epsilon Psi Epsilon.
Who has most positively affected you during your time as an optometry student so far?
I have had a very unique experience during my time as an optometry student. There are so many people who have positively affected me as both a person and as a future optometrist, including my fiancée Caelyn, my fellow classmates, professors, and family. I could name countless people who have helped me throughout this journey, and I am grateful for each and every one of them.
What’s your favorite way to relax or unwind after a busy week in class and/or clinic?
My favorite way to unwind after a long week of clinic is to watch some football all weekend. When it isn’t football season, I like to go on hikes with my fiancée or just hang out with a large group of friends.
Tell us about your first extern rotation – what did you learn? What did you most enjoy?
My first extern site was the Outreach Rotation, in which I rotated around multiple different clinic sites throughout Columbus. This first rotation offered me many new experiences that helped me learn how to become both a better clinician and better person overall. Outreach allowed me to interact with patients of many different backgrounds and different situations that made each of their exams unique. My favorite part of Outreach was being able to help patients who were in less fortunate situations and being able to make a difference in their lives.
The Class of 2025 just started optometry school! What advice would you have for them?
My advice to the Class of 2025 is very simple but can be easily forgotten. You can’t forget that life continues even as optometry school is going on. It is very easy to get caught up in constantly studying and losing focus on the other aspects of your life. Don’t forget to take care of your physical and mental health as you began your optometric journey.