Student Focus on Emily Watson


Emily WatsonName: Emily Watson
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Frazeysburg, Ohio
High School: Tri-Valley High School
Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University
Undergraduate Degree: Chemistry
Anticipated #OSUopt Graduation Year: 2023


How old were you when you received your first eye exam? What was the experience like for you?

I was in my first year of undergraduate. I was having a hard time seeing the tiny chalk board in the back of huge lecture halls and decided I was past due for an eye exam. It was a very cool experience! I had already decided I wanted to be an optometrist, so the doctor explained a lot of the steps and benefits of choosing optometry, and I was sold. 

When did you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in optometry?

The first time I said I wanted to be an optometrist I was only in third grade! My mom took me with her to her appointment, and as I was sitting in the chairs to the side of the room, the doctor brought trial lenses over and placed them in front of my eyes and said, "This is how your mom sees without glasses," and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. After the appointment I told my mom that I wanted to help people see one day too!

Why did you choose Ohio State Optometry?

I am from Ohio, and I am a Buckeye through and through, so I always knew this was where I wanted to be!

What was your first impression of Ohio State Optometry?

I instantly felt accepted here. I could tell on day one that the staff and faculty here truly want the best for the students and that has held true.

What surprised you most about Ohio State and/or Columbus?

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!

Which clubs/organizations have you joined at Ohio State?

I am the Class of 2023 secretary/treasurer. I am also involved in Student Council and elected vice president in my third year. I was heavily involved in the Low Vision Rehab Club as their president in my second and third year. I am also a member of EYE, BSK and Gold Key!

Who has most positively affected you during your time as an optometry student so far?

There are so many people! My family and friends who I have met in school, but also so many attendings and professors. I would like to give Dr. Goedde a special shout-out though. She has been an amazing role model and is exactly what kind of optometrist I want to be when I grow up :)

What has been your favorite part of optometry school so far and what are you looking forward to in fourth year?

I think the kayak/canoe trip with EYE last summer might have been my favorite event in optometry school, but there have been so many good ones! This year I am looking forward to EyeBall and the EYE spring banquet!

What advice do you have for the class of 2026 as they start optometry school this fall?

Get organized early! Optometry school is a lot of work, but you can do it! Find yourself a good study spot, get yourself into a routine and keep yourself organized to avoid procrastination (as much as possible) and you will do big things!