Student Focus on Mykia Kidd
Name: Mykia Kidd
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
High School: Walnut Hills High School
Undergraduate Institution: Tulane University
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. Africana Studies, B.S. Public Health, Minor in History
Anticipated #OSUopt Graduation Year: 2025
How old were you when you received your first eye exam? What was the experience like for you?
I received my first eye exam when I was ten years old. It was a preventative vision screening that was provided to me by my public school. The experience introduced me to the profession and how optometry makes a positive impact on communities. My confidence as a young girl and student was boosted greatly after I received my first pair of purple glasses.
When did you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in optometry?
I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in optometry after participating in ICO's Focus on Your Future summer program in 2017. I loved my experience so much that I was eager to learn more about the field and become immersed in it as much as possible. After shadowing several Black and women optometrists and ophthalmologists throughout the Cincinnati area, I received my first job as an optometric technician with Dr. Mark Orso & Associates in 2018. I loved being involved with patient care so much that it solidified optometry as the right career for me.
Why did you choose Ohio State Optometry?
I chose Ohio State Optometry because it is close to home. I love that it is a close-knit community and family-like from the moment you apply through the rest of your career. Ohio State Optometry is a small community and everyone knows everybody, which makes networking and social gatherings a really fun and enjoyable time. I also chose Ohio State Optometry because of its reputation and legacy of excellence--not only in academics but leadership as well.
What was your first impression of Ohio State Optometry?
My first impression of Ohio State Optometry was that everyone is friendly, welcoming, and genuinely wants to help you succeed. Faculty and staff are always willing to speak with you regarding literally anything and are very supportive throughout your transition into optometry school and your development as a doctor.
What surprised you most about Ohio State and/or Columbus?
What surprised me most about Ohio State is how big campus is and the vast amount of resources that are available to you as a student. Anything that you may need (academically, personally, financially, etc.) Ohio State has it or can connect you to the resource that does. What surprised me most about Columbus is how much there is to do here. Living in a state capital provides you with opportunities and experiences that you otherwise may not have; especially, if you're interested in politics and legislation, culinary arts and the food scene, as well as parks and nature preserves.
Which clubs/organizations have you joined at Ohio State?
I am a member of Ohio State Optometry's NOSA chapter, SVOSH, and I am a Class of 2025 Representative for Student Council. I am a member of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus. I am also Ohio State Optometry's representative for the African American/Black Interprofessional Affinity Group for IPC.
Who has most positively affected you during your time as an optometry student so far?
Dr. VDN (Vondolee Delgado-Nixon, PhD) and Jen Bennett! Love these two women so much. They're the best!
What has been the best part of your first year so far?
The best part of my first year thus far is the friendships and relationships that I have been able to form with my classmates, professors, and staff within and outside of the college. I have friends that I can truly see myself being close with for a lifetime. We study together and support each other while having a bit of fun in the process. That is the most special part of being on this journey.
What advice do you have for students who are going through their optometry school application process now?
Be yourself! Have no shame in who you are, where you come from, and your story ... you are uniquely you for a reason. Trust in yourself and your capabilities. Be in the moment and enjoy the process of your journey to optometry school.