The pre-optometry club opens your eyes to educational and professional paths

The new Pre-Optometry Club provides opportunities for Minnesota State students interested in higher education in medical fields.

Students who attend this club can share useful discoveries in the field of medicine that could help them in their future academic and professional achievements.

The club aims to help students prepare applications for schools and give them more knowledge to pass compulsory entrance exams such as the optometry admission test. Club co-president Nicole Kaupa says she hopes students can gain a variety of experiences.

“We wanted to start meeting pre-optometry students in college so that we could meet and kind of go through applications for optometry schools, get to know each other a bit and prepare to take the test. OAT,” Kaupa said.

Students can also connect with people to learn more about the requirements and difficulties to get into optometry schools.

“Last year we had a Zoom meeting with someone who went to Midwestern University, I think, to kind of find out what the process was for that person and be able to apply and take the OAT test” , Kaupa said.

Kylee Zytkovicz is also a member of the club.

“The most interesting part is learning things I didn’t know before. Today we discussed a few new things. I think it’s going to help me in the long run so things don’t get to the last minute, and I’ll be prepared ahead of time,” Zytkovicz said.

According to Zytkovicz and other club members, joining their discussion makes academic growth more efficient. Member Skyler Borresen mentioned that the club helps her learn more from experienced people.

“I learned things that I had no idea because there is no one to help me understand. It’s nice to have people older than me who have kind of lived that,” Borresen said. “(The club helps me) know where I need to go and how to apply. This is something that makes me the most nervous. »

Another participant, Kyle Skellenger, recommends the club to those who want to learn more about the profession.

“I wanted to be an optometrist since seventh grade. Now that I have found other people who want to do what I want to do, I would recommend it to other people who are interested in health care because no one is thinking in your eyes. We take our vision for granted,” Skellenger said.

The Pre-Optometry Club is ready to help students majoring in different programs with their career goals. You do not have to be a member of a pre-optometry program to participate in club discussions. For more information on meeting times, contact nicole.kaupa@mnsu.edu.

Header photo: The pre-optometry club allows students to gain more information about the field while helping them prepare for optometry school applications. (Asutosh Silwal/The Reporter)

Write to Amalia Sharaf at amal.sharafkhodjaeva@mnsu.edu

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