We currently have seven students blogging about their experiences as students at the college.  They represent all of our current classes -the classes of 2017, 2016, and 2015.  Our bloggers come from different backgrounds and undergrad institutions and each offers a unique perspective on what  life at NECO is like. 


Hi, everyone!  My name is Laura Goldberg and I am a second year OD/MS student at NECO as a member of the class of 2016.  For my master’s project, I work in Dr. Rucker’s lab on identifying possible causes of developmental progression of myopia. Originally from New Jersey, I graduated from Lafayette College with a double major in biology and German.  During my four years at Lafayette, I was involved in research on vision-related responses of turtle eyes. This project led me to pursuing optometry at NECO.  In addition, I love learning about new people and places.  During my junior year, I studied abroad in Germany at the University of Würzburg, which was an amazing experience!  In an increasingly global society, I like to  embrace many cultures and customs.  The field of optometry provides exciting opportunities to improve vision in all people, no matter where they may live.  I am looking forward to sharing my journey with you!


My name is Kaylyn and I am a member of NECO’s 2016 class! I am a 2012 graduate from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where I majored in biomedical engineering. During my junior year, I traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, where I worked with the city of Cape Town to help improve some of the roads in one of their informal settlements. It was here that I realized I wanted to become involved in vision health care and ultimately decided that I wanted to give back to others with the gift of sight. I am originally from Rochester, New York, and I enjoy playing softball and soccer. In my free time (when I am not studying…optometry school is busy!), I enjoy reading and exploring the city of Boston!


My name’s Angela and I’m a NECO c/o 2017! Because eye jokes just get cornea and cornea (I kid, I kid!), I titled my blog using the infinite wisdom of the movie, You’ve Got Mail. Aside from the part that it’s a hilarious quote that I’m certain will reflect how I feel about school during exam seasons, it’s also a quintessential part of the movie where Tom Hanks’ character realized that everyone around him knew exactly who they were and where they were going…and he wished he were as lucky as they. In many ways, I think my optometry road has mirrored a similar bumpy ride. It took me a few years during and after undergrad to realize where I wanted to go and how to get there and now that I’m on my way, it seems almost unbelievable. I’m excited to share my journey with everyone as I make my move from California to Boston and finally joining the NECO family!


I’m Emmy Schwartz, a second year student at the New England College of Optometry. I’m originally from Buffalo, New York, and am a proud Bills and Sabres fan. I graduated in 2011 from Ithaca College with a degree in writing, but I have always been interested in health care and optometry in particular. I have worn glasses since the age of seven and also have an intermittent strabismus in my right eye, which I have learned a lot more about since starting at NECO. My interest in optometry stems from my personal eye issues and also from a passion for helping others. I am particularly interested in vision therapy, and I hope to one day own my own optometry practice. Outside of optometry, I have always been interested in writing--I like to write everything from short stories to personal essays to more professional pieces. I am also an avid reader; I like both fiction and nonfiction, and a few of my favorite authors are Jose Saramago, Margaret Atwood, and Ursula LeGuin. I love to travel as well; I studied abroad in France for a summer and have also been to Israel, Switzerland, England, and various places around the United States and Canada. Other interests of mine include cooking, running, and spending time with friends and family.

Stephanie is a third year optometry student at the New England College of
Optometry. She is originally from Lakeland, Florida, and attended the
University of Central Florida in Orlando. At UCF she majored in molecular
biology and microbiology, worked as a resident assistant in UCF's housing
department, and pursued interests in optometry and the sciences. Stephanie
was accepted into NECO's OD/PhD dual degree program as she started her
first semester at NECO in fall 2011. In the dual degree program, she will
earn her PhD from Boston University, starting immediately after completion
of her third year at NECO.  Her lab experiences at BU thus far include
rotations in an angiogenesis lab and an immunology lab. Stephanie is very
excited to be a part of the OD/PhD program and looks forward to her
courses and research at BU. Stephanie enjoys spending time with friends
and family, dabbles in photography, and loves learning new things.


Hailing from scenic Cape Cod, Tom is a Massachusetts native who grew up thinking Boston was a mythical place to be visited but once a year, preferably around the holidays. Tom graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a BS in biology and importantly, a minor in classics. After spending a year toiling as a research chemist, Tom decided that was not the life he desired, and decided to follow his dream to become a health care provider. Optometry was the natural choice for Tom (who was led to it with the help of his brilliant life coach and fiancé Taryn), as it combines the sciences, interpersonal communication, and a touch of fashion -- three things Tom enjoys in equal measure. Now, almost midway through his fourth year at the New England College of Optometry, Tom looks forward while looking back. Trust him, it’s possible to do. He’s almost a doctor, he should know these things.


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