Amanda Howarth

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Pre-Optometry Clubs with Brighter Visions: Helping their Campus & Community One Day at a Time

Posted by Amanda Howarth

Aug 3, 2017 11:14:02 AM

Pre-Optometry Clubs are an excellent way for prospective optometry students to learn more about the optometry field and develop their interests. Pre-Optometry clubs can help undergraduate students in their application processes as well as help them gain mentors who share their same passions. Often, Pre-Optometry clubs can provide opportunities for students to make lasting impacts on their campus, in their local communities, or in communities around the globe. Senior Jackie Nguyen of University of California San Diego (UCSD) and sophomore Bibi Barase of San Diego State University (SDSU) shared with ASCO how their clubs are making a difference in their communities. 


My Internship at ASCO

Posted by Amanda Howarth

May 9, 2017 9:06:12 AM

Written By:  Amanda Howarth, ASCO Intern

Four months ago I joined the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry as an intern, and I could not be happier with my decision. In my short time here, I cannot believe how many new skills I’ve gained and how much I’ve learned about the field of optometry. Knowing virtually nothing about optometry before I started working here, I am leaving with a greater knowledge and appreciation of just how important the work of an optometrist is. I was surprised to learn how many daily activities and habits can influence eye health and that so many of us, including myself, are unaware of common, eye-damaging behaviors. Even though I am not planning on becoming a medical professional, I feel optometry is an exciting field to enter, with the opportunity to truly make impactful changes on patients’ lives.


About Eye on Optometry

Welcome to Eye on Optometry, a new blog from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)! The main goal of the blog is to provide timely and useful information to anyone who is interested in applying to optometry school. It’s all part of one of ASCO’s many strategic objectives, which is to help the schools and colleges of optometry develop a large, diverse and highly qualified national applicant pool while getting the word out about the attractiveness of a career in the profession.  We will also blog about other optometry-related topics from time to time.

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