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What Does it Take to Become an Optometrist

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As time goes on the future becomes more relevant and what we as students decide to do with our future determines the overall outcome of the person we will develop in to. Since the beginning of grade school students work to the best of their abilities to become what they view in their own eyes as successful. Students are tested and put in constant competition their entire schooling career. The results of this competition determine what opportunities will be open for the individual to seize and later develop into their profession. In order to make any of these possibilities a reality, a student is required to make an extremely difficult, yet important decision. This decision involves the choice of receiving additional education after high school, whether it would be a college setting or a trade school.
The career choice I am currently considering is in the field of optometry. In order to complete the goal of becoming an optometrist, a student must first receive a four year Bachelor’s undergraduate degree from a college that offers majors in the studies of biology, chemistry, or bio/chemistry (ASCO). This helps limit the number of available schools that will allow a student to peruse a profession in the field of optometry. A large factor that effects what college a student will determine is the tuition costs. In order to become an optometrist, at least eight years of schooling are necessary (ASCO). This amounts to a large sum of money that could eventually turn students away from certain colleges. Another factor that goes into determining what college is right for an individual student is the retention and graduation rates of a college. All of the previously mentioned factors have allowed me to narrow my choices down to t...

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...to waste, but instead used to excel us as students through life. It starts by making the hard choices and putting in the extra work that a college will require.

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