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ICO’s student blog offers real perspectives from all four years of optometry school. Our talented writers tackle everything from Chicago’s CTA and coffee shops to honest reflections on patient care. These voices provide a true view of ICO that can’t be found anywhere else. Read through some of the most recent posts below, and picture yourself at ICO!

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  • ICO vs. Other Optometry schools

    During fourth year at ICO, you meet tons of optometry students from other schools at your rotations. At both my first and third sites, we had…

    February 2018
  • View from the Signature Room at the 95th

    When the daylight is short and the winter is cold and long, it is easy to hibernate inside your home. With various activities to do in…

    February 2018
  • How to Relax during Optometry School

    To say optometry school can be stressful is an understatement. First year, you can have up to three exams a week, plus practicals, quizzes, etc. Second…

    February 2018
  • Visiting Chicago House of Blues

    As an avid concert-goer, I’m surprised I hadn’t made it out to a show since coming to ICO. Finally, the Chicago House of Blues (HOB) became…

    January 2018
  • Post-NBEO Disney Trip to Epcot

    On December 5th or 7th, the fourth year class took NBEO Part 2 boards. For many of us, this test is (hopefully) the last NBEO we…

    January 2018