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A Day In The Life


Since they arrived at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2010, we followed Damaris Benitez and Hannah Hays in our web series “A Day in the Life.” From their first days on campus until their final year, they’ve given viewers an inside look into what it’s like to be an ICO student.


Year One: The First Week

Episode 1: Arrival to Chicago
Episode 1: Arrival to Chicago

Episode 1: Arrival to Chicago

Join two first year students as they begin their journey at the Illinois College of Optometry. In this episode, you will meet Damaris Benitez and Hannah Hays as they arrive in Chicago with their families, ready to attend ICO.

Episode 2: Move in Day
Episode 2: Move in Day

Episode 2: Move in Day

In this episode, Hannah moves into the RC and says goodbye to the 'rents.

Episode 3: Orientation Begins
Episode 3: Orientation Begins

Episode 3: Orientation Begins

In this episode, Hannah and Damaris join their classmates to attend orientation.

Episode 4: Exploring Chicago!
Episode 4: Exploring Chicago!

Episode 4: Exploring Chicago!

In this episode, Hannah and Damaris get some R&R before classes begin and explore Chicago.

Episode 5:  Week 1 - Classes begin!
Episode 5: Week 1 - Classes begin!

Episode 5: Week 1 - Classes begin!

In this episode, Hannah and Damaris start their first classes and labs as first year optometry students and settle into their new home in the RC.

Episode 6: End of Week 1- New Lives/New Friends
Episode 6: End of Week 1- New Lives/New Friends

Episode 6: End of Week 1- New Lives/New Friends

In this episode: Damaris checks in with family and friends after her first official week away from home, and Hannah and Damaris meet new friends and classmates at the annual ICOlympics.

 

Year One: Continued

Episode 7: Week 2- What, me study???
Episode 7: Week 2- What, me study???

Episode 7: Week 2- What, me study???

In this episode: Hannah and Damaris discuss their study strategies as the curriculum quickly progresses. Damaris meets her new anatomy tutor.

Episode 8: - Networking and More
Episode 8: - Networking and More

Episode 8: - Networking and More

Join two first year students as they begin their journey at the Illinois College of Optometry.

Episode 9: Week 3  Exams Start!
Episode 9: Week 3 Exams Start!

Episode 9: Week 3 Exams Start!

In this episode: Hannah and Damaris juggle studying for exams while still attending their classes and labs.

Episode 10: Night before the Big Exam
Episode 10: Night before the Big Exam

Episode 10: Night before the Big Exam

In this episode: Hannah and Damaris get busy with their last night of studying.

Episode 11: First Big Test
Episode 11: First Big Test

Episode 11: First Big Test

Watch the drama unfold as Hannah and Demaris take their first BIG test at ICO.

Episode 12: Onward and Upward
Episode 12: Onward and Upward

Episode 12: Onward and Upward

In this episode: The 'rents come to visit. Hannah and Damaris get their white coats and their anatomy test results.

 

Second Year: One Year Later

1 Year Later
1 Year Later

1 Year Later

Want to know what life's like for a second year student at ICO? Check out our conversation with two students: Damaris Benitez and Hannah Hays

Day in the Life: How is Living in Chicago?
Day in the Life: How is Living in Chicago?

Day in the Life: How is Living in Chicago?

Hannah Hays and Damaris Benitez share what they love most about Chicago

 

Third Year and Beyond

3rd Year: Episode 1
3rd Year: Episode 1

3rd Year: Episode 1

Want to know what life's like for a second year student at ICO? Check out our conversation with two students: Damaris Benitez and Hannah Hays

3rd Year: Episode 2
3rd Year: Episode 2

3rd Year: Episode 2

Want to know what life's like for a second year student at ICO? Check out our conversation with two students: Damaris Benitez and Hannah Hays

3rd Year: Episode 3
3rd Year: Episode 3

3rd Year: Episode 3

Want to know what life's like for a second year student at ICO? Check out our conversation with two students: Damaris Benitez and Hannah Hays

3rd Year: Episode 4
3rd Year: Episode 4

3rd Year: Episode 4

Want to know what life's like for a second year student at ICO? Check out our conversation with two students: Damaris Benitez and Hannah Hays

4th Year: Externships
4th Year: Externships

4th Year: Externships

Now finished with coursework, Hannah and Damaris enter their fourth and final year at ICO and embark on externships. Hannah begins her rotation at a Visionworks office in North Carolina. Damaris talks about beginning her rotation in Chicago as she walks around the Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Final Episode: Hannah and Damaris Reflect
Final Episode: Hannah and Damaris Reflect

Final Episode: Hannah and Damaris Reflect

Hannah and Damaris' final reflections on their four years at the Illinois College of Optometry.