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In Chicago


There are many reasons to love Chicago — its food, its neighborhoods, but mostly we love it here because of the people you’ll meet. Few optometry schools in the nation will provide you with such a diverse array of patients. We are on the South Side for one fundamental reason: our commitment to the Bronzeville community and our surrounding neighborhoods.
 
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Discover a day in the life.

Chicago is a big city, and no two students will experience it in quite the same way. All the same, in four years you will make it your own. Here are just a few views of what a day in the life at ICO might look like. 
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'Twas the night before exams

Acing the boards and lessons learned from softball.
Bri Buckley, OD '20
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Six lessons learned during my first five weeks

How to take breaks and how to study.
Rachel Shackelford, OD '23
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Developing Clinical Skills: 1 or 2

Lessons learned from a beginner refractionist.
Alek Karthikeyan, OD '23
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A glimpse into externship selections

Choosing the right externships for you.
Kashifa Ansari, OD '23
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Student Housing

Students either choose to live in the RC or to live in their own rented apartment. Either way, most students choose to stay near ICO. 
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We're excited to have you join us!

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It takes a lot of hard work and commitment to become an optometrist. It also takes a strong support network. We want to make sure that you do well not only in school, but also that you live well throughout your four years here. 
 
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Find your group.

Volunteer, network, travel, or serve the local community. There are so many opportunities to get involved at ICO.
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Recreation & Fitness

From lifting in the gym to one-on-one trainings with fit coaches, there are many opportunities to take care yourself physically. 
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Health & Safety

You can only succeed in optometry school if you also take care of your health and remain safe. We work hard to build a safe and healthy environment so that you feel supported throughout your time at ICO. 
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