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First year

Time to cast my memory back two years ago to give an idea of what first year is like studying optometry. There is now a preliminary year, called Year 0, for those on 4 year course, but I didn’t do it and only started last year so can’t tell you personal experience of it. It

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Open days

A little while back I posted about making the all important decision about what to study and where (see here). In which I made the point that you should go and visit any university you are thinking of studying at, ideally before you apply there. The first open day gives you a feel of the

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Welcome back

This really should start with happy New Year but given that it’s a week and a half into the January it feels a bit wrong but it’s been done now, I think I got away with that. I spent Christmas down in Cardiff before heading up to see my family in Scotland and then back

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Peek retina

This is a bit of a personal blog about something I am interested in rather than what is going on with me at university, although it is linked to my dissertation choice. For my dissertation I am looking at whether you can use a smartphone as an alternative to take pictures of the back of

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Eyeopener and AFTAs

Around this time of the year every year, optometry students from all over the country descend on a Centre Parcs for the AOP’s annual Eyeopener conference. It is aimed at 2nd year students (3rd year from Glasgow Caledonian) and provides a lot of information about what you can do with optometry as a career other

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Varsity

No, not the one you are probably thinking of or even the second one, this is the prestigious Boots Optom vs Pharmacy varsity that is now in it’s second year and happened this last weekend here in Cardiff. In this ultimate test of sporting prowess OPSOC and WPSA (the pharmacy society) battle it out for

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Sparks in the park

Sparks in the Park is the annual fireworks display organised by the Cardiff Round Table and held in Bute Park – Coopers field to be precise. The event kicks off with a children’s firework display and then the giant bonfire is lit. Whilst waiting for the main event there are plenty of fairground rides to

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Decisions, decisions

I’m sure a lot of A level students reading this are trying to work out what they want to study for a degree, where to study and what to do for the rest of their career and possibly panicking a fair amount. Whilst I can’t help with the last two, although they may follow from

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