Student Year/Workplace: Final year optometry student at UNSW.
Favourite Disease: Keratitis, especially HSK due to its unique clinical presentation.
What about Optometry really grinds your gears? (if any!): When patients are noncompliant with treatments. I am one of them when it comes to warm compresses...
What drives your passion for Optometry? Since I was a kid, my goal is to contribute something positive to the world, and optometry allows me to do that. Simple acts like prescribing glasses can improve someone’s quality of life immensely. Optometrists are also capable of detecting and managing sight-threatening (and occasionally life-threatening) conditions which are amazing skills to have - and I wanted to be able to do that.
Something you discovered about uni not everyone may know? The friendships we build here can change our life for the better. My friends are my family in Sydney. Not only do we study together during the 5 years of our optometry degree, but we also lift each other up as we navigate through our 20s (which I think we can all agree is a very confusing time!).
So say hi to everyone, be kind and open to new experiences. You never know where it will lead you!
What is your go to place for food at uni? 'Stellini' pasta bar at lower campus and 'Laksa Delight' in upper campus. And Caffe Brioso (aka the Coffee Cart) for a quick pick-me-up!
Something others may not know about you: I do pole dancing and want to perform/compete one day!
What song do you play that instantly lifts your mood? High Hopes by Panic! At The Disco.