Elizabeth was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA in 2013 with a degree in Biology. She is currently in her third year at UC Berkeley School of Optometry and will be graduating in 2018. In her spare time Elizabeth is a museum enthusiast, a concert-goer, a budding guitarist, an avid lounger, and a trier of new things.
- Why are you passionate about optometry?
My passion for optometry stems from my desire to help people. I began wearing glasses at a young age, so I feel that I can relate to many of the vision struggles that patients will often see an optometrist for. Good vision allows people to be more productive at work and improves overall quality of life. Optometry offers people relatively non-invasive options to sharpen visual clarity. Moreover, examining the retina allows optometrists to monitor progression of systemic diseases like hypertension and diabetes which are becoming increasingly more common in today’s population.
- What do you like most about mentorship?
I think that the most exciting aspect of mentorship is being able to watch someone learn and grow. I also like feeling that I helped someone succeed. I am always grateful when someone takes the time to mentor me, and I would like to do the same for others.
- What made you want to join the HGA team?
I wanted to take this opportunity to be a resource for students interested in pursuing optometry, especially for those who need a bit more guidance in the optometry school application process or for students who are curious about what optometry entails and what it is like to be an optometry student. HGA does a great job in connecting mentees to mentors.
- What is something you wish you had been told before starting optometry school?
Since private practice is a large part of optometry, I wish I had the chance to take business classes in undergrad to establish a better understanding of how to run a small business like an optometry office. Oftentimes this knowledge is gained more from networking with practicing doctors than from the school curriculum.