NSU Halmos College of Arts and Sciences (HCAS) Alumni


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Carina Grand


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NSU Major

BS Biology, MS Biological Sciences

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For as long as I can remember I have had a love for optometry. Growing up with my grandparents, who are both practicing optometrists, provided me with the exposure and experience to realize that optometry was the profession I wanted to pursue. During my senior year at NSU I knew that I wanted to strengthen my application and academic background to make the transition into optometry school a successful one. I applied to the Masters in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Health Studies program, and it has exposed me to courses such as neuroscience, immunobiology, and pathophysiology- which I never had the chance to take during my time as an undergraduate. By expanding my knowledge in courses I will have to take again- such as anatomy- and exposing me to the deeper level of understanding required in graduate school, this program has built my confidence heading into optometry school. During this program I decided to apply to optometry school and have received an acceptance to Midwestern University Chicago College of Optometry. I am thankful that the master’s degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Health Studies has given me an edge and confidence in accomplishing my goal of becoming an optometrist.


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