IUSO students hit the ground running this term with plenty of events on our social calendar. There are so many ways for you to get involved not only with your school but also with the AOSA through different events throughout the year. Here’s what we’ve been up to at IUSO:
During the first week of school, we hosted “American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) Social Night” to familiarize first year students with AOSA and the rich value of this organization. The event took place at Brothers Bar and Grill– a favorite amongst Bloomington residents. Second year students were strongly encouraged to attend in order to answer questions about the AOSA membership process and to meet with their respective big/little siblings. (Here at IU, every first year student is paired with a second year student in order to make the transition into a professional program as seamless as possible and to provide guidance along the way!) The evening was definitely a success as several of our first year students were prompted to join AOSA. IUSO would like to extend a warm thank-you to ALCON and VISTAKON for their generous sponsorship of the event.
Shortly after our AOSA membership drive, all members were invited to Oliver Winery to partake in a relaxing evening chatting with peers and sipping on a variety of wines. IUSO’s “Wine and Cheese” event is always highly anticipated, and this year was no exception. In addition to indulging in a wine tasting, all attendees were invited to take a tour of the historic winery. Because the event was held after hours, we even had the opportunity to observe the wine fermentation process- something that the public rarely sees! Not only did HOYA host our event, but our HOYA friends also raffled off a Nook and an iPod. It was definitely a win(o)-win(o) kind of night for all.
In the meantime, IUSO is preparing for our annual fall “Barn Dance” and “The EyeBall” the following semester. Our students definitely appreciate the break from the classroom, and these events allow us to do just that. We will be sure to keep you informed, but, for now, that’s all from the Hoosier State!
If you are an optometry student and have yet to join AOSA, NOW is your chance! Please speak with your school’s AOSA trustee to learn more about the registration process. AOSA acts as the premier student optometric organization- uniting optometry students from all twenty-three schools- to continuously support students, to promote and protect our profession, and to serve those with ocular needs throughout our respective communities. The AOSA website was recently renovated, and I encourage you to browse it today at www.theaosa.org, or visit AOSA on twitter using @TheAOSA. Please continue to visit the site regularly as updates are frequently posted in regards to travel grants and scholarships designed just for students. You do not want to miss out! Remember, AOSA exists to serve YOU.