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Why I chose to become a resident

There’s a lot of buzz these days about doing a residency. While it may still be optional, an increasing number of graduates are choosing to partake in this additional year of training. I suspect there’s no financial incentive, although, making some money is better than making none. Instead, people are realizing that a residency provides an accelerated knowledge base straight out of optometry school.

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Sloan Rajadhyksha
Associate Editor, Students of Optometry for Sloan Rajadhyksha is a California native and Berkeley graduate currently completing her residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation at SUNY. She has been an active leader in the optometric student community; her current roles include being Founder of Optometry Student Network and President of SOLutioN. Sloan's passion within optometry lies with private practice and helping students build connections across the country.


  1. Great expose Sloan! We’ve been taught that when challenges arise, we must “rise up” and “push harder”; yet so much of higher education is a mental game and that strategy doesn’t always work. The ability to change your mindset shows how you are growing and learning already! I think you’ll be well on your way to a great year. Best of luck!