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As a PA, husband to an Optometrist and brother-in-law to a few others I'd say I have a pretty unique perspective here. If you're vacillating between these two professions, you're a fool. They are not alike, offer little in practice similarity across the spectrum and are Didactically not too similar. There is no equivalent to Optics in PA school. IMHO optometry school is a different animal. Assuming a student can do either is a mistake.

 

I'll tell you this, mark my words, if you're heart isn't in it, don't do it. You'll be sorry.

 

I'm not. I simply stated that optometry school isn't right for me.

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I'd never get in. Even if I did, it'd be lengthy and during that time I'd have to deal with being in the competitive environment that is med school. It was never a realistic consideration or goal for me.

 

That right there is why we don't think your heart is in it. It's a good advice to take a year off to put together a very strong application. Not only will you be happy you did it, you will also be sure of your choice if you had a year to think about it and work towards it, not just a few days. Careers are not decided on that fast. You have to be able to say "Why would I want to go to med school?" not "I'd never get in." :)

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...I thought the post was about the OP looking for the right school, not "please question my motivations for PA school".

 

Thanks Gator. I'm aware that it's late in the game. I'd be stupid not to continue looking into the field, do some more shadowing, etc. I was just looking to find out if there is a school for me, despite my limited experience with hands on HCE. I feel that the exploration that I have done has shown me what I DON'T want to do as a profession. I view this as a strength. I'm still very young and though it upsets me that I haven't known exactly what I wanted to do with my life, I believe that it is to be expected. A lot of my friends are having kids and getting married young, but I am fortunate enough to be free from responsibility, which enables me to change my career path on a dime, decide to take a year off, etc., without consequence.

 

Thanks again for the support.

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That right there is why we don't think your heart is in it. It's a good advice to take a year off to put together a very strong application. Not only will you be happy you did it, you will also be sure of your choice if you had a year to think about it and work towards it, not just a few days. Careers are not decided on that fast. You have to be able to say "Why would I want to go to med school?" not "I'd never get in." :)

 

That doesn't jive with my logic. It isn't a realistic option for me. I won't spend time thinking about it. There is a philosophy that urges one to focus upon utilizing one's strengths, rather than spending tens of thousands of hours trying to build up weaknesses. I live by that.

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What philosophy got you to the point where a professor talked you i to heading towards a path you weren't sure about? The more you learned about research, the more you realized it wasn't for you... Your bold ideas are problematic.

 

That was about money. I was 19 years old. Someone was offering me tens of thousands of dollars toward my education. My thought at the time was "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I'd be stupid to pass this up." I kept an open mind. I don't regret my decision. I learned a lot from it, and I'm better for it.

 

 

 

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