Last weekend was Burke's white coat ceremony. After a long and very difficult first year, he is now officially a second year and allowed to shadow and participate in the patient clinic.
At the ceremony, they gave some really interesting stats. Burke's class hit a record with the highest average gpa of every optometry class OSU has ever had. In addition, his class had the highest average gpa of all the other first year optometry classes in the nation. They also had the second highest average OAT (like the MCAT) scores in the nation. (He's on the far left, second from the top.)
Needless to say, Burke has a very competitive, hard working, and intelligent class. Now that he has the foundational science year behind him, Burke knows he learned so much this past year and says he finally feels like he's on his way to becoming a doctor. :)
We are excited. We have a long summer break together before he starts back again in the fall. This has been a year of so much growth in many ways for us. The ceremony was a great way to sum it all up and see how far we've come. We're excited to have some time together this summer and then look forward to what the next year will bring.
As proud Ohioans, Go Bucks!