The stories behind why students choose to attend ICO are as unique as the individuals themselves. That’s why we launched our new video series Crossing Lines in December–to demonstrate to prospective students the diversity of our student body. The series is unscripted, the goal being for subjects to offer an authentic, unfiltered look of the decision-making process and what life’s really like now that they’re at ICO.
Featured students run the gamut, from a hockey-mad French Canadian to a transfer student from New York to a Southern Californian whose pre-optometry friends all opted for programs back home.
“I truly feel that the only way to get where I need to go is to elevate or give assistance to those around me,” says ‘Crossing Lines’ subject and Chicago native Chris Bugajski ’15. “If I can somehow make an impact on a kid from Chicago, then I have done my job. I was once that kid, and someone made an impact on me.
“The entire series shows people from all races, genders and socioeconomic backgrounds united under one seal, that of optometry and specifically that of ICO. The hopeful optometrist can identify himself or herself with one of us, and then take that next step and say, ‘I can do that, too!’”