Alumni are some of the best people to talk to when trying to decide whether or not the Pacific experience is for you. The Alumni Spotlight will highlight a variety of PUCO alums... asking them about their time at Pacific, what they're doing now, and more. We think they are some of the smartest, most fun optometrists out there.
This week I am thrilled to introduce you to Dr. Jordan Keith.
Name: Jordan Keith
Year of PUCO Graduation: 2008
Current Job: Assistant Professor of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry
What about your PUCO education most helps you in your day-to-day work? Since I am now a teacher, the fact that I was educated at Pacific. I feel my didactic education was well thought out, organized, and delivered by motivated, gifted, passionate teachers. The culture there had a family feel, which made it a comfortable and enjoyable place to learn. Although I am mostly involved in clinical education, I hope I create that sense of community spirt with my students.
Favorite PUCO Memory: In the classroom? Dr. Goodwin having us yell "Which is better, one or two?" as a class during our first refraction lecture in second year only to have the third years answer "1" by yelling through the wall! We were finally in the know.
Outside the classroom? The annual ski-trip to Mt. Bachelor near Bend, OR. My birthday fell over that weekend every year. What a way to celebrate it. Pacific students know how to have fun.
Favorite PUCO Class: Systemic Disease with Drs. Smith and Lingel. They were such good teachers. I enjoyed going to every lecture.
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If I was going to start optometry school at Pacific again tomorrow, I would make sure to bring outdoors gear. Oreogn is the most beautiful part of the country to explore.
As well as I remember, the Pacific University logo, “Boxer”, is a Chinese mythical beast. One mean looking dog. Be afraid.
The perfect PUCO student is balanced. Grades are important, but the person behind the grades is just as important. As a former PUCO Admissions Committee member, I can tell you that they really look deeply into each applicant and consider the complete package.
The most important thing I have learned about being an optometrist is how much of an impact we can make on people. Literally bringing kids, parents, and even our tough veterans to tears with what we can do for them. Our scope is wide and affects just about everyone.
Are you willing to allow prospective students to shadow you to meet their required 30 hours of unpaid observation for admission? If yes, what city and state do you live in? If you don't mind observing at ICO....yes! Chicago, IL.If you are located in the Chicago area and are interested in observing Dr. Keith, please contact us.
Also, please note that Dr. Keith's hometown is originally Minot, North Dakota, an area that is currently being devastated by flooding. Our best wishes go out to Dr. Keith, and the entire community of Minot.