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A day in the life of an IUSO optometry student

Take a peek inside a day in the life of Indiana University student, Claudia Hernandez. Claudia at the time was a third-year optometry student and holds the title of Miss Indiana University 2019.

Description of the video:

[Video: Two individuals in doctors office. The doctor is doing an eye examination on a patient.]

[Words appear: One Day/One Hoosier, October 30th, 2019, with Claudia Hernandez]

Claudia Hernandez speaks in voice over: I’m Claudia Hernandez and I’m a third year at the IU School of Optometry.

[Video: Hernandez and another person are walking together.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: And I am also Miss Indiana University 2019.

[Video: Hernandez is sitting on a chair.]

Hernandez speaks: My senior year of undergrad I knew I wanted to come to the optometry school and I applied to all of the schools around Texas because I’m from Texas.

[Words appear: Claudia Hernandez, Third-year optometry student, Miss Indiana University 2019]

[Video: Hernandez sitting at a table using a tablet.]

[Words appear: Meet Claudia! Claudia is a 3rd-year student in @iu_optometry. This morning she’s prepping for an exam in her physical assessment class. Follow our story today for a glimpse into a day in the life of this Hoosier.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voice over: and I had one particular school in mind in San Antonio, but

[Video: Hernandez walking down a hallway. School of Optometry sign in the hallway as well.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voice over: One day I just applied to IU

[Video: Hernandez is doing an eye examination on a patient]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: I don’t know what was telling me to apply, but I did and I am glad I did.

[Video: Hernandez continues doing an eye examination on a patient.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: It’s a very well established school, there’s a lot of great research that has come out of it. All the professors and faculty really made me feel like

[Video: Hernandez standing in front of IU Optometry sign.]

[Words appear: Ask Claudia a question! What extracurriculars are you involved in? Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, Lions Club in Bloomington, Kiwanis Club]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: I was going to be a part of a family and be a great contributor to the school.

[Video: Hernandez is standing in front of IU Optometry sign.]

[Words appear: Ask Claudia a Question! How/Why did you choose IU over other optometry schools?]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: So there are only 23 optometry schools in the country and IU is one of the most established and oldest ones and they have really great research and a lot of great doctors that have graduated from here. 

[Video: Hernandez is walking outside with an umbrella.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: I’ve tried to reinforce my

[Video: Hernandez sitting at a table with a tablet, books and notes.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: Platform as much as I can with the little amount of time that I have left.  

[Video: Hernandez sitting at desk.]

[Words appear: What are some of your duties as Ms. IU? Competed in Miss Indiana, make various appearances on campus, use her platform for good!]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: So something recently I did was I went to a

[Video: Hernandez and three others are standing behind a table.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: Visually impaired preschool services event and there’s families there that have children that

[Video: Table with pens, Uno cards, glasses cases and a pumpkin on it]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: Are visually impaired or legally blind and I actually got Matell which is the company that makes gameboards

[Video: Hernandez is holding a box of braille Uno cards.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: to donate some of their new braille Uno cards for our event so we can give them out.

[Video: Hernandez standing outside with an umbrella.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: So now I’m going to go home and get ready for CrossFit and I will see you there.

[Video: Inside of gym. Workout equipment is everyone and people are exercising.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: So I never thought that

[Video: Hernandez doing pull ups.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: I would love another place like I love Texas

[Video: Hernandez lifting weights.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: But now I can say that I really do love Indiana. Right here feels like a second home away from home.

[Video: Hernandez is at a desk with a tablet, books, and notes.]

[Words appear: Studying for boards. Optometry students take their boards during the spring period of their third year.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: I came knowing only one person

[Video: Hernandez and two others sitting in lecture hall talking.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: and now I know hundreds of people because of the school because of Miss IU

[Video: Hernandez posing in a crown and holding her optometry jacket.]

Hernandez continues speaking in voiceover: because of the University, I’m just really happy to be here now.]

[Video: Black screen with text.]

[Words appear: Indiana University iub.edu]

Experience Claudia Hernandez's full day

Read Claudia Hernandez's whole story here: oneday.indiana.edu/claudiah.html and you can experience Claudia's enitre day including, going to optometry classes, investigating impact of 'vision training' on sports performance and as Miss Indiana University 2019.

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Contact the Office of Student Administration

For Doctor of Optometry program admission questions or to schedule an advising appointment, please contact:

Office of Student Administration
Indiana University School of Optometry
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Bloomington, IN 47405