This section will spotlight a student who has come through the Health Professions Advising office at CSUF on their journey to professional school, and wishes to share his or her experiences and advice with current and future students.
Crystal Woo - Future Optometrist
Hello Pre-Health Professional Titans!
My name is Crystal Woo and I am a Korean-American student studying the Biological Sciences, with the goal to pursue a health professional career.
Since I was in high school, I have been actively involved in missions abroad to help some of the underserved communities in Mexico and Panama. From those opportunities, I had the privilege of working alongside medical professionals who served these communities, giving access to basic necessities that they otherwise would not have access to. Through these missions, I was compelled to also become a health professional and serve in communities that needed it most in our country and abroad.
During my time here at CSUF, I acted upon my desire to learn about the various health professions by joining the Student Health Professions Association. There, I learned about many health professions that I never even thought to consider as career paths. Through SHPA, and exploring various career paths, I fell in love with optometry. I learned more about the profession by shadowing various Doctors of Optometry and through each experience, I realized that optometry is a profession that I could commit the rest of my life to.
I acted upon this passion and decided to further the profession by founding our very own pre-optometry club on campus, with the goal to educate, expose and advance the understanding of optometry amongst the students at CSUF and those who are interested in pursuing optometry. In addition to my involvement on campus, I have also been working at a private optometry practice as an optometric assistant.
I applied to optometry programs the summer before my senior year of college. Throughout the process, I consulted with the Health Professions office as well as the admissions teams of the optometry programs that I was applying to. A few weeks after submitting my application, I was offered interviews at both the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) and Western University College of Optometry (WUCO). After my interview at SCCO, I was offered a seat in the program, which I happily accepted as it had been my dream school since my sophomore year of college.
My word of advice to any aspiring health professional is to pursue your passions and make sure that you know exactly what you are committing yourself to. Be involved and make a difference where you can by moving that profession of choice forward. Lastly, enjoy your time in undergrad because you only get that opportunity once in life.
Good Luck!! :)