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Doctor of Optometry/Master of Public Health program student Taylor.

Student Spotlight: Taylor Hall, Optometry '20

  • Ever since she put on her first pair of glasses, Taylor Hall, Optometry '20 knew she wanted to be an optometrist.

    That was in her junior year of high school, and she’s been working toward her dream ever since. Now a third-year student in the Doctor of Optometry/Master of Public Health program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), she’s focused on the big picture.

    “I have an interest in ocular surface disease and contact lenses, but really, my ultimate goal is to make people feel as good as I did when I got my first pair of glasses, no matter where I am practicing in the future,” said Hall. “My mission is to help people improve their quality of life, and I believe better vision and ocular health is a great place to start!”

    We sat down with Taylor to hear her insight into the optometry program at MCPHS.

    What excites you about the field of Optometry?

    I am really excited to help people see, especially those that never thought they would be able to have such visual clarity. This profession allows me to help people in a way that truly improves their quality of life and to make a positive difference in every patient.

    Tell us about the Optometry program at MCPHS.

    Our program here is just as it felt when I interviewed. It is truly a strong-built community among our students and faculty, and we are all about trying to grow the program the best we can. All the professors push us to be our very best which in turn shows how much they care on giving us the best education. We are a small class, so that time working to be better also makes us closer. The program here, I feel, is very well integrated and we are definitely growing and improving things every year.

    What are your professors like?

    Our professors have a pretty open-door policy and seem so compassionate about our education and our leadership. Each of them set very high expectations for us and are very tough with intentions to make us the very best. Numerous professors go out of their way to be available to help us, and that goes a long way for me.

    What is your favorite thing about the Worcester campus?

    I really love that we have 24/7 access to the pre-clinics starting in our first year. It makes it easy to practice our skills at our convenience. The campus is small, and the optometry rooms are all located close together, which makes the day flow smoother too.

    Are you involved in extracurricular activities on campus?

    I’m very involved in leadership and student government. I serve as AOSA Trustee and as Ambassador for visiting guests. I am a member of SVOSH and support our very strong Private Practice Club.

    Why did you choose the optometry program at MCPHS?

    When applying, I was interested in the opportunity of doing a dual degree. However, it was when I interviewed that I knew this was the right place for me. I felt like everyone was friendly, everyone knew everyone, and that it was a good community!

    The Doctor of Optometry program at our Worcester, MA, campus is a four-year, full-time program designed to prepare students with the requisite skills, experience, and confidence to practice and advance as a professional optometrist in a wide variety of clinical settings.