So there goes another week. Before I started my application to study optometry, many then third year students warned me that the years fly by. If you recall a post made a few weeks back, both here and on my blog at www.optomstudent.co.uk , you will have seen that I have definitely noticed that. The worrying thing is, writing that post seemed like yesterday, not two weeks ago. So why am I finding this flying time such a concern? Well, every Monday dispensing lecture we have, our lecturer kindly reminds us that it is x number of weeks until our practical exams. I think from today we are only 5 weeks away. Although I know how to do the techniques likely to be examined, there is (like with any examination) that level of fear coursing through my body. Then there is the fact that as of two weeks, there will be no more lectures for a particular module, with other lecture modules slowly rounding up their content not long after. It is hard to believe that I have nearly finished 1/3 of the course content already. But this feeling of time rushing by isn’t just down to the fear of the exams. It’s also because I am enjoying myself. There hasn’t really been a day where I haven’t wanted to get out of bed to go into the classes. I work hard on the coursework and am marvelled at how much research has been carried out on the eye as well as the shape of things to come. The craving for knowledge and the ambition to reach my end target are enough to motivate me to attend (even if I am tired, having spent most of the night applying the finishing touches to an assignment!). So let the time fl;, a healthy mix of satisfaction that I am on the right path to achieving the career I’ve wanted for so long and that of the pre-exam nerves are just accelerants to fuel speeding up the time between being a first year student to becoming a second year student. I just have to keep enjoying the ride!