One amazing journey

Students from across Europe and beyond headed for Budapest in May to compete in the CooperVision European Force Final. The 2017 winner, Sara Picarazzi, describes her experiences since taking the title Force Student of the Year

My name is Sara and I am 25 years old. Last year I won the European Force competition. I never expected to win but this victory was has given me the greatest satisfaction I have so far achieved in my career and is one which I will always remember.

What was Force for me? I will try to express it in a few words: the Force competition is a unique experience that enables optometry students from all over Europe to come together. How many other, similar opportunities have you heard of? I guess not many.

Through Force, we had the opportunity to gain visibility for our research and for ourselves. A photo of all the national winners at last year’s final appeared in a magazine distributed to opticians all over my country, and in other publications across Europe.

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