Name: Daipaul Brown 2026 Student Visionary Spotlight

Class Year: 2026

List the award(s) / scholarship(s) you have received
SUNY Optometry Anniversary Scholarship

What does receiving this award or scholarship mean to you?
Receiving this scholarship has truly been a blessing. I'm grateful and pleasantly surprised by the amount of support this community has provided. Seeing how much of an impact this generous donation has had on my life inspires me to pay it forward in the future.

What drew you to the field of optometry?
Many of my family members have been diagnosed with eye diseases which sparked my interest in the field. Through various shadowing opportunities, I was able to see how much of an impact I would be able to have on a patient's eyesight as well as their daily life.

What are your plans following graduation?
Following graduation, I am planning on returning to upstate NY and applying to a larger practice in order to sharpen my skill set as well as gain wisdom from those who have been in the field for a longer period of time.

What was your most transformative experience during optometry school?
Although I have been a member of the SUNY community for only a semester, this program has been a life-changing experience. Seeing how far my peers and I have grown in terms of maturity and our ability to incorporate and apply new information is truly a unique experience.

What advice would you give incoming or prospective optometry students?
My advice would be to make sure you're on top of all of your coursework and to ensure that you remain organized.