Name: Kendra Kim 2025 Student Visionary Spotlight

Class Year: 2025

List the award(s) / scholarship(s) you have received
Dr. Harold Solan Memorial Scholarship

What does receiving this award or scholarship mean to you?
I am grateful for receiving this award, as this scholarship further motivates me to prioritize my education so that I can provide the highest quality of care to patients as a future optometrist.

What drew you to the field of optometry?
I pursued optometry to genuinely impact people's quality of life. With this profession's multifaceted opportunities, I am looking forward to contributing to this field from various angles including clinical practice, consulting, and marketing new optometric technology / products.

What are your plans following graduation?
I plan to complete a residency after graduation because I am highly interested in honing my skills as an optometrist, gaining in-depth knowledge on a specialty, and building relationships with mentors.

What was your most transformative experience during optometry school?
Attending the annual Academy meetings hosted by the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) allowed me to learn more about the optometric field from the clinical research and industrial perspectives, as well as connect with future colleagues from across the country. It was also an exciting experience to support SUNY faculty presenters with my peers!