Name: Veena Bokka 2023 Student Visionary Spotlight

Class Year: 2023

What is your specialty or area of focus (if applicable)?
Pediatrics, Ocular Disease

List the award(s) / scholarship(s) you have received
Dr. Sandra Goldman Cohen '82 Memorial Scholarship

What does receiving this award or scholarship mean to you?
It means that someone else also believes in me enough to support my future and dreams, and it is a blessing to have this type of support.

What drew you to the field of optometry?
I have always been interested in pediatrics. I felt if I could step in and help a child to see better when they are young I would be guiding them on a road to success.

What are your plans following graduation?
I would like to pursue a residency because I am interested in teaching. My first job was being a tutor so teaching is a life long passion of mine.

What advice would you give incoming or prospective optometry students?
While in Optometry school you are is such a privileged place in your career where even your mistakes can be great learning experiences. It is ok to not know everything but come in ready to learn. Don't take your mistakes personally and don't downplay your achievements. Always remember how far you have come and be excited for how far you will go.