Name: Stuti Patel 2026 Student Visionary Spotlight

Class Year: 2026

List the award(s) / scholarship(s) you have received
Eyes on New York Scholarship

What does receiving this award or scholarship mean to you?
I am very grateful and appreciative for this scholarship and it truly speaks for all of the hard work that I have done during my undergrad years until now. This scholarship will further motivate me to work even harder to achieve my goals in Optometry School. Being chosen as the recipient of this award means a lot to me because it will help me achieve a higher education in the field I want.

What are your plans following graduation?
Following graduation, I hope to work in the field for a few years and then to open up a few practices on my own once I have gained experience working in the field. I hope to inspire more people to become optometrists as well because this field is ever growing. I would also like to work in a speciality perhaps contact lenses or pediatrics.

What advice would you give incoming or prospective optometry students?
My advice to upcoming optometry students would be to do everything in small steps and create outlines or study materials for lectures as you go because when midterms come around, you don't want to waste time creating study material. This has helped me save time during exams because I can just start studying formula sheets, outlines, or flashcards I made for the class rather than making them at that time.