Recent Spanish Graduate Visits Honduras for Optometry Clinics

Kathryn Koslowski, who graduated in spring of 2015 with a double major in Biology and Spanish, went on a trip this summer to Honduras to help with an optometry clinic.

"Fourteen of us went to Urraco, which is a small town a little more than an hour outside of San Pedro Sula," Kathryn said. "We had four days of clinic where we saw just over 1,000 patients, most of them children who had never gotten their eyes checked before and came with their school classes. Near sightedness isn't as common there, but we gave out quite a few reading glasses and sunglasses and gave a couple dozen of referrals to adults for cataracts and other more serious problems we couldn't help with using glasses or the eye drops we brought with us."

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While there, Kathryn's graduate and undergraduate studies combined as she was able to use Spanish to translate while testing patients' eyes.

"We had a few translators helping us (mostly high-schoolers from the nearest city), and since they can't be everywhere, I got to practice my Spanish which I don't get to do a lot. I was a little rusty at first, but it came back, and the translators were always there if I needed to explain something complicated or if I didn't know a word I needed. There were three or four of us who had taken college level Spanish, but by the end of the week we had all gotten pretty good at saying "Mira mi nariz" and some other common exam phrases."

Kathryn returned from her trip and now attends optometry school at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.