Mark Nagy ’17
“It is hard to believe that it has been just over four years since my graduation from Ursinus College. I graduated as a neuroscience major, had minors in biology and Japanese, and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. I learned so much during my time in and out of class and was fortunate enough to have unforgettable experiences such as independent research during Summer Fellows and a semester abroad at Akita International University. I have made lifelong friends and had great relationships from my professors that I never thought would be possible at college.
Soon after graduation, I found myself back in the classroom as a first-year optometry student at Salus University. Joining me was my brother; despite graduating from Rutgers two years prior. He ended up sharing my passion for optometry and got accepted into the same entering class. The next few years that followed would be some of the most challenging of my life, but my strong foundation from Ursinus gave me the confidence I needed to excel in my exams and clinical experiences. As I neared the start of my fourth year, I spent three months studying with hopes to pass my Part 1 National Board exam. Two days before the scheduled exam date, the pandemic had reached its full swing in March of 2020 and my exam was postponed for the foreseeable future. My clinical rotations were delayed and cut short, and social distancing measures reduced the patient count significantly. I tried my best to keep a level head during the ordeal and made the most out of the situation to get as much clinical experience as possible. When exams opened back up in August, I spent another few months studying and proceeded to pass all three of my board examinations. In May 2021, I graduated magna cum laude as a doctor of optometry and became a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa optometric honor society.
My experiences at Ursinus gave me confidence and independence. I relied on these skills during the pandemic and am extremely grateful to my professors who helped instill such traits in me. I am proud of my alma mater and am excited to start the next chapter when I start working as an optometrist in Orlando, Fla. this August. In the coming years I plan to open a private practice together with my good friend, Nick, and my brother, Andrew.” - Mark Nagy ’17