"Being successful is having a job that I love going to, and working with people that I enjoy spending time with. It's about making sure that I have a good work-life balance, and have the means to relax or travel with my family and friends."
Laurence works as an Optometrist at Acuity Eyecare.
What led you to study at the University of Melbourne?
The University of Melbourne's reputation preceded it. I had heard about it's history and impressive alumni long before I had even chosen my Year 12 subjects. At the Open Day I was inspired by the history of its buildings, the enthusiasm of it's staff and the boundless resources that would be available to me. There was never really a thought to study elsewhere.
What are your strongest memories of your time at the University of Melbourne?
My strongest and fondest memories at the University are the times I spent with my friends, both in class, on placement or just lounging around in the common room. I was lucky enough to make some lifelong friends at the University, and it's those memories I have with them during my time studying that I cherish most.
What goals did you set yourself when you finished University and have you stuck to that plan? Upon graduating I set myself some simple goals:
1. Get a job in a supportive environment that encouraged a fun family-friendly vibe and allowed for a balanced lifestyle
2. Gain experience and put myself in challenging situations to learn
3. Form meaningful relationships with my patients, rather than just treating them as a pair of eyes I'm a couple of years in and I'm happy to say that I have achieved all of the above and look forward to setting new goals as my career evolves
What/who motivated you at University?
My first year pre-clinical supervisor Dr Kwang Cham is responsible for the work ethic and skills that I have developed over the years. He set the bar high and although it was tough at times, it was the best thing that could have happened to any of us in the course as it forced us out of our comfort zone and allowed us to get the best out of ourselves. Friendly competition between friends is also a good motivator, and again pushed us to achieve more than what we could have imagined possible.
What advice do you have for current students?
My advice for current students is simple: enjoy uni life. Make the most of it as it goes quickly. I did two degrees and they went by in a flash. So yes study hard and achieve good grades, but remember to stop and smell the roses. Join a committee, attend social events, stay after class for the end of semester BBQ..remember your career, just like life, is a marathon, not a sprint....so enjoy the journey!
What would you say is your greatest accomplishment since graduating?
My greatest accomplishment is proving to myself that I am good enough to practice as a solo optometrist soon after graduating. I realised that I did have the knowledge, ability and self-confidence to manage tricky situations and patients. I now thoroughly enjoy making the final decisions on how to manage and treat patients in a way that I think works best for them, something that I thought I would never be comfortable with.
What does being successful mean to you?
Being successful is having a job that I love going to, and working with people that I enjoy spending time with. It's about making sure that I have a good work-life balance, and have the means to relax or travel with my family and friends.