Journey to the USA
Journey to Pursue the Eye Care Career
After completing her master’s degree in microbiology from the University of North Texas, she embarked on a path as a clinical researcher in a hematology lab at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Simultaneously, she vigorously pursued admission into a Ph.D. program, which marked a pivotal juncture in her journey. During this crucial phase, she met her now-husband at a church fellowship. He shared his enthusiasm for science and passion for the medical domain and introduced her to optometry. The circumstances led them to jointly seek admission and enrollment at the Southern California College of Optometry, now Marshall B. Ketchum University. In retrospect, this choice was one of the most consequential and rewarding decisions she has ever made.
After decades dedicated to the eyecare profession, her fascination and wonderment in examining patients’ eyes, often regarded as the “windows to the soul,” have remained undiminished. The eye, a marvel of the creator’s design and biological engineering, is one of the smallest organs in the human body, with an average size of approximately two-thirds that of a standard ping-pong ball. Yet, it exerts profound control over our learning processes, cognition, and everyday activities. Our eyes, resembling miniature mirrors, faithfully reflect the systemic functions of the entire body.
Practicing in Southern California allowed her to engage with a diverse tapestry of patients from various races, cultures, and backgrounds. Through these interactions, she deepened her appreciation that, regardless of our outward appearance or personal preferences, the basic anatomy of our eyes is the same. Shall we call the human race one race? She queried.
Her love for her profession in eye care is unwavering, and the cherished relationships she has cultivated with countless individuals over the years continue to be a source of profound fulfillment and inspiration.
Journey to be an Author
From her earliest years, Eichin was drawn to the captivating biographies of famous historical figures who had overcome arduous trials through the rich saga of their narratives, each thread woven with resilience and triumph. She also enjoyed reflecting on quotes that challenged her thinking and sparked her imagination, igniting her curiosity and providing intellectual stimulation.
Even in her formative years, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she answered without hesitation: a writer. She wrote short stories and essays for youth publications and was thrilled when they got published during elementary school. That fueled her writer’s dream. But then, everything changed. In junior high, her confidence was shattered when all her submissions were rejected. Concurrently, her fascination with science emerged, guiding her toward academic exploration in the science and health fields.
Years later, as a practicing optometrist, Eichin realized that every patient had a unique story to tell. Their eyes were windows into their souls, reflecting their experiences and emotions. This awakening rekindled her latent passion for storytelling. To Eichin, the mantle of an author transcends mere words on a page; it embodies a profound commitment to purposeful storytelling. “Writing is an art of meaningful sharing—of the writer’s thoughts, heart, and soul—with readers. It is also an exercise in attentive observation, a journey of curiosity and intensity,” she once articulated. With this unwavering philosophy, she embarks on a literary voyage, crafting tales that resonate with the essence of humanity.
Journey to a Psychology Graduate Study
As an optometrist, Eichin witnessed firsthand the intricate interplay between mind and body. She observed how different people decoded the same image differently. Various people may perceive the same image or object in myriad ways, even if they have the same level of vision. Their past experiences cast unique shades upon their interpretations. Their perceptions are a product of their life experiences.
Eichin also glimpsed the transformational power of a child’s early experiences. A child in foster care, in stark contrast to one nurtured in the warmth of a secure family environment, would unveil distinct behaviors, emotions, actions, and reactions during an examination. Even though the foster parents could have provided the best care, the shadow of their early life experiences still inescapably overtook them. The imprint of childhood trauma could cast long shadows over an individual’s overall well-being, etching its influence across the expanse of their lives.
The tendrils of stress or the weight of a devastating event could manifest in peculiar ways, from eye twitches to hysterical blindness.
Eichin’s curiosity about the human mind led her temporarily to pause her creative writing and embark on a two-year pursuit of a master’s degree in psychology with a focus on developmental psychology.
With this newfound wisdom, Eichin is passionate about sharing her knowledge to promote mental health awareness and help people improve their mental health and live a happy and fulfilling life.