Q: What made you choose the College of Education & Human Development to earn your graduate degree?
A: “My program offers a unique opportunity for students who don’t have a background in this field to learn everything they need to know to be successful. I received my undergraduate degree in public health and took all the prerequisites I needed last year, so I’m in my master’s-level courses this year. I’ve enjoyed getting to know my faculty members while I’m getting acclimated to the university. I’m really enjoying my experience at Georgia State so far.”
Q: What has been your favorite moment during your graduate program (in class, in an internship/experience in your field, etc.)?
A: “I think my favorite moments so far have been when I connect the dots from what I observed while shadowing last year to the material that I am currently learning in class. It’s been an enlightening experience to see how it all connects.”
Q: What is one interesting fact/detail you’ve learned about the field of communication sciences and disorders?
A: “Communication sciences and disorders is a broad field, so there are a lot of different options and settings that I can work in after I graduate. I’m glad that I’m able to switch to different settings or specialize and focus on a specific population or disorder.”
Q: How do you plan to move lives forward after you complete your degree?
A: “I’m not sure what setting I want to be in but wherever I work, I want to be a competent clinician. My learning won’t end the day I graduate; as long as I’m a speech-language pathologist, I’ll be continuing to learn. I want to build connections with compassion and empathy, advocate for my clients and help build their self-advocacy.”
Q: What’s one fun fact about yourself you’d like to share?
A: “I’m planning to visit all 50 states in the U.S. I’ve been to 12 so far and I’ve got a lot to go. After COVID-19, I want to go to California first and travel as much as possible.”
This story is one in a series on College of Education & Human Development graduate students.