Q: What made you choose the College of Education & Human Development to earn your graduate degree?
A: “The Atlanta location was my primary motivating factor, and the excellent post-grad employment and PRAXIS pass rate was the second deciding factor.”
Q: What has been your favorite moment during your graduate program (in class, in an internship/experience in your field, etc.)?
A: “Hands down, working with the students at the Atlanta Children’s Shelter. They were the hardest working, most intelligent, most rewarding group of students it has ever been my pleasure to interact with.”
Q: What is one interesting fact/detail you’ve learned about the field of communication sciences and disorders?
A: “The field is so widely misunderstood, and people generally do not know the full extent of the responsibilities and scope of practice of a speech-language pathologist.”
Q: How do you plan to move lives forward after you complete your degree?
A: “My goal is to work with underserved populations such as the Trans community, people dealing with degenerative mental disorders and especially people of color who are chronically underserved by every medical and therapeutic profession.”
Q: What’s one fun fact about yourself you’d like to share?
A: “I did not start off with the intent to pursue communication sciences and disorders as a career or even a course of study. I received my bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Emory University close to 10 years ago, and only decided to pursue communication sciences and disorders after a family member who was in need of high-quality speech-language services did not receive them.”
This story is one in a series on College of Education & Human Development graduate students.