Why I Chose Speech Language Pathology: VLOG

Speech language pathology is one of those fields that has so much depth and breadth, I love hearing stories of how people came to choose this career path.

This video may need to be watched in parts…but what can I say, when it comes to one’s passion, it’s hard to contain yourself!

To all interested students, grad-school hopefuls and curious people alike, discover What is speech language pathology?...and Why I Chose it!

If you’re an SLP, SLP2B, or student at any level…I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to leave comment and let me know why you chose SLP!

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Why I Chose Speech Language Pathology: VLOG

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For most of my academic life I’ve indulged in the priviledge curse of not being challenged enough. Not having to put¬†too much effort into my degrees because for the most part what I chose¬†came natural to me; writing and literature.¬†I can honestly say that I’ve not experienced much true competition in life. I was not good at many sports, and to this day I’m anti-confrontation¬†in more than one sense of the word. I attended¬†City¬†colleges and universities¬†with minimal requirements in terms of admission.¬†It didn’t take much to get accepted.¬†The¬†awesome thing¬†about City college/universities is that they try not to turn people away, they want to be all-inclusive. It was an ideal start for me in 2004, as¬†an immigrant with no real status in the United States. Eventually I got a merit-based¬†scholarship, but the college work was easy peasy. I was an Honor’s Graduate (a great¬†achievement- I sat on stage during graduation) but at an Associate College level, generally¬†not very hard to do.¬†What was the trade-off of my undergraduate education? Did I sacrifice a rigorious course load, professors who push and intimdate students to the point that they become more than sheep sitting in a classroom, and the opportunity to hear someone say “You¬†went to SuchandSuch school,¬†that’s impressive!”? I’m not sure, and I guess I will never know.

I’ve coasted. But a new leaf has turned.

My emergence into the Speech Language Pathology field was a little naivee. I really thought as a degree-bearing student the learning would come easier to me. But it’s been a ride, and last fall I was definitely in for a rude awakening. Last semester’s courseload¬†made me question whether or not to even continue because if¬†I struggle in undergraduate classes then how can I really expect to survive graduate school? Now that Graduate School decisions are still in reserve, and my future is in the hands of faculty-committees who decide if someone looks great on paper, and presents themselves with what they think it takes to be a successful clinician I wonder if I’ve been pushed to my potential in life. And if institutionally (or academically)¬†I haven’t been pushed to my potential in the past then is there a way for ME to push myself now?¬†Right now, when it matters most?

I’ve met my First Real Competition. I don’t know if Graduate School acceptance can be crossed off the short-term goal list yet. But,¬†it’s not over.

Unequivocally,

She

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