While on a recruiting trip to Ithaca College, I shared with the coach that I wanted to pursue a major that reflected my love for science, helping others, and the medical field. She had me meet with a professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology who introduced me to this amazing field. The professor pointed out the myriad of settings to work in, described the study of communication, and attempted to explain the indescribable feeling that comes with helping others heal and rehabilitate. After thinking about what the professor shared with me, I became aware of how important the relationship is between culture, confidence, and communication. With this realization, my journey of becoming a speech-language pathologist began.
Ithaca College provided me with countless unique experiences throughout my undergraduate career. I was fortunate to participate in the one-on-one swim buddy program for kids with disabilities through the Racker Center. I also worked with the Baking and Brain Builders program at Longview where I provided therapy for patients with dementia. I am extremely thankful for all the opportunities Ithaca College provided me and I cannot wait to pursue a master’s in the field.