I first heard the term “Speech Therapy” when I was a child in elementary school, in my eyes going to speech therapy was a place where a few of my classmates got to leave class and essentially go play. I always wanted to be a part of that, but I never got to be. Years later I watched my Grandmother suffer from a stroke and lose all of her abilities to speak.
Today, that term means so much more to me. I want to be a Speech-Language Pathologist because helping people always makes me feel like I am making the most out of life. I want to be able to leave behind a legacy of inspiration. I also have chosen to pursue a career in speech pathology because of my Grandmother.
For years I watched her suffer with little ways of communication, it was complicated and exhausting on my family. I knew if I could help one family not have to experience the same pain mine did I would feel rewarded, not only to my satisfaction, but my Grandmothers’ too. I should be admitted into the Speech-Language Pathology Program because of my passion for the profession.
For me, entering the profession of Speech Pathology is much more than a simple career choice and has required that I overcome obstacles. As the first of two children to graduate with a degree, achieving my Bachelor Degree in Communication and Sciences Disorders from Ohio University was a major accomplishment. Throughout my four years at the university, I studied nursing. It was a major that I felt would lead to on a prestigious career path and one I knew would make my family proud, considering many members of my family are nurses. However, I soon realized I was not passionate about nursing.
I spent a lot of time soul-searching and volunteering to try to find my passion. Once my Grandmother passed away I finally came to the conclusion of what I wanted to pursue, and knew this was something I was passionate about. I have not only thought about other career options, but I have begun to pursue them as well. Still, I come back to a profession that is near and dear to my heart and I am confident I will excel within this profession. If accepted, I would contribute my determination, passion, and personality into every aspect of the program, academically I will excel in all of my classes.
My volunteer experience will be woven into all of my work. I will use my life experiences and family to motivate me to push myself further. I am determined to succeed in a career I feel happy doing every day. As a child, watching my Grandmother work with Speech-Language Pathologists to help her speak again, I never realized it would be my future career. To me they were magical people that helped changed others current lives.
Since then I have developed a much more mature understanding of the therapy, I still sense a bit of magic when I daydream about how far I have come and where I am about to go. I am fortunate to have found a profession that will continue to inspire me to wake up every day and make something good happen.