Emily is one of the alumni who helped to found our school, and she has known since high school that she wanted to study communication sciences and disorders. She continues her studies to become a certified speech-language pathologist!
Emily is one of the alumni who helped to found our school, and she has returned many times since graduating as a volunteer, then as a part-time employee to support our summer camp and after-school program. Last spring she graduated from James Madison University with honors having earned a BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Exceptional Education and was accepted into the Master’s program of Speech-Language at Loyola University Maryland. She took a few minutes to share her excitement about her next step in becoming a certified speech-language pathologist, and how St. Anne’s has helped her along the way.
I knew since high school that I wanted to work with people in the speech and language profession. I’ve always been interested in languages, how people communicate and helping them to communicate. I found I have an ear for hearing phonetic variance, as well as transcribing, which is the basis for assessment and developing therapies for individuals with communication disorders.
A Master’s is required to be certified a speech-language pathologist, and in May I was excited to learn that I had been accepted to Loyola U. MD. Loyola has a really good program that has many clinical opportunities to work with different populations and varying communication disorders. We work with surrounding schools in the Baltimore area. In this profession, I could be in a hospital, a nursing home, early intervention, in a school, or in private practice. I will get all of this experience in graduate school. I’m really looking forward to that.
I always tell everyone that I use more of my knowledge from St Anne’s than from high school! Even in college, I was using what I learned in Ms. Standora’s class about dependent and independent variables. I think I also gained the courage to make bonds with my professors. This community is so close-knit, and the teachers know everything about you (in a good way), so that caused me to want to create bonds with my professors so that I would go to them when I needed help, as I would a St. Anne’s teacher.
Congratulations Emily, we know you will excel at Loyola, and beyond!
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