Program: Master of Science in Audiology
I was fortunate to be exposed to the field of audiology early on because my mom is an audiologist. Her passion for connecting with patients and providing communication access inspired me to follow a similar path. I gravitated to the field because it provides an incredible opportunity to work directly with families in my community. Audiology aligns closely with my values because I am passionate about providing access to meaningful communication across the lifespan. Being able to connect with patients and families and to support them in their daily communication is one of the most meaningful aspects of audiology.
I would encourage incoming students to embrace the learning opportunities that come from making mistakes, asking questions, and being unsure during your coursework and clinical placements. It’s important to remember these moments may feel uncomfortable but are great opportunities for growth. As a new clinician you’ll learn so much from interacting with the patients and families you see each day. I would encourage students to connect with your clinical educators, faculty members, and peers because their expertise and experiences are a valuable source of knowledge and support.
After graduation I am moving back to my hometown to work as a pediatric audiologist – providing hearing health services to infants, children, and families. I’m so excited to be working with a collaborative team providing family-centered hearing care. As a new clinician, I’m hoping to continue to expand my clinical knowledge and experience with the support of my mentors, colleagues, and peers.