Program: MSc, Speech-Language Pathology
Year in Program: 2
I found out about speech-language pathology (SLP) in my second year during a linguistics course. I had never heard of the career before, but it seemed like a perfect fit. My heart was set on the profession when I went to Belize and observed SLPs working on speech, language, feeding, swallowing disorders and more. As a Vietnamese-Canadian from an immigrant family, I saw my parent’s frustration when they struggled to communicate in English. I want to help other bilingual families as well. Communication is a basic human right and I want to help advocate for my clients.
I went to UBC for my B.A. in Speech Sciences. I grew up in Vancouver and loved UBC so much that I returned for my master’s. I decided to continue my education with UBC for their SLP program because of the faculty and convenient location. I had worked as a research assistant for some faculty members within the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences and I realized that they were all very knowledgeable in their respective fields and I wanted to learn from them as my professors. One professor even uses a simulation mannequin in her classes to let students practice treating and diagnosing swallowing disorders.
Ever since the start of COVID-19, my top priority has been to travel. My top bucket list would be to travel to Japan and taste a hot bowl of ramen.