After completing undergraduate and graduate studies at Western, I am now a clinically competent and certified SLP and licensed to practice in the state of NC. I am employed full time with the Catawba County School system providing speech-language therapy services to approximately 40 preschool and elementary aged students. I also work part time for a pediatric multidisciplinary private therapy practice and hope to work PRN in a long-term care/assisted living community over the summer.
When I look at what I do now, I know that it would not have been possible without the guidance and lessons gained through my student jobs in college. I worked as an Orientation Counselor for WCU as well as an Admissions Tour Guide and Residential Assistant. Through these jobs I learned the importance of time management, organization, teamwork and communication. I have no difficulties carrying out the never ending to do list and constant conversations my job requires me to have. I learned how to listen to people, speak publicly and think on my feet-all of which have served me well in the real world. The advice I would offer to anyone on the fence about speech pathology or employment through his or her institution is simply…DO IT! Nothing can compare to the rewarding memories, relationships and lessons I gained through my student work. I believe that I am a better employee now for the work and skills I fine-tuned during that part of my life.