Teaching ASL to Adults with Disabilities

In eighth grade, I took a chance on a life-changing opportunity. I elected to take American Sign Language (ASL) to fulfill my language requirement. Little did I know this simple decision would later help me make bigger life decisions. Fulfilling My High School Language Requirement with ASL My teacher was deaf, and she had an interpreter who voiced what she signed as we struggled to…

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Resources to Get You Through the Grad Application Process

When I started working on my grad school applications last year, I had no idea where to start. I knew I needed to take the GRE, create a resume, write a personal statement, and get recommendation letters, but I had no idea how to complete these items specifically for a speech-language pathology program. I had so many questions … What programs should I apply to?…

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Balancing Act: Simultaneously Navigating Master’s and PhD Programs

My journey through grad school has been a lot of trial and a whole lot of error. It started when applying to programs during my senior year of undergrad. I was completely unsure of what I wanted to do. I liked the CSD discipline, loved research, and wanted more than anything to teach. So, I applied to master’s programs and one PhD program but was…

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The Complicated American Culture—How It Affects Us As Future Professionals

I was born and raised on the East Coast and spent most of my days playing outdoors with my suburban neighborhood friends who came from various backgrounds—European, Asian, African, South American, and Middle Eastern cultures. Being exposed to this many different cultures helped normalize the differences between us. I was constantly evolving thanks to these friends. I, myself, am an American-Italian-Jordanian woman, and was equally…

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