Juggling Grad School and Student Leadership—Tips for Success

Throughout my term as a National NSSLHA Regional Councilor, I’ve been asked one question countless times: How can I take on a leadership role while being a graduate student? There’s a huge misconception that being in grad school means you don’t have time for anything else in life. The reality is that being a student leader is feasible, regardless of the profession, the coursework, and…

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Puppies and Speech Therapy—A Pawesome Combo

I’ve always been passionate about animals, especially dogs. During my junior year of college, I was so excited to have an opportunity to raise service-dogs-in-training. Roku was my first pup—a sweet, gentle, golden Labrador puppy who never met a person or peanut butter he didn’t like! Every Wednesday, I’d puppy-sit Roku. With a service-dog-in-training vest strapped to his back, I’d socialize him to different stimuli…

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Talking to Professionals—They’re Just Like Us!

Two years ago, as an undergrad, I had the chance to attend the ASHA Convention—a surreal experience! Not only was I surrounded by innovative research, but I was immersed in a setting with the most influential leaders of our fields. I was star-struck and crippled by my own thoughts … “They’re not here to listen to my opinion or answer my questions. They’re here to…

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