Find Your Perfect Setting Through Volunteer Work

One of the many highlights of being an audiologist or speech-language pathologist is the vast array of settings we can work in. But, how do you pick? No matter what part of the CSD journey you’re in—even if you think you already know what setting you like best—now’s the perfect time to explore all of your options. And volunteering is a great way to dip…

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Public Speaking: It’s More Than Just Words

In a recent article I wrote for the ASHA Leader Blog,  I shared Ten Tips for Public Speaking that had nothing to do with the words you’ll say. I’m a light-hearted speaker, using lots of humor and storylines to educate my audiences on pediatric feeding. The tips in my article ranged from how I use inspirational lyrics by Taylor Swift to quotes from Stuart Smalley…

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Stay Connected as an Online Grad Student

As an online grad student, I’ve been asked, “How do you stay connected to your professors and peers? Don’t you feel isolated?”  There’s a huge misunderstanding that completing online coursework means you don’t interact with anyone. In my experience, most online classes meet at least 1-2 times per month via a web-based meeting room like Blackboard, Zoom, or Skype. I’ve had numerous opportunities to interact…

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Stop Losing Sleep Over Grad Applications—10 Pieces of Advice

Graduate school application season has arrived! The thought of starting the application process may have you losing sleep and wondering, “What are my chances?” When I was going through the process last year—even with a 3.9 GPA, volunteer experience, and a pored-over essay—I knew acceptance was far from guaranteed, causing me anxiety. So, what are the secret ingredients to a winning application? There’s no simple…

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