This Year, I’ll …

Haaaa-pppyyy New Year!

As 2018 begins (and as I realize my term as National NSSLHA’s president will soon end), I’m in serious evaluation mode. I’ve been thinking, what do I want to accomplish this year?

Here are my top five must-dos:

    1. Go easy on myself (seriously!). We’ve chosen challenging programs, so I’m committing to set small goals for myself in school, clinic, and life. And I’m vowing to celebrate each little step.
    2. Grow my network. As an audiology student, I’m committed to spending more time chatting with students who aren’t on my same path. I do that while working with Teigan, National NSSLHA’s president-elect and a speech-language pathology student, but I’m also going to reach out to someone studying physical or occupational therapy. I know these relationships will help me be a stronger professional for years to come.
    3. Be an advocate. Laws are being written today that will impact our future as professionals and our future clients. To make sure I’m heard, I’m going to participate in ASHA’s Advocacy Day this March, and use ASHA’s Take Action website to contact my legislature about specific issues that are important to me.
    4. Connect with a professional. By nature, I’m a total introvert, but I also know the value of connecting with professionals who are already in the field. So, I’m going to go out of my comfort zone and plan to meet a professional who works outside of my preferred setting of children’s hospitals so I can be sure to fully understand other aspects of my future profession.
    5. Grow my leadership skills. I’ve spent the past year and a half serving on National NSSLHA’s Executive Council, and I’ve grown more than I could have imagined. This experience goes far beyond a nice mention on my resume. Instead, I feel like I’m more confident than ever!

What do you want to accomplish this year?? Post a comment. Share your New Year’s resolutions. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for all of us!



  1. Delphanie Wu January 9, 2018 at 11:40 am

    You roped me in with #1! I want to commit to that this year- not being so hard on myself and really celebrating the little victories.

  2. Ron Langdon January 10, 2018 at 5:11 am

    Hi Katie. Your NSSLHA group in past years has been a sponsor of a Support Group for individuals with a rare voice disorder called Spasmodic Dysphonia of which I am co-leader. While we no longer seek sponsorship from the NSSLHA, we would like the opportunity to share with your group about our unique voice disorder as it is still a relatively unknown disorder even to those who work in the field. I would like to offer 2 ways to make this happen. 1. To invite members of your group to our spring meeting on Saturday, March 10 at 10am to be held on campus at the Morsani building, Room 1013A. Dr Marion Ridley will be our guest speaker. 2. To offer our availability to have 2 or 3 of our group members come to one of the NSSLHA meetings to speak about Spasmodic Dysphonia and to be followed by a Q & A. thank you for allowing us to share!


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