For me, Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) just made sense. In high school I had been looking into majoring in something in the category of the medical field. But I didn’t want to be a doctor or a nurse. For a while I was thinking of going into Physical Therapy but that just didn’t seem quite right either. But then, my sophomore year of High School I met someone who was a SLP major. After discussing the field with this person, I realized that it was extremely appealing to me. Just the right mix of medical health sciences and working with people. I knew that I had to look into it more!
My junior year I had the opportunity to shadow a SLP in an elementary school setting. It was a phenomenal experience! The woman who was working in the school system was so happy with were she was in life and just had such a passion for her job. The therapy session itself was so fascinating to observe, and I even got to help with it a little bit by playing “Trouble” with the little boy, the SLP’s client. Furthermore, I was able to ask more questions about the field and about the options other than working in a school. I was given the contact information for a Speech Pathologist who worked at a hospital. Though I could not shadow her for privacy reasons, she gave me lots of information and really helped me in my decision to choose Speech-Language Pathology as my major.
And now I’m in college counting morphemes and learning about phonological errors and I absolutely love it!