In able to apply what I have learned

In my exploration and experiences, I have found a true passion for the path that I have chosen: speech-language pathology. I was first introduced to this professional field while in high school. After shadowing the school’s speech-language pathologist, I quickly became intrigued. I realized that I wanted nothing more than to help people communicate more clearly, with confidence. During my undergraduate career, I had the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of communication science and disorder courses. Following the completion of my coursework, my passion grew, solidifying my decision to enter the field of speech-language pathology. Having developed a solid foundation in the pathologies and processes of communication disorders from previous courses, I am knowledgeable in many facets of this profession. I became familiar with therapy preparation and sessions, through the observation hours completed in my undergraduate courses. My exposure to the preparation that is needed to help each individual, including the assessments, goals, activities, and evidence-based practices, has further shown the importance of experience and education in this field. Next semester, I will be able to apply what I have learned while providing therapy to a client under the supervision of a qualified professor. In addition to coursework, I have participated in other opportunities to immerse myself in this profession. The most beneficial experience I have had thus far was an instructional internship for the Basic Audiology course at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. During this internship, I utilized my organizational and instructional skills to support both the professor and the students taking the Basic Audiology course. My support included helping the professor, conducting review sessions, and offering one-on-one guidance to students. Another opportunity I took part in was Operation Smile, an organization aimed at raising money for children affected by a cleft palate or cleft lip. During this volunteer work, I was able to put my creativity and time-management skills to use by facilitating the development and implementation of fundraising events. My experiences during my undergraduate career have led me to a personal goal of becoming a licensed speech-language pathologist who works specifically in the area of early intervention. The broad research opportunities and focus on diverse cultures offered at the University of North Dakota would help me achieve this goal. My extensive undergraduate educational opportunities and schooling have prepared me for the coursework at your university. I am excited to pursue a career in speech-language pathology, and believe that I would be an asset to your institution. I look forward to the opportunity to further discuss my interest in your program with you.