I have several friends studying to become Speech and Language Pathology professionals. Their interest in becoming SLPs was often sparked by a relative or friend who had communication or speech difficulties - for one reason or another. In my case, already an undergraduate student and unsure of what career I wanted to pursue, I am fortunate to have found a friend and mentor who was an SLP. She introduced me to and encouraged me to pursue this profession. I observed her with clients and fell in love with what she did. I then switched my major to one that would serve as a better preparation for graduate school in Speech Pathology and Communication Disorders.
Lips pressed together, eyes locked on the small blue spherical object in front of her, a few seconds ticked by before she finally yelled “ball!”. It was the first time the young student I observed successfully pronounced a word starting with the letter ‘b.’ At that moment, all the trials, errors, and hard work became worth it. I knew I was on the right path: providing therapy for children with impaired speech to have the best chance of communicating effectively for the balance of their lives. This is what I hope to achieve one day by becoming a Speech Pathologist.
After finishing my undergraduate studies at the University at XXXX, I knew that I wanted to work with children and that working in a school was my best option. District XXXX was my first experience working with children with special needs, many of whom had speech impediments. Downs syndrome, cerebral palsy, or autism, I have always done my best to be adaptable and a team player, working to enhance communication. It was not long before I shadowed two Speech Pathologists in the school where I currently work. It was a special joy to see children learn how to effectively communicate using the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), helping them express their needs and wants and overcome speech obstacles.
With my curiosity and determination to learn as much as possible, I hope to gain a lifetime of enriching professional experiences after completing the Master´s Degree Program in Speech and Language Pathology at XXXX University. The graduate CSD program here at XXXX University appeals to me in particular due to the vast diversity that characterizes your university and the fact that I thrive in an inclusive social environment. I am confident I would excel in the graduate program if given the opportunity. I look forward to the rigorous coursework that will prepare me for career excellence and contribution to research throughout a long professional life.
Although my goal is to continue working with children with special needs, I am sure that the exceptional guidance I will receive as a student in your program will also prepare me to work effectively with other age groups. I look forward to lifelong education in my field and positively impacting the lives of children and adults in various settings.
I thank you for considering my application.