Restoring Voices

Scholarship Entrant: Sarah from Bloomsburg, PA – Pennsylvania
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Sarah: 174

If I were able to earn a living doing what I love the most, I would help others who’ve lost the ability to communicate with their loved ones and to express their opinions, needs, and desires. I have a passion for learning about communication disorders related to speech and language which result from cardiovascular accidents, or strokes, as well as from traumatic brain injuries. Survivors of these incidents may emerge with the inability to clearly communicate with others due to diagnoses including aphasia, motor impairment or nerve damage among many others. They change the lives of the affected individual and his or her loved ones forever. I plan to pursue my dream career as a speech-language pathologist, which will allow me to provide therapeutic services to those affected by the aforementioned conditions. To make my dream a reality, I am attending a five year master’s program at Duquesne University. I expect to receive my master’s degree and complete the program in August 2016. Following graduation, I plan to receive a position in a medical setting such as a rehabilitation center or hospital. After gaining experience and clinical competence, I hope to complete research on effective therapeutic techniques. Improving these techniques can help affected individuals worldwide regain lost communication abilities and shed light on so many disorders that currently hold an endless amount of unanswered questions. Affected individuals could benefit and see better outcomes through increased understanding of disorders and improved clinical practices. They could potentially regain their ability to communicate.

Vote for Sarah: 174

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