Human existence is based solely on one thing: communication. The ability to convey thoughts, feelings, and ideas from one person to another is what makes the world go round. Everyday we communicate in one-way or another: body language, sign language, and word of mouth. Each move we make helps others to understand what we are feeling and what we need from them. Imagine if you didn’t have the ability to communicate your wants, needs, or feelings, how awful would that be? I want to give communication skills to as many people as I possibly can. Helping an apraxic child learn to speak clearly and functionally, helping a stroke patient overcome obstacles with expressing their wants and needs; both of these things help people learn to communicate, something many people take for granted.
In a perfect world, my aim would be to open up a clinic of my own that helps young children with communication difficulties learn to express themselves in any way that they are able to. My goals are to first complete my undergraduate program, and then go on to receive my Master’s and eventually a Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology. Then I would go on to run my own clinic that hires speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and occupational/physical therapists that could assist in teaching language-learning skills.
I want to change the world by changing one life at a time. If I am able to give even one child who is lacking communication the ability to communicate with his or her family, I will feel as though I am making a difference.