Rep Your Major Monday | Speech, Language, and Hearing Science

Rep Your Major Monday SLP Gold&Hearts

Every Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law.

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Today, we are talking to the lovely Kayla Rivoli, who is a Speech, Language,  and Hearing Science major at Temple University.

Kayla blogs over at Kaylablogs about books, planners, organization, and a bit of college advice. She’s one of my favorite people I have met in the blogosphere.

What’s your major and potential career paths in that field?

My major is speech, language, and hearing science! With a major in SLH you can be a speech-language pathologist or audiologist after going to graduate school. If grad school isn’t your thing you could be a speech-language pathology assistant. There are probably other career paths but being an SLP, Audiologist, or SLPA are the most common ones!

What made you choose your major?
I chose my major after talking with my mom about possible career paths. I had originally wanted to be a pharmacist but I decided that I didn’t want to take that many biology and chemistry courses. As soon as my mom brought up speech-language pathology, I was pretty much hooked. I did some research, watched some YouTube videos of therapy, and decided that yep, I could see myself doing this!

What are common misconceptions about your major?
Some common misconceptions are that SLPs only work with articulation errors. For example, “Johnny can’t say his /r/ correctly”. That would be an example of an articulation problem. But SLPs work with SUCH a broad scope from language disorders to swallowing disorders. Most people have no clue how much SLPs actually do. 


What made you confident that your major was right for you?

After shadowing a speech-language pathologist for the first time. I had a blast. I was a junior in high school and my mom encouraged me to shadow just so I could be totally sure that I liked the field. I shadowed an elementary school speech pathologist and she was absolutely awesome. She saw such a great group of kids and I loved being there with her all day. 
The second time my decision felt solidified was after I shadowed last semester in a rehab center. The SLP saw both adults and children and I realized that I loved the adult side of speech therapy just as much (if not more!) than the pediatric side. After that, I learned I loved more than one facet of speech pathology which really excited me!


What advice do you have to people who want to study your major?

Work hard and make sure this is what you really want. Speech-language pathology is a crazy and competitive field and there are a lot of passionate people involved. The sooner you figure out if this is truly your passion, the better. Everything I learn interests me SO much and it has really reflected in my grades and my work ethic! 


What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?

Communication Deviations and Disorders. It was all about the different disorders SLPs and Audiologists work with in the field. I was so interested in everything that had to do with that class. It also required me to shadow more SLPs and interview those that were currently in the field. I learned so much about the profession and my professor was a legit goddess. She was an SLP and she was literally everything I wanted to be!
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Rep Your Major Monday | Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies

Rep Your Major Monday - Art and Design Studies gold&heartsEvery Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law.Sarah Rep your Major Monday Interdisciplinary Art and design studies gold&hearts
This week, our focus is on Sara Fry, who is majoring in Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies.
Sara Fry writes about her studies and her everyday life over at sarastrives.com. She likes setting goals for herself and describing her college experiences to her readers, giving them insight on what to do (or not to do) and inspiring them to be better versions of themselves.

What’s your major and potential career paths in that field?

My major is Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies. This basically means that I pick and choose my art classes along with a minor. My minor is in entrepreneurship. This means that I will have several marketing and management classes to go along with my art classes. I am really excited to see where this takes me. I am hoping to end up in some kind of creative business, whether that be blogging, wedding planning, event planning, marketing, or being an artist. I would also love to go back to technical theatre and dabble in costume design like I did in high school.

What made you choose your major?

I originally chose my major because I didn’t want to take a ton of art history! I still have to, but not nearly as much as an art education student (what I was originally). Then I realized that this major would be a great fit for me. I have always been a planner and a little type A. But I am also very creative. This major includes classes that will challenge me and involve planning or project management, but I still get to dabble in what I love and learn to incorporate art and business!

What are common misconceptions about your major?

It’s a fall back major. I won’t say that IADS can’t be a fall back major. Because it definitely can! But, it can be really useful for someone who wants a unique job! It’s an easy program to specialize yourself with.

It’s always fun. Don’t even try to tell me that art majors are always having fun! It is so much work! Most of the time I have at least two projects due a week, fully done and perfectly developed. Sometimes this means very little sleep. We also have to do projects that we don’t like. For example, for the rest of this semester, my drawing class is using pastels. I hate hate hate pastels! They get everywhere. All over your clothes and skin! You even inhale some of it, which can mean rainbow colored snot. Wooo hoo. Sorry for the TMI. There is also a lot of standing involved, on cement floors, for THREE HOURS straight. I’m not saying the classes aren’t fun, but the major is just as challenging as anyone else’s!

What made you confident that your major was right for you?

I am genuinely excited about most of the classes I am going to take!

What advice do you have to people who want to study your major?

Be aware that it is a lot of work. It can also be quite the emotional toll. You almost have to learn to remove your emotion from your artwork in order to survive the criticism of your professors and other students. You want their feedback, even if it is hard to hear.

What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?

Absolutely Design II! This class is 3-D work only, which is funny, because I never used to like working in 3-D. But this class has allowed me to explore so many different ideas and mediums and just get more comfortable with working with new tools. It is also a class full of amazing students! The way our class clicks is just great. Everyone talks to everyone and we can have very intelligent discussions. Love it so much!!

 

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