Friday, October 12, 2012
Today, I was reminded of my junior year of college. The year of uncertainty and sheer willpower. It was really at that point in my college career that I decided to go for Speech.
My research into the field was not your typical internet search.
1. Arrange to have an internship at the hospital where my dad got outpatient voice therapy. This internship lasted an entire month. I did a second internship in a school system for a month my senior year.
2. Look up history of field just because....well, I'm me. History is pretty much a part of every cell in my body. This website gives a history of the field: http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~duchan/history.html It was really my one true resource until I managed to find some old textbooks from the 70s. (Again, thank you Goodwill and Worldcat.)
3. Read some random books based on recommendations and research....(but I can only remember two right now)
Temple Grandin's biography (Awesome)
Wings- an old radio play about a woman's experience with aphaisa
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly -- failed in attempts to find it. Still need to watch the movie
The Curious Incident of the Dog at Midnight--haven't read it yet but I do have a copy
4. Did an email interview with an SLP for college.
5. Joined livejournal
Going into this field is the craziest and scariest thing that I have done in my entire life. If you had told me that I would go down this path in high school, I probably would have told you that it would never happen. Me? An introvert who just wanted to find a quiet place to work? A job that was anything but teaching? Life is funny that way. I wouldn't change my decision for anything. I love working with my students. Even on my worst days at work, I know that I am able to make some small difference as an SLP.
Now, I just have to figure out if I want to pursue a PhD or not. It's been the subject of much musing for the past year. I wish I could say that I was closer to a decision as I hate the feeling of being stuck in limbo.