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Explain your career path
After graduating from Southeast, I attended the University of South Florida where I obtained my Doctorate of Audiology. I served as an Audiologist in the United States Air Force for seven and a half years. I was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, Royal Air Force Lakenheath in the United Kingdom, and Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Currently, I work as an Audiologist in a private practice in Cambridge, United Kingdom and have recently rejoined the United States Air Force as a Reservist.
What was your major at Southeast and what led you to that?
My major was Communication Disorders. I was interested in hearing loss and helping people. Once I found audiology, I knew that is what I wanted to do.
Why did you choose to attend Southeast?
I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri and wanted to find a school far enough away from home that I felt 'on my own', but not so far that I could not go home. I also wanted to do something completely different from everyone else in my high school. I found Southeast and it seemed the perfect fit. Not to mention, I got an academic scholarship, so that helped.
Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?
This is too hard to narrow down to one or two people, but I can narrow it down to one or two groups. I was a cheerleader and a member of Delta Delta Delta, having both of those groups of people to work with helped in so many ways. Being a part of the Greek community was amazing and led to meeting wonderful people. Having cheerleading as a outlet and friends to share it with, was something I am so glad was a part of my college career.
Share your best college memory.
I think I have three: winning Greek Week, cheering at the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and graduating Magna Cum Laude.
What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?
I am from a small town and had been friends with the same people all my life. Although, most of my friends stayed in that small town, even if they did attend college, I left. It was hard because when I returned, I was no longer a part of that life. Being at Southeast, I made new friends. In fact, I speak to my SEMO friends more than I do my home town friends and that is ok. I learned just because that is the way it has always been, does not mean you cannot grow and change. I learned that my friends from my past, were just that, my past. My Southeast friends were my current and my future. I did not want to be that small town girl for the rest of my life, I wanted to see the world. I needed people in my life that felt the same, or at least encouraged my dreams to, and at Southeast, I found them.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
My greatest professional accomplishment would be serving in the United States Air Force. I am so honored to have served my country.
How did your education at Southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?
My education at Southeast set the foundation for my career and for who I am as a person.
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
Be prepared to work. Communication Disorders is a tough major. If you are like me and want to be an Audiologist, stick with it. The program is very Speech-Language Pathologist driven, but grin and bear it through those parts, because it will be worth it in the end. If you would like to pursue a career in the military, do not be afraid. If you would have told me when I was at Southeast, three short years later I would be a Captain in the United States Air Force, I would have laughed. I never thought I could do something like that, but I did. Do not rule out any opportunity and never underestimate yourself.
What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?
I did not enter the 'real world' after graduation, I went to graduate school I wish I had known that graduate school, would not be four more years of college.