University of Minnesota

Speech Language Hearing Sciences Student Profile

Name: Lauren Kosky
Anticipated Graduation Year:

Emily Timmerman

How and why did you choose your major?

I came to be in the SLHS major because I knew I wanted to be in a medical field, help people in general, and two of my aunts are Speech Language Pathologists [SLP] and have always suggested for me to look into the field. I also chose this for my major because the age range that I can work with can be from newborns to elderly, and because I could work in a hospital/clinical setting, school, or private practice.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

My major, SLHS, is focused on the speech and hearing mechanisms, how they are used, what kinds of differences and disorders can occur, and about human communication in general. My favorite classes have been Language Acquisition, Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms, and I am currently in Introduction to the Neuroscience of Human Communication and love it!

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

Outside of the classroom, I have had multiple experiences relating to my major. I have been volunteering in a professors research lab, am a member of NSSLHA, am volunteering at the Cleft Palate Clinic under an SLP, and I will be studying abroad and having an internship in the field. I have also shadowed Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) at Regions Hospital and at a few elementary schools in Milwaukee.

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

I think shadowing multiple SLPs at multiple locations has been the most beneficial thing that I have done in order to help figure out whether I want to work in a healthcare or educational setting. It has also reassured me that this is the field I want to work in since I got to see the types of things I would do on an average day.

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