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.
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!