Jeff's Thoughts on Texas State
Why Texas State
I have attended Texas State as both an undergraduate and graduate student. I was attracted to the university because of its central location within Texas, proximity to Austin and San Antonio and the small town feel of San Marcos.
Why Communication Disorders?
I chose to study speech-language pathology through the communication disorders
major because of the diversity of clients and disorders I will work with, the variety of different potential work environments, job security and overall flexibility of the field.
My long-term goal is to obtain a doctorate in speech-language pathology. My short-term goals are to find a challenging and rewarding job and to determine areas of specialty, such as the assessment and treatment of voice disorders.
How my Major Will Help me Reach my Goals
The communication disorders program at Texas State has provided me with opportunities to excel in both the clinical and research aspects of speech-language pathology.
Typical Class Day
I am currently a second-year graduate student. I spend the majority of my time at my off-campus clinical practicum, which is at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. I spend the remainder of my time on campus working on my master’s thesis.
Best Studying Advice
Find a method that works best for you, even if it seems unconventional. We are all different, and we all go about learning in our own ways. I’m not a fan of memorization; I’d rather make a B in a class and know how to apply the course material well than make an A simply because I memorized some information.
My Clubs and Organizations
National Student Speech- Language-Hearing-Association
Texas Speech Language Hearing Association
I am conducting research for my master’s thesis that addresses assessment procedures used in the state of Texas to diagnose pervasive developmental disorders, which include Asperger’s syndrome and autism.
What I Like Most About Texas State
I like the relationships you can establish with professors. I like that professors are easily accessible, and you can speak with them directly. That accessibility is not as common at larger universities.