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"Ready to Go" ; Speech Language Pathology personal statement


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Jan 11, 2013   #1
PrĂŞt Ă partir; roughly translated means "ready to go". I often sat through these mini inquisitions whenever my grandfather and I went on new adventures. Riding in the back of his car, he habitually boasted of old war stories about protesting against the Tonton Macounte, the unfair political regime in Haiti. He recanted stories about him courageously fleeing to Cuba to escape imprisonment. It's this same persistence that drove my grandfather to the United States for a better life. He was a gladiator who effortlessly lit up a room with his broken English mixed in his melodic French. However, now this great man had succumbed to a new enemy named Dementia.

Over the years my grandfather began to forget his lavish stories. His mellifluous speech slowly waned and became jarred and staccato then finally nonverbal. Step by step his speech-language pathologist, Lydia, steadfastly aided my grandfather as his health deteriorated. We often saw her due to frequent hospital visits and even as a teen I had the honor in witnessing his medical procedures. She gently held his frail frame as she took tests and was very compassionate as she discussed her findings with our family. Although my grandfather's communicative state was impaired, his interactions with Lydia cemented my decision to become a speech-language pathologist.

The inspiration to become a speech-language pathologist is not only rooted in my personal life but from volunteer work and academia as well. After Haiti's devastating earthquake I had the opportunity to volunteer with several new transplants. Being involved was personally gratifying but it presented me an opportunity to show compassion towards those in life changing transitions.

I am attracted to _______________ speech-language pathology graduate program due to its extraordinary academic, clinical and highly regarded training opportunities. I have had exposure to a variety of assessment and treatment options in the ________General Outpatient Clinic and through my voluntary experience with _______. I am drawn to working within various placement opportunities and to service a multicultural and diverse population. As a graduate student I look forward to continuing with this strong and supportive program which envelopes my emphasis on community with effective patient treatment and assessment. Thus, I will continue to explore my fascination for working with individuals whom have varying neurocognitive disorders. In addition I am driven for the opportunity to thoroughly examine genetic research in regards to Pervasive Development Disorders and Dementia. Post-graduation I am eager to advocate research and continue my involvement in working with Fragile-X associated Disorders.

I would be an ideal candidate for ________________ speech-language pathology master's program. My persistence has attributed me to overcoming obstacles as I work diligently towards my goals. I believe my drive, innovativeness and collaborative nature combined with my multitasking capabilities corresponds to this profession's statement of purpose. In other words, I do not give up nor do I take this challenge in this next endeavor lightly. I have confidence the __________ speech-language department parallels my focus and will serve as an ideal platform for me to grow both academically and as a future clinician. Je suis prĂŞt - I am ready. Thank you for your consideration.
dumi 1 / 6,927 1592  
Jan 16, 2013   #2
PrĂŞt Ă partir; roughly translated means "ready to go"

"Ready to go" in English.... I feel this way is better

about protesting against the Tonton Macounte

about resistance to the Tonton Macounte

We often saw her due to frequent hospital visits and even as a teen I had the honor in witnessing his medical procedures.

... her & his , a bit confusing :(

Although my grandfather's communicative state was impaired, his interactions with Lydia cemented my decision to become a speech-language pathologist.

You have beautifully presented the advent of your love for speech-language pathology.... Good job and I enjoyed reading it :)
I think this is "ready to go" :D .... Good luck with your application :)
OP tigger830 1 / 1  
Jan 16, 2013   #3
Thank you Dumi. It was a bit rough. LOL I've fixed it. Here it is..
PrĂŞt Ă partir; roughly translated in English means "ready to go" which is a phrase my grandfather often asked before we went out together. One of my first memories is sitting in the back of my grandfather's car as he boasted of old war stories about protesting against the Tonton Macounte, the dictatorial political regime in Haiti. He recounted stories about him courageously fleeing to Cuba to escape imprisonment. It's this same persistence that drove my grandfather to the United States for a better life. He was a gladiator who effortlessly lit up a room with his broken English mixed with his melodic French. However, now this great man had succumbed to a new enemy named dementia.

Over the years my grandfather began to forget his elaborate stories. His mellifluous speech slowly waned and became jarred and staccato then finally nonverbal. Step-by-step his speech-language pathologist, Lydia, aided my grandfather as his health deteriorated. Due to frequent hospital visits, we often saw her and as a teen I had the honor in witnessing one of his tests for swallowing function. I remember her gently holding his frail frame as she took tests and her compassion as she discussed her findings with our family. Although my grandfather's communicative state was impaired, his interactions with Lydia cemented my decision to become a speech-language pathologist.

The inspiration to become a speech-language pathologist is not only rooted in my personal life but from volunteer work and academia as well. After Haiti's devastating earthquake I had the opportunity to volunteer with several new Haitian refugees who moved to the United States. Being involved was personally gratifying but it presented me an opportunity to show compassion towards those in life changing transitions.

I am attracted to _____ Speech-Language Pathology graduate program due to its extraordinary academic, clinical and highly regarded training opportunities. I am intrigued by Dr. ___ Behavioral Speech and Genetics Lab because I believe having a strong foundation in scientific research advances work among patient treatment. In addition, given my family history; I am interested in the genetic link between cognitive impairments and dementia. In addition, I will be volunteering with families who have varying genetic mutation in particular with Fragile-X associated disorders in May. I have previous hands-on experience working with clients who had a variety of disorders in the ______ such as fluency, communicative, and those using an Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) device. My volunteer experience with _____ has given me an opportunity to lead therapy sessions with adolescents with a range of Autism Spectrum Disorders. I am drawn to working within various placement opportunities and servicing a multicultural and diverse population. As a graduate student, I look forward to continuing with this strong and supportive program which meshes well with emphasis on community work and effective patient treatment and assessment. I am especially excited to work within the Speech Therapy and Education Program for Stroke Survivors (STEPSS) clinic because I will continue to explore my fascination for working with individuals with varying neurogenic communication disorders.

I believe my drive and collaborative nature combined with my multitasking capabilities would make me an ideal candidate for ________s Speech-Language Pathology master's program. I also believe the programs faculty to student ratio will provide positive mentoring and individualized instruction. I consider my persistence my greatest asset and although I have faced many obstacles in my life, I have not wavered in my academic and professional development. I understand graduate school will be challenging and I will not take this this challenge lightly. I am confident that the ________ Speech-Language Pathology Department will serve as an ideal platform for me to grow both academically and as a future clinician. "Je suis prĂŞt" - I am ready. Thank you for your consideration.


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