Hi! I’m Michael. I’m 25 and I’m on the road to becoming a Speech Language Pathologist. I didn’t follow a very direct route into the SLP field, but I am excited to be here.
As early as 5th grade I remember being told that I should be a teacher. And it kinda fit. I’ve always liked helping others understand things. Career personality tests in high school seemed to confirm that I should “become a teacher.” One of my mentors even told me, “Michael…if you don’t become a teacher, angels will cry.” Talk about pressure, right? So, I became a teacher… sort of…for a little bit.
I was entering my fourth year as an ESL teacher. I spent 1 of those years teaching adults at a language center in San Diego and the rest were in Mexico teaching at public and private schools. Despite loving my job and all the pressure from my mentors to become a teacher, it’s not something I could see myself doing for 30 years. Honestly, the idea makes me feel claustrophobic.
This isn’t a blog to rant about the problems with the US Education system, but one of the big ones for me is the lack of mobility for classroom teachers. Once you’re in a classroom, you’re basically there for the next 15 to 20 years. I know that’s great for some people, but not for me.
So when I started thinking about moving back to the U.S. and earning a master’s degree, a friend suggested I look into SLP. After setting up some observations with an SLP in the US, conducting some phone interviews, and reading pretty much everything on the internet, I realized SLP was the perfect field – variety, constant need for education, helping others, language science, what’s not to love?
Where am I at?
I just got into grad school! I was accepted into a 3-year program that includes my leveling coursework. I’m still mildly overwhelmed by it all, but I’m trying to enjoy it.
I hope to hear from you!