About Me

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.

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My Story:

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.

 

If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or kudos you can use the form below OR email me directly at michael at thespeechblog dot com

 

I hope to hear from you!

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