Carolina is a member of the University of NC system and one of five (ECU, ASU,
NCCU, UNC-G, and WCU) institutions that confer a master’s degree in
speech-language pathology. In 200 words or less, tell us why you chose ECU.
I chose ECU because I
feel strongly that the program is the best fit for my interests and the
development of my potential contribution to society. I am particularly
attracted to the program at ECU because of its comprehensive structure and the
fact that it offers graduate students a chance to select areas of study that satisfy
the requirements for ASHA Certification. I also find the resources that are
available, such as the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, and opportunities for externships to be appealing.
In addition, I admire
the fact that ECU employs experienced faculty who are leaders in the field of
communication sciences and disorders. In particular, I find the research on elements that contribute to the deficiency of
equity in service rendering and result inequalities that persist amid certain
population groups by Dr. Charles Ellis Jr very intriguing. As a
minority male, I understand the intricacies of being a socioeconomically disadvantaged child while acquiring language.
I feel that East Carolina University can provide me with the education and
training required to have a successful career in the field of Speech language
pathology, and I look forward to visiting the campus and meeting faculty.
pathology graduates from East Carolina University are expected to serve as
leaders in the discipline. In 200 words or less, describe how you will
contribute to this legacy of success in scholarship (learning and demonstrating
that learning to the community), leadership (creating communities to move ideas
and policies forward in the greater society), and service (meeting the needs of
individuals in a way that makes our society better).
I will contribute
to the legacy of success in scholarship by volunteering
both locally and abroad. I will utilize the knowledge and skills attained at
ECU to provide speech services to underserved communities. I will present the
research conducted throughout my career at conventions and research summits. I
will contribute to ECU’s legacy through leadership by holding leadership roles
in organizations related to speech and hearing science such as the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association and The National Black Association for Speech-Language and
Hearing. Through my leadership in these organizations, I will work to foster a
community of professional and scientific enrichment and address the
communication interests and concerns of my fellow practitioners. I will support
ideas and policies that will benefit communication science and disorders
professionals and the greater community.
I will contribute
to this legacy of success in service by working at a school that serves students that are socioeconomically
disadvantaged. In this setting, I will be able to make my greatest contribution
to society. Children who have speech impairments, and are already at risk as a
result of the demographics and dynamics of their family setting, are even more
at risk due to these factors.
Individuals grow and change based on their life experiences. In 200 words or
less, describe your greatest personal strength, how you came to see it as a
strength, and an area where you see room for continued personal growth.
greatest personal strength is that I exhibit a great propensity to learn and
exhibit effective communication. Both in my personal life and in my academic
and professional experience, I display an understanding and appreciation for
communicating and collaborating with others. I first came to see this as a
strength in during my childhood. I have always been a diligent learner. I
carried an attitude of dedication to learning which allowed me to attain
language effectively. This ability will serve me well at ECU and in my career
as a speech language pathologist. In my work as a speech language pathology
assistant I am able to impart my language acquisition skills to my patients.
where I see room for continued personal growth is my lack of experience working
with geriatric Individuals. Many of my volunteer and employment experiences
involved working with young people. I served as a mentor to international
students during my time in college. I currently work as a speech language
pathologist assistant at a pediatric clinic. I look forward to the opportunity
of learning how to effectively treat geriatric patients at ECU. Doing so will
allow to become a more capable and well-rounded speech language pathologist.