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I’ve been meaning to start writing a blog about my career in speech-language pathology for some time, but
didn’t have hadn’t made the time for it. Why start now? I’ve been using Twitter to create a professional learning network (PLN) for myself since the Spring of 2010. It has enriched my professional life tremendously. However, I have more to share than I can fit into 140 characters at a time and decided I couldn’t put off a blog any longer. Before I begin posting on what I’ve been thinking/learning about lately, allow me to tell you about who I am and how I got here.
I was going to be a doctor. I knew this from a fairly early age. I had even chosen the university where I wanted to study medicine because I liked their approach to teaching it. Then I did a co-op in OR & Recovery and, while I found the surgeries fascinating, I realized one crucial fact about doctors: they have long hours and difficulties keeping personal commitments because they are so dedicated to their professions. I had the same passion as them, but wanted to have time for my future family. When I stumbled across speech-language pathology I realized it was a perfect fit for me and started my undergrad with a plan to become an S-LP and the rest is history. I had plans to work in geriatrics but ended up in pediatrics and haven’t looked back.
Like my tag-line suggests, I’m kind of geeky and I’m OK with that. I used to care what people thought but now I don’t and I’ve embraced my inner geek. Allow me to list some (but not all) of my credentials:
– I grew up watching Dr Who, Star Trek, Start Wars, etc.
– I enjoyed linguistics in university. Linguistic anthropology was my minor. I took History of the English Language for fun. I still read books like this fairly regularly.
– I listen to informational podcasts in the car like Radio Lab and Quirks and Quarks because I love to learn.
– I wrote a thesis in my undergrad and in grad school and I still try to keep a toe dipped in research projects whenever I can.
– I built my own computer for grad school. I could stay up all night playing video games (and frequently did).
– I love all things techy (but I don’t yet have an iPad).
Geeky interests obviously aren’t everything in my life. No one would ever accuse me of being athletic or coordinated but I’ve recently discovered that I enjoy running. I love music, dancing, and reading as well. I married a wonderful man in the teaching profession. We have a 2 year old daughter who is a joy and who gives me new perspective on child development and on working with parents in my career.
That’s just a little bit about me, hope it helps give you some perspective when/if you read my blog. I plan to make posts about once a week or so and will have my first ‘real’ post soon.