Tell us about your path to Hofstra University and why you decided to pursue the Audiology program.
When I started my undergraduate degree at Hofstra University, I was not sure of the career path I wanted to pursue. After my sophomore year, however, I joined the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences program. After taking a few courses in audiology and participating in an externship in an audiology clinic, I found my purpose and passion. As a result, I went to graduate school to pursue my doctorate in audiology.
Tell us about your practicum experiences.
I have had the opportunity to work in a number of different practicum settings throughout my graduate studies. I have worked in a private practice setting, a large ENT practice in Mineola, and the Brooklyn Veteran’s Affairs Hospital. Each setting and preceptor has shaped me to become a well-rounded budding professional. Currently, I am in my 4th year doctoral residency at a private practice in New York City, where I am continuing to hone my skills and learn the business aspect of the profession as well.
Describe the benefits of studying at the consortium made up of Hofstra, Adelphi, and St. John’s.
The consortium has given my classmates and me the opportunity to utilize three different clinics as well as learn from professors with diverse educational backgrounds in the field of audiology. Each university has a separate and distinct approach and philosophy regarding the study of audiology; therefore, my learning experiences have made me exceptionally prepared to handle situations and conditions that come my way.
What inspires you most about the profession?
Being in a health profession affords me the opportunity to impact and transform the lives of countless people. Already I have seen the power of this work by serving patients of all ages who hear for the first time or who haven’t heard in years. Watching how their eyes light up inspires me to not only be a better audiologist, but a better person.
What are your goals for the future and how will the program help you reach them?
I aspire to open my own practice one day and devote my professional career to improving the quality of life of the patients I serve. Additionally, I would like to enter the field of research and help to develop cutting edge approaches as the field of audiology evolves. My learned experiences at the LI Consortium together with the support I have received from professors leaves me no doubt that I will be a successful professional in this field.
What advice would you give others considering this program at Hofstra?
My advice would be to be an active participant in your education, develop relationships with your professors, and never be afraid to continually ask questions so that you can learn from experts in the field. I would also advise those considering this program to reach out to current students and faculty members to learn more about program. This is a great field to be in, and I would recommend it to anyone.