Today I begin the second year of my doctorate program. If you had asked me two years ago what I would be doing now, I definitely wouldn’t have said studying every intricate detail of the ear. And a year ago I never would have said I would be starting my second year still mending a very broken leg. Life is such an unpredictable and wild ride.
Throughout the past year, I have learned what hearing health care is. I have worked as a graduate assistant. I’ve volunteered at community clinics and pediatric hospitals. I’ve done aural rehabilitation with two kiddos on a weekly basis. I have assisted in writing a cochlear implant manual for the U of U hospital. I have honed in on my interests and passions.
This semester brings so many new adventures: more work hours, a teaching assistant position in one of my favorite topics, an intensive fellowship focusing on working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, the start of earning my Global Health Certificate, a leadership role in our student government organization, and endless opportunities for learning and growing.
My graduate school experience has been a combination of being given incredible opportunities and also creating my own. I am grateful for a program full of professors and mentors who foster professionalism and take learning seriously, but also allow me the freedom to be my quirky, weird, tattooed, social work-y self. I’m grateful for the incredible cohort I’m a part of. I hope to continue approaching my schooling with an open mind and heart. Bring it on, second year.👂🏼