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Xue Bao, MS-SLP student

 

Xue Bao

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Early Intervention concentration, '18 

 

 

 

Why did you decide to work in Speech-Language Pathology?
Speech-Language Pathology is a very integrated and diverse field, and it is such an inspiring job! I love to work with people and families, to know their stories, and to see people being more confident and becoming the person they want to. I love to see that with an SLP's help and support, people become better communicators.

What attracted you to the MGH Institute Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program?
I was attracted by the school's reputation and the way the program is organized. When I started school at the MGH Institute, I was amazed by how devoted and supportive our faculty members are, and the way that the clinical training is organized.

Have you chosen a concentration?
Yes, I've chosen Early Intervention.

What about the MGH Institute is special to you?
Unlike other, big schools, the MGH Institute is very focused and knows it's future direction. Our program also is doing some pioneer work in the field, such as promoting interprofessional training and achieving functional living goals.

What impact has your clinical experience during the program had on you?
I like the structure of our clinical training and the amount of support and supervision I got from each different level of my clinical experience. In the first placement I was closely monitored and the supervisors gradually took away the support and allowed me to have more independence. The feedback I received was also very constructive and inspiring. Instead of telling me what to do specifically, they’d ask me the question, "What do you think works the best for your client?" The MGH Institute is training me to become the clinician I want to be in the future.

What do you appreciate most about your classmates?
My classmates are all very intelligent, responsive, and supportive. I have always been more than satisfied with the group members with whom I do my group projects. They are all so helpful and inspiring. I learn a lot from them.

Does the Institute offer any special resources you use?
I am so proud to be a member of the IHP community. The reputation of the MGH Institute is the biggest gift I have received from the IHP. I learned so much from all the courses. Also the career service is very helpful too! Russ Abbatiello gave me lots of good advice on my resume.

What are your plans for after graduation?
I'm planning to become a bilingual pediatric speech-language pathologist. There is a huge need of bilingual (Mandarin/English) speech-language pathologists among the population. I want to help bilingual-speaking kids to become better communicators and help the newcomers to get used to their school life quicker.

What's your favorite part about studying in Boston?
Boston is a great city to explore. Among all the interesting things, my favorites are dining and shopping. There're so many good restaurants and stores in the Boston area. There's no chance that a person can be bored in Boston.

What are your prior degrees?
BS, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2016

Where did you work before coming to the MGH Institute?
While studying at the University of Syracuse, I was hired as the only undergraduate tutor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, tutoring students in hearing science, and anatomy and physiology. I also worked as a supervised student clinician at the Gebbie Clinic.

 

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Jan Amour Llorico

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, '19

 

 

 

Why did you decide to work in Speech-Language Pathology?
I’ve studied languages ranging from Hawaiian to Turkish and enjoy delving into new worlds of history, music, and literature. Admiring the complexity of grammar and sound systems around the world enables me to help individuals grasp the spoken and written English language.

What attracted you to the MGH Institute Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program?
I admire its inclusivity and the respect for every individual in our program. I love facing the challenges in classes and clinic with the support of the professors, faculty, and my colleagues.

What about the MGH Institute is special to you?
With its inclusivity and respect for every individual, the MGH Institute is unique due to its goal of training young professionals to becoming exceptional leaders in health care.

What impact has your clinical experience during the program had on you?
I am able to use all the knowledge that I have gained from my professors and mentors with real-world case studies.

Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?
I am excited to be involved in kinsHIP and the MGH IHP Spanish Club. Diversity – celebrated and valued!

What do you appreciate most about your classmates?
Like puzzle pieces combining together, each of us in our cohort brings a unique life story that we can share, relate, and learn from.

What are your plans for after graduation?
I am interested in researching the speech sound acquisition of Native Hawaiian children. I am intrigued by accents and dialectal differences, so I would also like to coach actors and help second-language speakers of English in the future.

What's your favorite part about studying in Boston?
Coming from California, I enjoy learning about the cultural differences between the West Coast and the East Coast. In my spare time, I enjoy visiting historical sites in Boston that played an important part in the foundations of our country.

What is your prior degree?
BA, Communicative Disorders, San Francisco State University

Where did you work before coming to the MGH Institute?
While in my undergraduate program I was the 2016–2017 Vice President and Head Volunteer Coordinator of the San Francisco Branch of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA).

 

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Colleen Reynolds

Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology '19