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SLP Masters, Bilingual, Dominican Woman

A bilingual and bicultural Dominican woman born and raised in New York City, I hope to attain a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology with a bilingual extension (Spanish/English). Looking forward to advice and guidance concerning career options as a graduate student in your program, I have taken several education courses because I am considering working in a school setting but want to keep my options open at this point. Being selected for your program will allow me the opportunity to give something back to society and especially the neediest members of my local community. I am active in social justice issues and this is tied to the fact that I am a person of color, a woman, and a member of a minority group.

It is my hope to be of special assistance to Spanish-speaking children who face communication challenges. Spanish is my mother tongue and English the language that I learned to speak in school as a little girl. This will help me to reach and to lift up some of the most vulnerable of little people in our community. I am proud of the fact that in July of 2015 I quit one job to accept another that resulted in my earning half what I was making before. Going from being first a waitress and then a restaurant manager to becoming a Care Provider Assistant at a large daycare center was the best decision of my life so far. Now, I have a mission, a calling, and I cannot wait to get to work each day to see the children.

At the same time, I have been working most diligently at my undergraduate degree and will finish this coming May of 2016 with my major in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences with a concentration in Bilingualism complimented by minors in Early Childhood Education and Spanish. Among my many activities at the daycare center is that of tutoring children with special needs, helping to develop their reading skills in particular. I also tutor bilingual children having trouble with English as second language. Giving back to the community has given me a brighter perspective on life; there is no better way to understand your blessings than to help people in need. I help out in my community, churches and other facilities that collect donated clothing and help out with activities for the Bronx Parents Autism Support Circle.

In the daycare where I work there was a child that was speech delayed. I would see the speech therapist come a few times a week to have short sessions with the child and she would focus on his unique learning styles, creating activities specifically designed to respond to his unique challenges so as to enhance his ability to communicate. I was intrigued by the fact that, over a period of time, I was myself witness to his vast improvement. I would mimic her activities after observing her lessons and noticed how this very much improved his capacity to communicate.

I love the emotional as well as intellectual aspects of SLP, the teamwork, and most of all the intense privilege of helping children to better communicate – throughout their lifetimes - with those who share their social world. I want the sheer joy of seeing positive changes in a child’s life across developmental domains, watching the child open up new worlds along the way. In addition to practice, I look forward to a lifetime of research into language-based learning disabilities, particularly among Spanish-speaking children. I thank you for considering my application.

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