Carol Ann Smith

What are you doing now?

I am currently a graduate student pursuing my Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at Murray State University in Murray, KY. Murray’s Speech Language Pathology program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Aside from traditional lecture and seminar, students are able to receive clinical experience at the MSU Speech and Hearing Clinic, medical settings and school settings. Ultimately, I see myself practicing in a medical setting, and eventually transitioning into a school setting.

How did UTM Psychology Program help you achieve what you have become?

The classes offered through the UTM Psychology Program have helped me in my graduate studies, and will continue to help me throughout my future career. A couple specific classes would be Abnormal Child Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and Applied Behavioral Analysis. In Abnormal Child Psychology, I learned about countless different disorders and syndromes that I could encounter throughout my career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. I learned the symptoms of these in order to better serve my clients. In Experimental Psychology, I learned about different types of research in order to find evidence-based practice to implement in therapy sessions with clients. In Applied Behavioral Analysis, I gained hands-on experience working with a child with Autism through changing behaviors and taking data, which are things I will use daily in my future career.

What advice would you give to students who are thinking about becoming UTM psychology majors?

The psychology program at UTM is a wonderful program! There are many different opportunities that come with a degree in this field; you are not limited to psychology. I thoroughly enjoyed working towards my degree in psychology; however, I did have to work hard for it. I knew walking in my freshmen year that a master’s in Speech-Language Pathology was my goal. With knowing this, I knew that every class and grade would contribute towards that goal. I was never able to have the “C’s get degrees” attitude, because applying to graduate school in my field is incredibly competitive. With that said, my advice would be to purse a degree in psychology, because there are numerous areas you could work in. Also, be sure you are giving it all you have at all times because a minimum of a graduate degree is needed in some careers.

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