Hometown: St. Simons Island, Ga.
Major: M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders
Class of 2013
Communication Is Key
When considering which graduate program to pursue, Armstrong student Caroline Shem-Tov chose communication science and disorders—one that would combine both her love for science and her passion for helping others.
“I love the science of this program. I love helping people,” she says. “I feel like I’m using the knowledge of everything I’ve learned my whole life.”
As a communication science and disorders major, Caroline is a therapist at Armstrong’s Rite Care Center, a low-cost speech therapy program. The work prepares Caroline for her dream job—becoming a speech language pathologist for stroke patients or for speech-impeded children.
“I began the program thinking I’d prefer working in a hospital where I would mainly provide therapy to stroke patients,” she says. “ I really didn’t think that I would like working in a school, but these past two semesters since I have provided therapy to children in the RiteCare Center, I have really enjoyed working with children as well. I feel like my parenting skills help me empathize with the parents and be able to make the sessions engaging for the children.”
Between working at the Rite Care Center and attending classes, Caroline also maintains memberships in the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and in Hillel, an on-campus Jewish organization. All of this she keeps up while raising two small children.
Her dedication to family and school is what made Caroline stand out as a candidate for the Program for Continuing Education (PCE) Grant. In fall 2012, she will receive this $2,000 scholarship award specifically to hard-working women who are continuing their education.
After graduation, Caroline will continue to work hard in hopes of making a difference in others’ lives as a speech language pathologist.
“People who have lost their ability to speak, to them they have lost their identity. If they can regain their speech, then it will make a world’s difference to them,” she says.
In the meantime, being a part of the communication science and disorders program provides Caroline with the challenge and sense of fulfillment she needs to stay motivated.
“It’s challenging, and it’s fun. I feel like I’m making a big difference in the world,” she says. “I’m making a contribution that’s meaningful.”