In 2013 I came to UNT as a Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology major. I spent much of my time at UNT volunteering over 100 hours in the UNT literacy program Success for Life through Reading, coordinating volunteers as well as reading and orchestrating crafts with preschoolers. I focused much of my academic energy toward research, performing a literature analysis on the effect of parental presence on child language acquisition under the guidance of Dr. Tom Miles of the Honors College, and completing an undergraduate thesis on quantifying blast-induced traumatic brain injury through acoustic analysis under the mentorship of Dr. Amyn Amlani of the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Department. For this research and other academic efforts, I received the David B. Kesterton Award from the Honors College, and graduated as a Distinguished Honors Scholar May 2016.
I graduated summa cum laude in three years, and will continue my education Fall 2016 as a member of the Vanderbilt University Speech-Language Pathology Class of 2018, where I will have the opportunity to continue my research and work with experts on traumatic brain injury, as well as perform clinical work at some of the best hospitals in the country. I hope to one day work at a VA Hospital with veterans who are victims of traumatic brain injury and other life-altering injuries.