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Speech-language master’s student Zoe Welch: ‘The best SLPs have come together to make the best program’

Speech-language master’s student Zoe Welch: ‘The best SLPs have come together to make the best program’

Zoe Welch earned her undergraduate degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders at the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences and is now in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program. She is part of the first cohort to complete the CSD undergraduate program and transition into the MS SLP Program, and is part of the third cohort of the MS SLP Program

Why did you choose this JU program?
At JU you get professors who are the best in their field and the most passionate about what they do. I am not just a number in a large auditorium but a budding medical professional who the faculty members want to educate, encourage, and empower.

What do you like best about the program?
This program is new to JU. All of the best SLP’s from all around have come together to make the best program at JU!

What made you choose to pursue a career in this area?
I have always been fascinated with how and why our bodies function or malfunction. I love neuroscience. In my undergrad I was able to be a part of the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center. This allowed me to see how many underprivileged children were in need of services in the First Coast region. So many children are at risk of failure in school and life due to unaddressed speech, language and hearing needs. Also, my time at the Brooks Rehabilitation Aphasia Center let me work with people with aphasia (PWA) as a result of stroke or TBI. As a speech-language pathologist, I will be able to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. This field has so many avenues that you can explore and make a change in people’s lives. I want to be a part of making daily living the best it can be for those whom need these services.

What do you hope to pursue after graduation?
After Graduation, I hope to work with multiple populations. I hope to work with Jacksonville’s underprivileged preschool population. Also, I would like to follow my love of neuroscience and work with the post stroke and TBI population.