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Jacinta Smyth

I’m currently in my second and final year of my Masters of Speech Pathology. To be honest, I had no idea this was what I wanted to do when I finished school, and originally planned to take a gap year. However, while on holiday I decided to go to University to complete a Bachelor of Science rather than defer. I majored in Psychology and one day in my final year, a friend suggested I go into Speech Pathology. I did some research, applied and was offered a place.

PVCC was a great environment where I felt supported and encouraged to achieve the best I could in whatever I did. And probably more importantly, supported and encouraged in my relationship with God. My teachers genuinely cared about me and this makes a huge difference in the life of a teenager. It was also the place where I formed deep and long lasting friendships that I continue to maintain, that encourage and strengthen my faith, and support me through the stress of masters.

I love my course now, in spite of the stress it brings me (the website warns that it is not for the faint-hearted!), because I love the subject material and it’s a small course where I know everyone (one of the things I miss about school is the social aspect of spending a lot of time with your friends without even trying). I have always been interested in languages, and learning about how children develop speech and language fascinates me. I also love the diversity of Speech Pathology, as it includes not only helping children learn speech and language, but a range of other components such as adult swallowing, paediatric feeding and alternative and augmented communication.

 I can’t believe how fast time has gone since I finished school! At the end of the year, I will have completed 5 years of university, and be a qualified Speech Pathologist.