First Year Speech-Language Pathology Student: Veronica Baez
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First Year Speech-Language Pathology Student: Veronica Baez

Veronica Baez holding flowers in her white coat

My name is Veronica Baez. I currently live in Hatboro next to the Upper Moreland Middle School, which is only 20 minutes away from campus. I am a first-year Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) student with two clinical rotations, one at the Breastfeeding Resource Center and the other at the Speech-Language Institute (SLI) on campus with three clients. We have mostly morning classes except for Wednesdays, which is when we have night class (and I have clinic in the morning).

I received my undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and studied communication sciences and disorders. I absolutely loved my experience as an undergraduate because my professors were amazing and always there to help. I also loved the campus and the students at Penn State. It was the best few years of my life that I will never forget.

I chose Salus because of the chance of working with interprofessional students because in the real world we have to work with other professionals as well. I liked how Salus connected each profession with the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) class and had us work together to give the best possible care for the patient. I also chose Salus because of the Cleft Lip and Palate class and externship opportunities. I was born with cleft lip and palate and want to specialize in it as an SLP. My own personal connection will help those who are going through the process that I went through my whole life and I want to be an advocate for them.

What drew me to Salus when researching graduate institutions was the opportunity to work with other professions at the University and the chance to go to an externship specifically for Cleft Lip and Palate. I love being a student at Salus so far because I have already learned so much in such a short time and the staff here is so supportive. If I ever have a problem or I’m struggling with anything, the staff is there to support me in any way possible, which is very helpful to me in so many ways. I am so happy I picked Salus, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Group photo of Veronica Baez with cohort in white coats

Wednesdays are my busiest days and here’s my schedule:

6 a.m.: I am the type of person who wakes up as soon as the first alarm goes off. I get up, wash up and change into my clinical attire (business casual)

6:30 a.m.: Eat breakfast, pack my lunch bag, brush my teeth, put makeup on, and collect everything I need for the day

7 a.m.: Arrive at Salus and head to SLI and prepare for my first client at 8 a.m.

7:45 a.m.: By this time, I have already collected all the activities that I am going to be working on with my client.

8 – 8:45 a.m.: First session of the day

8:45 – 8:50 a.m.: Talk to the parent of the client about how the session went and debrief with my clinical educator

Veronica Baez at gazebo at the Elkins Park campus9 a.m.: Go on Webex for my next online session until 9:45 a.m.

9:50 – 10 a.m.: Debrief with clinical educator about the session

10 – 10:50 a.m.: Prepare for my next session at 11 a.m. by collecting all the activities I need

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Last session of the day

12 – 12:45 p.m.: Debrief with clinical educator and plan for next week's session.

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.: Clean the room I was in and leave for lunch

1 – 1:45 p.m.: Lunch on campus

2 – 4 p.m.: Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Communication Disorders in Children Zero to Five Class

4 – 6:30 p.m.: Adult Language Disorders 1: Aphasia and Right Hemisphere Damage Class

6:30 p.m.: Head home for the day

7 p.m.: Eat dinner with my family

8 – 10 p.m.: Do any homework that I need to do

10 p.m.: Bedtime!

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