First-Year Speech-Language Pathology Student: Sophie Wollman
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First-Year Speech-Language Pathology Student: Sophie Wollman

My name is Sophie Wollman. I was drawn to Salus at first because of its convenient location and small size. I really loved the idea of being surrounded by only graduate students. I spoke to some alumni, and they all had nothing but good things to say! The virtual information session for Salus was the most positive and enjoyable one I attended. The positivity I felt has only grown as I continue in the program. I feel so lucky to have the most supportive and friendly peers who I get to collaborate with every day.

Sophie Wollman standing at the Elkins Park campus gazebo.I graduated from Ithaca College in 2021. I was a psychology major with minors in deaf studies, counseling and communication disorders! I absolutely loved Ithaca College, but I realized while I was there that psychology was not for me. Being able to add minors like communication disorders and deaf studies really helped me find what I wanted to do. 

While researching where to attend graduate school, I heard only great things about Salus University! I went to a virtual information session and loved the atmosphere and the speakers. I also chose Salus because the student clinicians get to gain real-life clinical experience faster than any other program. I love that my future career is all about helping people and ensuring that everyone has access to communication.

I am currently living in the house I grew up in and it’s only a 20-minute drive from Salus, which is very convenient! I attend classes three days a week and clinic twice a week. For one of those days, I go to the Speech-Language Institute (SLI) and see clients one-on-one and on the other day I visit a preschool and help run the classroom once a week. I'm currently in my second semester, though this schedule is very similar to the first semester.

Sophie Wollman and fellow student clinician gaining hands-on clinical experienceEach day at Salus is completely different. A typical Tuesday or Thursday begins around 7 a.m. I’ll wake up, have some breakfast and make a coffee before my 20- to 30-minute drive to Salus. I set up my spot in the classroom as I’ll stay there for both classes. We meet for every class once a week, so every day is something different. Class will end around 1 p.m. At this point, I either head home or prepare for clinic. If I have clinic, I’ll take a break and eat lunch with some of my classmates. At 2 p.m., I’ll head to SLI. I take the time to talk with my clinical educators and prepare to see my clients. I have one telehealth client, so I pull up the PowerPoint I will show and review all of the slides. Immediately after this session, I see a pediatric client, so I prepare by bringing a few toys into my treatment room. Then I conduct my session with the supervision and guidance of my clinical educators. Afterward, we discuss what went well and what can be improved. I write down notes from each session, begin my paperwork, and once the clock hits 8 p.m., it’s time to go home. A 12-hour day can be very tiring, but I learn so much and have so much support that I look forward to it each week.

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