Hello! My name is Haley Tevnan and I am a first year Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) student and Treasurer of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) organization here at Salus University. I am a Penn State alumna with an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
I want to pursue a career in the field of SLP because I have a strong interest in helping clients meet and exceed their goals. Communication is the basis of advocacy and I am passionate about ensuring my future clients have a voice to express their wants and needs.
When choosing a graduate program, the Salus University SLP program stood out to me for a number of reasons. The emphasis on early clinical exposure, evidence-based practice, and a supportive faculty of clinical educators and professors were some of the main reasons for my decision to attend Salus.
As a student with one semester completed, I am thrilled with the clinical experience I have garnered so far and look forward to learning more about the field.
Below is what a typical day in my life looks like as a Salus SLP student and student clinician:
6:15 a.m.: Wake up, make breakfast, pack lunch/gym clothes and get dressed for the day!
7:00 a.m: Leave my house; I adhere to a strict 7:00 a.m. departure because stopping at Dunkin’ is a non-negotiable.
7:45 a.m.: Arrive on campus and prepare all my note-taking materials before class begins.
8:00 - 1:00 p.m.: I have two classes during this time, one is Research Design and the second is focused on Dysphagia, which is a swallowing disorder.
1:05 p.m.: Leave campus and go to the YMCA in Warminster for a quick workout and shower before clinic.
3:00 - 5:15 p.m.: Report to KI Preschool across the street from Salus. This is one of the many potential sites for an off-campus clinic that allows Salus SLP students the opportunity to help facilitate early speech and language enriching environments within the Elkins Park, Pennsylvania community.
5:15 - 6:00 p.m.: Debrief the session with our Clinical Educator and discuss plans for next week.
6:45 p.m.: Home! I make myself dinner, complete any class assignments or clinical documentation and end the night with a 30 minute sitcom. (Right now, I’ve been loving Brooklyn 99)