Prior to going back to grad school, I worked as an in-home caregiver for 3 years. I loved what I did, getting to meet with people in vulnerable moments and figure out how to best support them with their day to day activities, as well as being a companion so their family could have respite. I worked closely with a client with dementia and she often needed quite complex care. One thing that was clear in her memory was that she “used to be one of the first speech and language pathologists!” She loved talking about working with her students and what an impact they had on her life, her vivid memories were a testament to how special being an SLP was to her. She was one of the people who inspired me to look into speech myself. I began my career working with the older population and loved it. When I switched to school-age students, I was worried I wouldn’t be as skilled or be able to connect as well with them. It turns out, I really enjoy working with middle and high school students, particularly with students who are neuro-divergent. My students inspire me every day to be the best version of myself as a clinician and as a human. I could share so much more, if you ever want to chat speech, let’s grab a cup of coffee!