We would like to congratulate Melissa Fong on her nomination for one of the awards granted each year by the Oregon Speech and Hearing Association to students who show superior academic, clinical, and leadership skills. We took this opportunity to ask Melissa a few questions.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME AN SLP?
I enjoy the challenge of working with children with disabilities.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT OUR PROGRAM?
The accessibility of the faculty and the camaraderie of my cohort.
WHERE ARE YOU DOING YOUR EXTERNSHIPS?
Working in an elementary school in Los Angeles and working in private practice specializing in pediatric speech and language.
WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO AFTER GRADUATION?
Get a job working in early intervention, resume some of my hobbies, and get married.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS TIME?
I’d like to be supervising graduate students on their externships. I think this would be a great way of giving something back to the field.
Perhaps, I’ll be doing a PhD by then.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
Exercise, learning to knit. I’m trying to finish a baby blanket!
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OUR INCOMING FIRST YEAR MASTERS STUDENTS FOR ACHIEVING A BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND PLAY?
Schedule time for breaks and recreational activities. Carry on the crock-pot Tuesdays!