My Perfect Major at IU: Speech and Hearing

In high school, I was really concerned about having my major picked out for college. I knew that the odds of sticking with whatever I came up with were slim to none, but I'm a little bit of a control freak, so I figured I'd try. 

In high school I was in show choir and did some musicals, and that's all I could think of doing. I considered music or music education, but I was never very good at music theory. So that was out. I always thought I would like being a teacher, so I considered that, but wasn't sure if I would be happy being in a school for the rest of my life when I was already so over high school. I have always been very social and have wanted to work with people, and would love to do something medical, but I don't have the math or science smarts it takes to be a nurse or doctor. And that's when I discovered speech pathology. 

I'm not even sure who I first heard about it from. Maybe it was my mom, but I knew that one of my show choir director's wife was a speech pathologist, so I thought I would shadow her and see what I thought...

I absolutley loved it. I completely fell in love with the kids she got to work with, the things she got to teach them, and the impact she was able to make in their lives. She was making them able to speak better, more clearly, by playing games and interacting with kids the way I have always wanted. I learned that I could also have the option of working in a hospital, with the elderly and brain injury victims and so on. It seemed perfect. So then came the college search with this major in mind...

Needless to say, I picked IU knowing this was my major. I looked at several other universities and knew that this was the place I wanted to be studying Speech and Hearing. You have the option at IU to either take the course of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and can choose between Audiology, Speech Pathology, or general Speech and Hearing. I am going with the BA and Speech Pathology route but have looked into all my options. IU has a speech and hearing clinic on campus, and that was something I loved about the department. It also lead me to take sign language as my foreign language, and I have never been so passionate about a class before it. The advisor for the department, Joshua Kemp, has been a HUGE help and has made everything with my major go so smoothly. 

And if I haven't described what speech and hearing majors can do well enough, here are some of my favorite videos of cochlear implants being turned on, allowing people to hear. This is something I could work with in my job someday:

I hope this gave you all a little insight into why I chose my major, and why IU is such a great place for speech and hearing!


About The Author
Brooke MankinSpeech-Language Pathology major, Class of 2015

I am a Speech-Language Pathology major with a Psychology minor and Folklore/Ethnomusicology minor in the Class of 2015. On campus, I am an active member of my sorority, a member of the Indiana Hoosierettes pom and dance team, and a member of Hoosier Tap Company, a new tap dance group on campus. I also teach tap dance at Windfall Dancers here in Bloomington. I love musicals, all things Disney, and writing!