What are your specific interests in audiology? What are your professional goals related to these interests?
As someone who has a bilateral hearing loss who wears hearing aids, I would love nothing more than to either specialize in pediatric audiology or in the elderly population. I have been the patient all my life, so I can certainly empathize with how intimidating it can be to hear that your child has a hearing loss or to find out at an older age that you need hearing aids after not experiencing hearing loss at earlier stages in life. Having been the patient, I would love nothing more than to lead by example and be able to reassure parents and loved ones that it will be okay, that we can work through this together to find the best solution.
Have you previously volunteered with the SAA?
Yes! I am currently serving as president of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign SAA Chapter.
Aside from the SAA, what other relevant volunteer experiences do you have?
I previously volunteered at a local animal shelter when I was an undergrad at University of Illinois at Springfield. During my time there, I helped with adoption events and shelter maintenance.