Alexandra Mai is a third-year audiology student at Purdue University and a recipient of the 2018-2019 Judith Blumsack Scholarship. We asked Alexandra a few questions to get to know her and her thoughts about the profession.
What inspired you to go into Audiology?
Watching a video of a baby having his hearing aids turned on. It was so amazing, and I was like, “I want to do that!”.
If you could go back to your first day of grad school, what would you tell yourself?
Don’t stress out (too much) it all works out how it should.
What has been your favorite audiology-related memory so far?
Having a placement at a children’s hospital and getting to work with all types of kids.
What does patient-centered care mean to you?
It means that the patient is the most important part of what we do and all the testing, rehab, and counseling needs to work to make their lives better!
What advice do you have for undergrads interested in audiology?
Take any opportunities you can! Work in a lab, shadow, interview an audiologist… everything helps you learn what you like.
If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What is your favorite Emoji?
You have to sing karaoke, what song would you choose?
“Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
The Judith Blumsack Scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding clinical skills and who shows promise in terms of clinical research and service to the hearing health community. The application for the 2019-2020 scholarship will be made available on the SAA website in early Spring.
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