Meet Rebecca Smith

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Like most young adults, I knew by the time I started applying to college that I wanted a career that would allow me to help others. My school counselor recommended a career aptitude test, which recommended the field of Speech and Hearing Science. Upon doing more research, I fell in love with the field and the thought of helping people communicate.

Communication has always been an integral part of my life.

Growing up in a family of seven taught me to appreciate the impact and joy that conversation can bring. My family loves to create our own unique songs and sing them together – these are such special moments that I cherish, and I can’t picture the thought of missing out on them. This field gives me the opportunity to help make sure that other people don’t have to miss out on these small, intimate moments with their own families.

After high school, I moved to Western Massachusetts and attended Elms College where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in communication disorders. This gave me a broad understanding of both speech and hearing, and how the two connect to allow us to communicate with one another. Towards the end of my undergraduate career, my grandmother became very ill, and I moved home to NJ to become her primary caretaker. I found myself cherishing every small conversation and laugh that we shared together, and again thought of all the people who might miss out on these special moments if they were unable to hear them. This is when I made the decision to apply to Montclair State University, which I now attend as a fourth-year graduate student and candidate for a doctoral degree in audiology. As my graduate career has progressed, I have found so much joy when I can help to reconnect with loved ones through the gift of communication, and I am looking forward to a career full of these special moments.

Certifications and Awards

  1. Doctoral Candidate in Audiology — Montclair University, 2023
  2. Bachelor of Science — Elms College, 2017
  3. Licensed NJ Pharmacy Technician

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