Who are you?
My name is Emily Wang and I am a bilingual Mandarin-English speaking speech therapist in the preschool setting. I also have a passion for research, with particular interest in the speech sound development of bilingual children.
What field are you in and what attracted you to that field?
I chose to become a speech therapist because being able to communicate is such an important component to our quality of life that we often take for granted until we can no longer do it anymore! I hope to find answers to help everyone to communicate in the most functional way possible through my research interests and experiences within the realm of communicative disorders.
How do you hope to use your master's degree to improve the health of your community?
As an Asian-American speech therapist, I have noticed that a lot of the Asian population is underrepresented because there is a stigma against needing therapy, as well as a lack of knowledge in understanding exactly what speech therapy is. I hope that with my master's degree I will be able to educate people in my community about speech therapy, understanding difference and disorder, and help bilingual children receive the therapy services they may need to help them be fully functioning adults in the future.
What is a resource or advice you wish you had before starting your master's program?
If I could give my pre-master's self some words of advice, I would encourage myself to take more time to enjoy the experience of learning and becoming a researcher and therapist from a student perspective. There is plenty of time for work after we graduate, but there is only so much time we spend in schools under the careful guidance of our master clinicians through internships and externships, as well as with our professors who truly want to see all of us succeed as we represent the future of our field.