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Master of Speech Pathology student Henry Keegan loves his course, his student group, and the scope of his profession.
Henry Keegan is set to be one of the first graduates of the Master of Speech Pathology program at UTS. He’s wanted to be a speech pathologist ever since he was at high school.
“I stumbled across it one day when I was doing work experience and I thought it seemed like a great fit for me. I wanted to work with kids and I thought it was a good mix of science and communication.”
The practical nature of the course suits Henry.
“UTS is the right fit for me. I like the mix of technology in the classroom where a lot of our activities are interactive and the learning involves more workshops than lectures.”
He particularly values the way learning is varied and relevant.
“I think the facilities are really great, the classrooms and the new building. We’ve used ultrasounds in the classroom. We go to see the anatomy labs when studying the larynx or looking at the brain in learning neuro-anatomy.”
Speech pathology is developing in line with the technology for augmented and alternative communication (AAC).
“UTS has a huge bank with every possible AAC device on it.”
But with so many great subjects, it’s hard for him to name a favourite area of practice.
“Every class feels like a new highlight. I finish and think, I really want to do that now. And then I do a new subject on something totally different and I think, now I want to do that.”
It’s a really great profession. I think it’s really exciting to see what’s going to happen next and I’m excited to get out there.
The scope of the course offers students insight into all areas of speech pathology.
“I think a lot of people don’t know the broad scope in which speech pathologists are operating. The cool thing about the course is that it qualifies you for everything but in such a way that you can find your niche. Right now, I don’t know exactly what I want to do because there are so many interesting things and I’m keeping my options open.”
Clinical placements in the workplace are a highlight for Henry and a chance to use what he’s learnt.
“We’re not just learning random theory for the sake of it. Now that I’m on placement, I’ve used a lot of the things we’ve learned. I also like the progression you see on placements. I think seeing yourself and especially your clients improve it is a really motivating thing. I feel so much more confident in what I’m talking about now and I can see its helping people.”
Henry is definitely studying the right course in the right place.
“I really like how you can track someone’s progress and see that they couldn’t do a skill six weeks ago and now they’re really good at it. The impact that has on their day-to-day lives is really motivating and encouraging. It makes me want to try even harder next time.”
And the future is something to look forward to.
“It’s a really great profession. I think it’s really exciting to see what’s going to happen next and I’m excited to get out there.”