When I was younger I was often asked the question: “What do you want to be when you’re grown up?” and my answer would vary depending on my mood that day. Sometimes it was a pastry chef (I love cake), sometimes it was a choreographer (I have a long love affair with musicals) and for one brief period it was a wildlife photographer (I was watching a lot of David Attenborough). One thing that was a constant, however, was that I was never really sure.

I came to University to study English Literature. I was a total bookworm and the idea of studying the classics sounded like a dream, but I soon realised it was not quite for me. I much preferred reading novels for pleasure as opposed to analysing every aspect of them! Due to the set up at The University of Glasgow I was able to switch to studying English Language as my main subject. I have enjoyed my four years immensely, in particular the more modern subjects such as sociolinguistics, semantics and phonetics. I loved learning about what goes on in our head that causes us to speak the way we do, how we can sound so different from others and the ways that society can shape the way we talk and communicate. I knew I wanted to do something related to linguistics when I left university, but at first I didn’t really have a clue what that could be.

I first became interested in the idea of speech therapy as a possible career after seeing a “day in the life” style article in a magazine. It was years ago now, but I remember being drawn to the type of things a speech therapist could do on a daily basis. The variety was appealing to me, as the idea of being stuck at a desk doing the same thing every day of the week did not appeal to me in the slightest!  The King’s Speech had also just been released in the cinema around that time and this raised my interest in the idea of a career in speech therapy, albeit in a far more stylised and glamorous way. I knew 99% of Speech Therapists wouldn’t end up treating a monarch or anyone remotely famous, but it certainly stirred my interest in the career again.

In my final year of Uni, the idea of becoming a speech therapist when I finished my degree became even more appealing and for once I had a firm idea of what I wanted to do. I began looking into possible postgraduate courses and ended up applying for Queen Margaret University in Musselburgh. The application deadline came around the same time as my first essay deadline of fourth year, for most of December I could be found trying to pull together CVs, covering letters and book references in a flurry of manic activity! Thankfully the stress paid off and I was offered a conditional spot on the course. It kept me motivated through the rest of the year and now I sit writing this, a 2:1 graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma starting in August lined up. It’s strange and slightly crazy to think I have a “proper” job possibly waiting for me, but incredibly exciting at the same time. I know what I’ll be training in will make a real difference to people’s lives, and that makes me very proud.

And besides, I’d rather eat all the cakes than make them.

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