by Pamela Wiley
It’s graduation season and I can’t help but notice all of the brand new speech-language pathologists coming out of graduate programs across the country. What’s more is that I can’t help but be so happy for them! Here’s why: It seems as if it was just yesterday that I was a free spirited sophomore who decided to take a random class in phonetics. Little did I know this class would influence my life’s work. The class was taught by a young Ph.D., Gloria Weddington, who helped to focus me and, much to my mother’s delight, give me a purpose.
As a senior, Dr. Weddington took me to my first ASHA Convention where she introduced me to all the leaders in our profession. What impressed me most was how well liked and respected she was by everyone. She would introduce me to her colleagues as her “little student” who was going to be a great addition to our profession. She believed in me and I believed in myself. Once I received my master’s degree, I was ready to set the world on fire!