I have experienced many benefits as a result of the five-year program. However, one of the greatest benefits is the strong sense of community. Because we aren't competing for limited spaces in graduate programs, the students in the program are encouraging and eager to help each other. The five-year program fosters a strong support system among its students.
Valerie Schmidt - Class of 2016; 2017
Marywood's five-year program was the best choice for me because it was where I felt the most at home. I was greeted with nothing but warm smiles and welcoming faces, and nothing has changed since then.
Claudia Shandra - Class of 2019
My professors and my experience at the Marywood Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic prepared me with the clinical skills and education to succeed in my graduate clinical internship. My internship hired me right out of graduate school and I have been working with the company since!
Jillian Gradzki - Class of 2012
I am so thankful for being accepted into this program and completing it in the 5 years. I think the best decision I've made was to go through the Marywood CSD program. Thank you for everything over these 5 years!!
Michelle Gianesses - Class of 2015
I love my new job! I really feel that our program prepared me for the clinic I am in. I feel confident on a daily basis when working with the clients and interacting with the parents as well!
Christina Mennella - Class of 2013
Personally, I couldn't imagine being in any other program than the 5 year program I am in now. It has been a pleasure getting to know my professors and vice versa, and with the five-year program, I am able to work alongside my professors through the on-campus clinic and further establish relationships with them. I am also able to stay with the same students in the graduate phase that I have been with for the last 3 years as an undergraduate. A 5 year program is a wonderful opportunity and I would suggest it to anyone interested
Erin Byrne - Class of 2016; 2018
It really is mind blowing to look back on the growth I've experienced over the past 5 years. It is at times still intimidating to "take myself seriously" in lack of better words, but I am excited to always learn with each new experience & cannot wait to see what the future holds beginning the next chapter of my life.
Rachel Hoyt-Chiara - Class of 2012
Marywood’s five-year program was and is a great choice! My cohort (my peers in the major) are like my second family. Since freshman year, I have been with the same 25-30 students for all of my communication sciences and disorders department courses. The small class size is beneficial as it allows you to get to know your peers and the faculty gets to know everyone on an individual basis. Being able to observe in the on-campus clinic starting as a freshman gave me great insight, which I have carried with me as a current student clinician at Marywood.
Amanda Donaldson - Class of 2016; 2017