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McNair Scholars

Sarah Kate Coleman

Dalton High School
Dalton, Georgia
Public Health, B.S.

My internship in Cambodia helped me see first-hand the ever-present importance of speech and language in a person's life, and ultimately led me to pursue a career in speech-language pathology.    

Impactful experience: 
The most impactful experience that I had during my time at UofSC was spending the summer of 2019 teaching English in Cambodia. I served as an international intern with Freedom’s Promise, a non-profit organization that works to prevent human trafficking and restore communities in Southeast Asia. This opportunity piqued my interest in the importance of communication, and ultimately led me to pursue  a career in speech-language pathology. 

Enjoy most as a TS:
My favorite thing about being a scholar is the friendships I’ve made. Two of my roommates are also Top Scholars and we have lived together for three years. This program definitely gave me two of my closest friends! 

When I started at UofSC, I thought I had a good idea of what I would be doing with my life. Little did I know that this would change multiple times throughout my four years. At every turn, I encountered support from friends and professors who asked me the hard questions, which brought me where I am now – preparing to begin the masters in speech-language pathology program at UofSC. Working in a research lab in the department of communication sciences and disorders has been such an amazing experience and has helped me grow academically as well as personally. My time at UofSC has encouraged me to become more confident in what I value and has prepared me to start this next season of life. 

Post-graduate plans: 
After graduation, Sarah Kate will be attending graduate school to obtain her masters in speech-language pathology at the University of South Carolina. 

Career goals/professional aspirations: 
My goal is to become a speech-language pathologist and work in a clinic or hospital. I would love to specialize in Auditory Verbal Therapy or work with bilingual populations.   

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