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Hope Hagerman

Hope HagermanHometown: Sherwood, AR

Major: Speech-Language Pathology

Expected Graduation: Spring 2017

Why did you choose to attend Louisiana Tech?

I had a friend that attended Tech for speech pathology and she told me about how awesome  the program was. Although I was not sure if I wanted to move away for graduate school, I quickly learned of Tech’s stellar standing in this field and I became very intrigued. After coming to Ruston and visiting the campus a few times, I knew that Tech was the place for me.

What has been the highlight of your Tech experience?

I have had many wonderful experiences at Tech. I would have to say that one of the best highlights was being a student clinician in the Louisiana Tech Speech and Hearing Clinic during my first year of graduate school. I was able to work with some amazing children and adults and I learned so much about this field. I got to work with the best faculty and supervisors and even got to work with some of my classmates in co-therapy sessions. Overall, it was an awesome experience! I also have made the best of friends here at Tech. Coming to school without knowing a single soul in Ruston was a different experience for me. But, I had the best, most welcoming class and I quickly made lifelong friends. I am thankful for Tech because, had I not chosen to come to school here, I would have definitely missed out!

What advice would you give incoming students?

I would advise incoming students to embrace every opportunity. The good, the bad, and the ugly—they are all put into your life to be learning experiences. School is not easy and there will always be hard times, however, how you choose to handle the difficult times helps shape you into the person and professional you are becoming. Also, I have learned that when life gets challenging (especially in graduate school), it is vital to have people to encourage you, study with you, laugh with you, and cry with you. I would recommend incoming students to try to find people or classmates that constantly lift you up and are there for you. My final piece of advice is to enjoy and embrace every moment because, before you know it, it flies by and you will be on your way out of Tech!

What do you hope to do after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to move back to Central Arkansas and begin working as a speech-language pathologist. As of right now, I am not sure what setting I would like to be in, but I am thinking I want to work with children. What I do know for sure is that I want to help people communicate and I want to make a difference in their lives. Because this is such a rewarding field, I am excited to get out into the real world and get to working!