Emily Crowl

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What made you choose the CDS field?
I was actually at an open house for another university and I joined a session to learn about their Occupational Therapy program. They spoke about Speech-Language Pathology as well and I thought, "Hmm.. That sounds interesting." It was as simple as that for me. 

Why UB? Why did you choose UB for your undergraduate or your graduate program? What stood out to you, what did you like or anything different UB offered compared to other programs?
Ironically, UB was towards the bottom of my list for undergraduate schools that I wanted to attend. I ended up going with UB due to the highly competitive CDS program, proximity to home, and cost. Fast forward, UB/Buffalo truly became my second home so I decided to continue there for graduate school!  

How has your time at UB prepared you for your current endeavors?
You will hear this from everyone in the field- you can never truly be prepared for "real life" when you graduate and begin working. However,  working with patients in the graduate clinic alongside my peers and amazing supervisors really gave me all of the tools that I needed to become a successful therapist. Through a range of course offerings and a variety of clinic experiences, I was prepared for both simple and complex cases (e.g. fluency, apraxia, AAC, Autism). 

Where are you now? Please note your work location and what you do.
Since graduating in 2018, I have been with a travel therapy company signing yearly contracts with school districts. Because of this, I have had the opportunity to travel all over for work. I am currently working in Denver, Colorado. If you are able to go with the flow, have flexibility in your life and the ability to move, I highly recommend it!