CD Students Share Their Experiences at the 2017 CSHA Convention

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 22:46


There are many benefits to attending the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) Convention. CD students who attended the 2017 CSHA Convention share their experiences!

Desiree Sasunian (Grad, Class of 2017): 
"My first CSHA Convention was an incredible experience! The courses were so interesting and inspiring. It was also my first experience presenting a poster, and it was so much fun to interact with future colleagues about our research, their own research, and their experiences related to our research."

Sarah Kilby (Grad, Class of 2017):

"CSHA proved to be an invaluable experience for me. I left the conference feeling motivated to try new techniques and tools that I had learned, and excited to see their impact on the children I work with. I was inspired by all of the new colleagues that I met, and I loved getting the opportunity run into familiar faces, and to cheer on my classmates as they presented their theses. What impacted me the most was how inspired I was by the event. I left the conference feeling proud to be in a field full of such passionate, intelligent, and driven professionals, and just as proud to call myself a future SLP."

Tess Kelly (Grad, Class of 2017):
CSHA is an incredible opportunity for graduate students to network with employers and to seek out positions for Clinical Fellowships. I had the pleasure of participating in my first job interviews this weekend for CF positions in Orange County. Having multiple prospective employers in one place allowed me to network conveniently and thoroughly."

Lauren De Smidt (Grad, Class of 2017):
had an amazing experience at my first CSHA convention! I learned more about speech related topics by attending the wide variety of seminars, was inspired by the words of the excellent keynote speaker, met with the wonderful leaders in my district at the District Award Ceremonies, and networked with potential employers and other speech-language pathologists at the Career Fair. I also helped to present a poster highlighting SFSU's Project Building Bridges grant and AAC certificate program, as well as attended the Student Research Symposium where I proudly watched my fellow classmates present their fascinating theses topics. All in all, it was an incredible opportunity and a fantastic experience"

Meredith Wheeldon (Grad, Class of 2017):
"This was my first experience attending the CSHA convention and it was wonderful to attend lectures on a variety of topics. In particular, I learned some a lot from a lecture on evidence-based interventions for autism spectrum disorders. The job offers in the career fair were a bit overwhelming, but it feels good to know that I have options as to where I want to work and with what population. The best part of the event was going with members of my graduate cohort, we've been through the last two years together and this weekend felt really celebratory. I have so much love for my cohort mates! "


CD students group photo at the 2017 CSHA Convention

Front (from left): Gabriela Guerrero, Lauren De Smidt, Meredith Wheeldon
Middle (from left): Christina Mojica, Vanessa Aguirre
Back (from left): Ricky de Leon, Shannon Peterka, Desiree Sasunian, Cristina Nuño, Kareem Darwiche


(From left) Tess Kelly, Sarah Kilby, Shanthi Sivasankaran, Daniel Pearlstone