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Kylee Haller

MA-SLP Graduate Student, Fall 2016
February 21, 2017

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am an incoming graduate student in the speech-language pathology program. I am originally from Eau Claire, WI, but have been in Minneapolis for three years. I keep myself fairly busy with school and research, but outside of that I love to explore the Twin Cities, be with friends and family, and travel. I am hoping to see the rest of Europe once I am done with my master’s program!

Why did you choose to attend our graduate program?

I chose the University of Minnesota for my graduate program for many reasons. I had an incredible experience as an undergraduate student here. I fell in love with Minneapolis, everything it had to offer, and felt like I fit well within the SLHS department. The faculty is exceptional and has provided me with some of the greatest opportunities of my educational career. I knew I wanted to stay at a large university where I had not only incredible opportunities clinically, but also extensive, easily accessible connections for research within the University and with outside collaborative institutions.

Why did you choose speech?

I chose speech-language pathology in middle school. My grandpa was diagnosed with brain cancer and subsequently received SLP services. I was so impressed with my grandpa’s SLP and the outcome of his therapy helped him immensely. This was my first experience with speech-language pathology and I instantly fell in love with it. It was the perfect blend of all of my interests. I could not be more excited about my future as a SLP.

What are your professional goals/aspirations?

My professional aspirations include working as a clinician to gain certification, but ultimately continuing my education. I hope to pursue a PhD with the goal of doing clinical research and becoming a professor. I have had such great mentors at the University of Minnesota and I want to be able to give that back to future students.

What do you feel sets our department and the University apart?

The University of Minnesota’s SLHS department has quickly become a second home to me. Everyone has the utmost respect for one another and work collaboratively in all aspects. The faculty is extremely friendly and open to discussing questions, concerns, and interests’ students have. Overall, the faculty and staff go above and beyond to provide the best experience for all of their students.