Not me [Dr. Lockenvitz]. A fantastic AuD student.
I appear to still be rocking the once-a-month-blog-post pace at this point. Send in your submissions – write about whatever you want that is CSD related and share your experiences and thoughts!
Help me stay organized:
Type your story or experience in a Word document.
You may include images or whatever, I’ll find a way to make it work!
Title your Word document “LastName_FirstInitial_CSDBlog_Date”.
Keep it roughly between 500-1000 words, but I can be flexible there.
You can email a submission to SLockenvitz@MissouriState.edu as an attachment.
Many thanks to Madison Turntine, 1st year AuD student, for offering a brief look into her experience with starting the program this fall!
Hello! My name is Madison Turntine, and I am currently a first year student in the Doctor of Audiology program at Missouri State. I am from a small town, Potosi, about an hour and a half south of St. Louis. I attended undergraduate at the University of Missouri. Growing up, I was always interested in going into something in the medical field, but I was not sure I wanted to go to medical school. My younger sister had some ear problems growing up, and I went to several audiology appointments with her, and saw a little bit of what an audiologist does. I thought it may be something I was interested in, so I decided to major in Communication Science and Disorders. I considered being an SLP, as well, but after taking a few classes in both subjects, it was clear to me that I wanted to be an audiologist. When it came time to choose which grad school I would attend, MSU just felt right. I wanted to be somewhat close to home, and MSU was perfect for that. I wanted a school that would prepare me to be a practicing audiologist, and through the numerous offsite experiences, along with the high praxis passing rates, I felt like Missouri State would be a good fit. A huge factor, for both in-state and out-of-state applicants, is affordability. The cost of attending the MSU Audiology program for all 4 years is the same cost that I would have paid at some schools for one semester! I liked the idea that students have the opportunity for Graduate Assistantships, both through the department and other offices throughout campus. Ultimately, MSU just felt right. Currently, I am wrapping up my first semester in the program, and I am so glad I chose this program. The faculty and staff are wonderful, and very helpful in the transition from undergrad to grad school. The transition for many is not easy, but I am slowly getting used to it. The classes are more challenging, and it takes a little time to adjust to the demands, but everyone is helpful in making sure you succeed. I am a GA through the department, which was another adjustment for me. I never really worked while in school during undergrad, so at first I had to find a balance. At this point, I feel like I have been here for years! Moving to a new city is always a challenge, but the students and faculty have been very helpful in this transition as well. Any time I had a question, about places to eat, what areas to avoid, anything, I knew I could speak with a 2nd or 3rd year student, or any of the faculty, and they would provide help. The 2nd year students have been SO helpful in the transition for my classmates and I. I remember the first week, I was wondering how I would fit in. The audiology program is relatively small, so I quickly made friends with my classmates. We have all become close, and I have made some great friends, which I feel is very important in the transition to grad school. Between the staff, my classmates, and the program over all, I am enjoying my first semester as a grad student. I love being able to see patients in the clinic right away, which isn’t something every program offers. There are so many more things I could say about the program, the classes and the transition. If anyone is considering the Missouri State University Au.D. program and would like to talk, or has any questions, feel free to reach out to me, firstname.lastname@example.org Bear Up!