While many students were spending their summer vacations riding the waves or soaking up the sun at the beach, Gloria Lee ’14 spent her summer with Adventures in Communications at Camp Meadowood Springs in Oregon and providing health screenings to the local communities in Honduras.
As a student clinician, Lee worked with children with communications and social learning challenges. She saw three clients a week and provided two hours of therapy during each session. She also provided additional therapy sessions throughout the day during activities such as confidence courses, arts and crafts, zip line canopies, canoeing, nature hikes, and swimming as well as many others.
It was through Lee’s Pacific connections that she learned about this unique opportunity. One of her classmates was a recent student clinician and gave a presentation about how the Camp changed her life.
Lee’s trip to Honduras was also a result of her Pacific connection. Lee traveled with Michael Chuang ’14, Lee’s boyfriend and a student pharmacist, and the Rho Pi Phi Fraternity to Honduras where they shadowed doctors, gynecologists, dentists, pharmacists, and other health care practitioners. In addition, they provided free community health services at local schools such as blood pressure screenings and taught kids how to brush their teeth.
Her favorite memory was “hearing my client say basic words like cat and bathroom in Spanish for the first time. I was so excited.”
“I learned to be flexible with the children because different things work with different kids and we must learn to adapt to each of their needs. It made me more confident in what I had already learned and that speech is really what I wanted to do,” said Lee.
Lee initially came to Pacific as a candidate in the two-three pre-pharmacy advantage program after being inspired by her mom, a pharmacist and alumna of the School. Although she had completed her requirements to apply to the doctor of pharmacy program, she quickly changed her mind after a friend told her about the speech-language pathology program.
“I always knew that I enjoyed helping people, working with kids and loved language and literacy. It is my passion. When I learned about the opportunities that the speech-language pathology program had to offer, I knew it was the right career path for me,” said Lee. She said after speaking about the program further with Professor Simalee Smith-Stubblefield ’82 she was even more excited because the profession would “allow me to work with people of all age groups and work in all type of settings.”
Currently she serves as the co-chair for fundraising on Pacific’s National Student Speech-Hearing-Language Association executive board, is secretary and bible study leader in Delta Delta Delta Fraternity, and serves as a Pacific Ambassador. She is also heavily involved with Relay for Life where she served three years as captain in high school and again last year here at Pacific. She hopes to continue to travel on mission trips and travel to third world countries to provide health services. After graduation, Lee hopes to continue her education here at Pacific in the master’s of speech-language pathology program.
By Dua Her '09