Inspired by her speech-language pathology experience at University of the Pacific Tracey Tong ’14 is furthering her education at University of Washington. There she’ll obtain her master’s in medical speech-language pathology (SLP). She credits the clinical experience she received at Pacific to her successful transition to graduate school, where she is already far ahead of her peers. Tong hopes to use her master’s as a foundation for pursuing her passion: a career working in hospitals where she will be a force of love and hope in patients’ lives.
Tong graduated from University of the Pacific in May 2014. She misses her Pacific professors, whom she feels cared about her like family. In particular, she is grateful for her faculty advisor Dr. Jeannene Ward-Lonergan, Professor of Speech-Language Pathology. She remembers how Dr. Ward-Lonergan was always willing to talk and answer her questions.
Tong received the Florence Scott van Gilder “Tolley” Endowed Award. The scholarship inspired her to become an outstanding clinician because she knew the faculty at Pacific believed in her. Tong recommends the SLP field of study to prospective students.
“It’s rewarding to see the improvements in patients’ lives,” she said. “The work is worth it.”
Tong was raised in Fremont, Calif. In her spare time she enjoys crocheting, baking, hiking and playing volleyball. In addition she loves being involved in her local church. In the future Tong hopes to serve the less fortunate through medical missions abroad. She feels it is her duty to help others who did not have access to the same benefits. Tong looks forward to keeping in touch with other Pacific SLP alumni as she continues her career. She expects to be amazed by what her fellow Pacific graduates achieve.
By Matthew Muller '14