Thursday, June 11, 2015

Words of Wisdom from a LEAD Mentee

“There are times when you may want to quit, but if you just push a little longer, you will see why you never gave up in the first place.” –Kira Brewington

                In college, there are many students who are embarrassed to admit that there are times that they want to give up and quit. They may have either been told some misleading information or have heard they hear others speak on what they do not know. I wish I would have known what I know today in those difficult times or else I would have pushed myself a little harder. I was told by an advisor, that I would never make a G.P.A over a 2.0 by the time I graduate. Yet here I am now, close to a 3.0 with a year left to graduate! I listened to people telling me to “do this” and “do that” because I was afraid to make decisions for myself. It was not until a peer mentor told me that he had been through a similar situation and he proved the naysayers wrong, that I was able to get the right advice and motivation I needed. So here I am, reaching out to those students who may be discouraged or mislead. Listen to this message: “Hold on a little longer” because the light really is at the end of your tunnel!

Here are some myths that you may have heard or even tell yourself:

"I give up, enough already with the studying."
"I need a break or my head will explode!"
"It's better to drop a course, rather than to risk a low grade."
"I just can't make it!"
"There’s no way I'm going to pass this class."
"It is no way this hard professor will pass me."
"I'm just not as smart as the others."
"I’ll never understand this material"
“C’s do not get degrees!”
“I will never graduate with the class I came in with”

But in reality:
                Make Dropping a Course Your LAST Resort
If you are thinking about giving up, DON’T! If you've done your best, and I mean your ABSOLUTE best, and you have shown the professor you care, then you WILL make it through! I constantly hear of students wanting to drop courses for various reasons: fear, self-doubt, lack of focus, laziness, poor scheduling, and poor prioritizing. Please also understand that "C’s can get degrees!" Do not be discouraged by a "C" on your transcript! Just as though they can happen, they can be replaced. You can retake the course or try raising your GPA with other courses as well! A little of something is always better than nothing. Study harder the next time, focus more, and you will succeed!

Believe In Yourself
Believe in yourself. A professor once told me that most of life's successes depend on self-confidence. You must change the way you think so that you can change your actions! If you think you can, you can! Think about all the accomplishments that you once doubted before but you stuck with it and overcame it! I have learned that changing your thoughts to positive thinking will help you a whole bunch with your successes now and even in the future. I wake up every morning and say, “Kira, you are no different than the rest, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to,” and that honestly keeps me going.

Do Not Be Afraid To Meet With Your Professor
I wish I could have had someone tell me this one! Maybe I could have avoided a few of those C’s. I was always afraid to talk to my professor because I thought they were too busy or just didn't want to be bothered with me. However, most professors encourage you to go to their office if you have any trouble! You have to understand that they are humans too! They have been in college and have done poorly in classes, experimented with life, and been in exactly the same position you're in now. Talk to them! Get their advice about whether it's wise for you to drop the course or not. Mostly, from my experience, I think they'll tell you to hang in there. Listen to them. Also do not assume anything. Maybe you can ask for extra credit assignments! Sometimes you think, "What's the use? I'm already failing." Maybe, maybe not. Meet with the professor as soon as possible and ask how well you're doing. They just want to know that you are trying and will do whatever it takes to succeed! They want you to pass just as much as you want to but you have to do the work and do your best! You may be shocked to find out that you're doing about the same as others in the class.

Hang In There
Hanging in there is one of life's great lessons. There are a lot of occurrences in life and you will not want to quit early on, thinking, "I'll never get through this." I was told to learn to face the "self-doubt bogeyman" now because he will never go away without fortitude. It is not always about graduating with the class you came in with, this is not a race! Set and go at your own pace because life will get real and you want to be 100% prepared. It is not about how long it took for you to finish! To me, it’s about how strong you finished! Remember everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s just not the end!


Kira Brewington,

LEAD Mentee

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Your Speech and Hearing Family

Thursday, May 7, 2015


Dear LEAD Family and Prospective Students,

My name is Niondau Williams and as a mentee in the Lamar Cardinals Career Program (LEAD), the possibilities abound! I was given an exciting and unique privilege to participate in workshops and seminars that were offered to the graduate SLP and Audiology students. This year has been packed with informative group sessions along with an invaluable look into the field of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. I am also very grateful for the number of rewarding opportunities made available to me as a mentee which included; a resume writing class, High School Career Day, observation at Wheatley Elementary School, observation of an accent modification study, and receiving both a Vision and Hearing Screening Certification. None of this would have been possible for me without the encouragement and inviting atmosphere fostered by my mentor and other members of the program.

As a wife and mother returning to college, maintaining a well-balanced life has been critical. I found a very insightful article on regarding, “How to Juggle School and Family.” I initially was reluctant to enroll in college but I am now glad that I did! Please refer to the website below if you would like some successful pointers that have helped me! I hope that this resource can be passed on to inspire someone in a similar situation.

Niondau Williams,
LEAD Mentee

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Your Speech and Hearing Family 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Library Resources

As the semester comes to an end, you are probably wondering
how you are going to juggle everything
—research papers, finals, assignments—
and how you’re going to make time for it all!! 

One area that a lot of students tend to struggle with is how to effectively search for research articles within our library. Recently, we visited with Michael Saar, who is a reference librarian at Lamar University. He gave us some helpful tips that we would like to share with all of you!

  • Don’t be afraid to ask the librarians for help! After all, that’s why they are there!! You can always call and make an appointment with them for more personalized assistance. They are located on the first floor of the library in room 108, which is behind the student assistance desk. 
  • Did you know our library has a youtube page? Go to to view short, 5-minute videos on search techniques as well as other topics that you mind find helpful!
  • If you are having trouble searching for articles, think about the concept of what you are looking for. How is the subject described? Usually, we search with key words which are usually nouns. Taking out words such as is, the, and, and because could help improve your search dramatically! Also ask yourself, “How else could I describe this topic? What are one or two word phrases that could describe the topic I am looking for?” The more you are able to narrow down your concept or subject term, the better. 
  • Since we are Health Science majors, Mr. Saar recommended 3 databases that could be of specific assistance to us: CINAHL, Communication and Mass Media Complete, and the academic version of Health Source. All databases could provide helpful information, but these three could potentially provide good information pertinent to our particular fields of study. 
  • And finally, did you know that if our library does not currently have an article available you could request an Inter-library Loan? Our librarians are able to request articles, books, and other audio or visual materials from other libraries for a specific amount of time for our use!

We wish you a worry-free end of the semester!!

Team Work Makes the Dream Work!

Your Speech and Hearing Family

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Taking Care of Yourself

The end of our spring 2015 semester is approaching fast. 
Deadlines for assignments, research papers, 
final exams, and notebook due dates are impending. 

Feeling stressed yet?

 Kearston Burton, LEAD mentor, suggests this TED Talk video to put things into perspective.

"Just because we all struggle with this…its a bit lengthy but definitely watch it when you get about 18 free mins. It gave me chills and changed my life! I hope that we all strive to be people that encourage ourselves and one another in ways that foster an overall love for mankind." 

Good Luck in all of your end of semester projects!

Team Work Makes the Dream Work 

Your Speech and Hearing Family

Thursday, February 5, 2015

LEAD Community Outreach

The LEAD Mentoring group members, mentees and mentors, came together for our first meeting this semester to plan future community outreach endeavors. Our goal is to present the Lamar University Speech and Hearing programs, Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, to local high schools during career day activities.

April Bonton, Graduate SLP Clinician, is heading up the outreach project. April states that our goal is to inspire people to know more about Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Several outreach activities have been held at Lamar Port Arthur and Lamar Orange.

The next planned outreach activity is planned for:

February 23, 2015
Central High School
Beaumont, Texas
8am -11am

Volunteers are needed, and can be undergrad or grad students.
If you are interested please email me

Kearston Burton, Graduate SLP Clinician, led the group in a fun get-to-know-you activity, by creating a fun quiz in the web app Kahoot. Our competitive spirits went into overdrive as we split into groups to answer the quiz questions. Check out this fun website, it would be perfect for presentations, study groups, or test reviews.

The following FAQ's about Audiology and Speech-language Pathology were created by Maureen Ehrlich, Graduate SLP Clinician. Designed to be used as a handout during group outreach projects, they are also handy fact sheets that you can copy and give to anyone that may be interested in learning more about our chosen professions.
FAQ About Audiology

  • What is audiology?
Audiology is a branch of science dealing with the science of hearing.

  • What does an audiologist do?
An audiologist is a highly educated and trained professional who evaluates an individual’s hearing loss and fits him/her with hearing aids.

  • What kind of education do you need to become an audiologist?
After obtaining a bachelor's degree, a student must enter a four year program to earn a clinical doctorate in audiology.

  • What is the median salary for an audiologist?
The median salary is $71,000 a year.

  • How competitive is it to get into graduate school to become an audiologist?
Getting into graduate school is highly competitive. Students are expected to have a gpa of at least 3.5G. The RE is also required at most graduate schools.

  • How can Lamar University help me become an audiologist?
Lamar University has a comprehensive academic program that will provide a student with the education and training to enter the field of audiology.
Learn more here:

FAQ About Becoming A  Speech Language Pathologist

  • What is a speech language pathologist?
A speech language pathologist is a specialist that evaluates and treats speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages.
From stroke patients to a child with a stutter, an SLP sees a wide range of clients.

  • What kind of education does a speech language pathologist need?
First, a student needs a bachelor's degree or post baccalaureate work in speech pathology.  Speech pathologists also have a master's degree as well as a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) earned by working under supervision. Texas also requires a state license.

  • What is the median salary for an SLP?
The median salary for an SLP is about $70,000.

  • How competitive is it to go to graduate school in speech pathology?
Getting into graduate school is very competitive. Most students have a gpa of at least 3.5. The GRE is also required for most graduate programs.

  • I have a bachelor's degree in speech pathology but I did not wish to go to graduate school. Are there other opportunities ?
Yes! With a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology, you can become a speech pathologist assistant. Learn more here:

  • How can Lamar University help me become a speech language pathologist?
With small classes, student organization and opportunities to learn outside the classroom, Lamar University faculty and staff are dedicated to education the next generation of speech language pathologists. Learn more here:

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Your Speech and Hearing Family

Friday, January 23, 2015

LEAD Members Important Dates

Hello and Welcome Back to Campus!

There are two important mandatory dates for all 
mentees and mentors participating in the LEAD group.

When: Friday, January 30 from 10am to noon and Febuary 23, 2015 

What: Career planning with mentees

Goal: To co-present a career workshop with mentees to high school students

 Please contact Justin, Maureen, or Kearston to help with one of the three areas we hope to address: transitioning from HS to college; career components in Audiology and SLP fields; planning get to know you activities.

Justin is helping to coordinate transition and planning from HS to college. Please email Justin here:

Maureen is focusing on career components in the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology fields. You can email Maureen here: 

Kearston is leading up our efforts to engage, have fun, and get to know each other better. Kearstons email is

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Your Speech and Hearing Family

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Beginnings

Classes begin at Lamar University Tuesday, January 20th, 2015.

A new semester with fresh chances, new experiences, 
and opportunities is about to begin.

Preparing for a new semester can be costly,
with the cost of books and supplies. 
Here are several links to find bargains on your textbooks.

Did you know that usually you can find out what books you need before classes start by going to your self-serve banner, choose the "student" tab, then "registration" tab, scroll down to the Barnes and Noble link, which will take you to their page and a list of required textbooks.

See you at school!

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Your Speech and Hearing Family