Kaytlin Tippin completed a six-month “school-to-work” internship at Kuder from November 2011 to May 2012. During that time, she researched company history, helped prepare for conferences, tested new software, and recorded audio for Kuder system tutorials. She's now a junior at Truman State University. I recently caught up with Kaytlin as part of our “Kuder Interns: Where are they now?” series.
Wow, time has flown by – you’re in your third year of college! Are you still happy with your decision to attend Truman State University?
Yes! I'm so thankful for all of my experiences at Truman. Academically, it’s a great fit. Even more than that, though, I’ve such great opportunities to get involved with multiple service organizations on campus that have challenged me and allowed me to grow in ways that could never happen inside a classroom.
What’s the most surprising thing about college?
How crazy expensive textbooks are!
Have your career plans and choice of major changed at all?
I'm currently majoring in communication disorders and minoring in psychology in hopes of attending graduate school for speech-language pathology. I'd love to work as a speech-language pathologist for individuals with disabilities. These plans are fairly similar to when I began school.
My Kuder assessment scores always pointed me to occupations related to teaching and working with and helping people, which is really what speech-language pathology is all about!
What are the most useful skills you've gained from the classes you're taking in your major?
I've learned a lot about how people communicate and more importantly how people can communicate more effectively.
Do you have a campus job?
Yes! This will be my third semester working at Truman's Speech and Hearing Clinic, on-campus facility where graduate students at Truman provide free speech therapy to members of the local community. I work in both the library and the assistive technology lab within the clinic, organizing and checking out materials, taking inventory, researching materials, and assisting student clinicians. This has been such a great experience because it's given me the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how clinic works and become more familiar with different kinds of materials used in speech therapy.
Tell us about your most memorable college experiences so far.
I would say my most memorable college experiences would be joining two service organizations, Alpha Sigma Gamma Service Sorority and Cardinal Key National Honor Society.
Alpha Sigma Gamma is an all-girls service organization. Each member completes a minimum of 25 services hours a semester at a minimum of four locations. I joined because it gives me the chance to connect to different service opportunities while also making great new friends.
As a member of Cardinal Key, I’ve been able to volunteer at so many different organizations and events I couldn’t possibly list them all. Two significant events we have each semester are the American Red Cross Blood Drive on campus and raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We also have ongoing service events such as tutoring at local schools and playing board games with residents at the local nursing home once a week.
Have you learned any “life lessons” as a college student?
As cliché as it sounds, college has taught me to be myself and rejoice in who I was created to be. I love that a lot of the college experience is what you make it – you get to choose the classes you take and the organizations you join and whether you spend your free time volunteering or playing intramural sports or watching TV. Whatever you want to do, you can do it. It's a lot of responsibility, but when you make positive, healthy choices, you can really thrive. Also, check your email J.
What did you do this summer?
I worked at a camp for children and adults with special needs. It was the most incredible summer of my life! I gained a completely new perspective on what it truly means to serve and love others.
Any advice for students heading off to their first year of college?
My college advice comes from one of my favorite philosophers, Dr. Seuss, who said: “Be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act.”
College is such an exciting time because you have so much more freedom in choosing where you want to dedicate your time and energy. That being said, it's important that you find balance in where you invest your time. You should study. You really should. But it's also part of the college experience to join clubs and organizations, make new, lasting friendships, and take on new responsibilities.
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