Aspiring speech-language pathologist on the right track to dream career
Although he has just completed his undergraduate degree and has yet to cross the convocation stage, Kevin Kong is already starting the next stage of his academic journey. Kong was accepted into the University of British Columbia Speech-Language Pathology Master's Program in September, and was awarded an entrance scholarship in recognition of his academic excellence.
During his undergraduate degree, Kong initially toyed with the idea of becoming an audiologist but soon discovered that speech-language pathology was a better fit. As he started interacting and volunteering with speech-language pathologists, he became certain that this was the right career path for him. With a clear goal in mind, the drive to achieve it pushed Kong to excel in his studies.
This fall, he is graduating from Simon Fraser University (SFU) with a BA majoring in Linguistics with a minor in Psychology and a Certificate in the Linguistics of Speech Science.
"I think being passionate about what I studied was my key to success," says Kong. "As a result, I sought to learn more, and I was willing to make more effort. But as hard as I worked, I also enjoyed my education and experiences."
Kong also looked to outside of the classroom to gain more hands-on learning and experience. He volunteered with rehabilitation and community centres, and research labs including the Phonological Processing Lab where he worked on a diversity of projects with assistant professor Ashley Farris-Trimble.
"I feel fortunate to have been involved with all of them, and I gained invaluable experiences and knowledge," says Kong. "By volunteering with the community centres and the rehabilitation centre, I learned a lot of things that I wouldn’t have been able to through textbooks and lectures."
Although Kong already has his heart set on becoming a speech-language pathologist, he is open to embracing any exciting opportunities that come his way.
"At the beginning of my undergraduate degree, I had not expected to gain the experiences I have now," says Kong "I want to keep myself open to any new goals or possibilities that may arise throughout my education and see where they take me."
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