One of my favourite things about the SLP program at McMaster is the way it's designed to develop thinkers. Every student is encouraged to make connections between course content, life experiences, and clinical cases, and to develop their own voice. New information is pinned onto existing knowledge, critically appraised, and filtered through the perspective of an SLP. So, on top of learning the content, we end up being uniquely prepared to go out into clinical practice because we've already integrated the knowledge into our own reasoning and had a lot of practice using it in our problem-based tutorials and placements.
Michele DeBoer, Graduate - Class of 2020
Prior to applying to the McMaster SLP program, I was a stay-home mom raising 2 children in a suburb of Toronto. The thought of applying to a graduate program at McMaster University, after being away for 25 years from academics was very daunting, to say the least. Would I remember how to study, do assignments and be a student again? Would I be able to juggle my school and non-school commitments? But, once I got here, I found the faculty to be so supportive. They valued the diversity I brought with me. My age and experience were welcomed and became that unique perspective I could offer to my classmates through the problem-based learning platform. My children and I learned to study and support each other during our different academic endeavours. Working with Indigenous peoples has always been a dream of mine. McMaster was able to make this dream come to fruition partly through their relationship with the Northern School of Medicine (NOSM) and their successful collaboration with currently practicing S-LPs in the community. Upon graduation I was able to find a job servicing the speech, language, communication, and swallowing needs of remote communities in Northwestern Ontario. The whole experience has been intellectually and personally rewarding and I am proud to be a member of the graduating class of 2020
Ismat Faruqui, Graduate - Class of 2020
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