Alexis A. Martinez - Newbern
Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Class of 2020
**Alexis graduated with a bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). In 2020, the name of this degree was changed to Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.**
How are you using the skills that you learned at Moody in your current position/grad school?
Moody was a stepping-stone in teaching me how to thrive in my higher education journey. Through my FIG, I learned how to navigate the campus and my identity as a college student. Through my courses, I learned how to provide the best therapy possible to my students. Now being a graduate student, I can say I use all the experiences and knowledge I have gained with Moody almost every day.
What advice do you have for #TEXASMoody students?
Plan for the best, but don’t get discouraged when things take a detour. I thought I had my whole college career planned out to a tee. I feel like most of us as CSD students tend to be very goal-oriented and set this straight path for ourselves. Give yourself grace when things don’t go as planned. Regroup, replan, and keep going. You will get there.
What do you miss most about Moody College?
I miss being on campus! With the pandemic going on, I know a lot of us have gotten used to online classes, but we can all agree it’s a different experience getting to be in class in person. I am also doing a distance graduate program so I don’t get to go on campus for class. I miss going to class in person and feeling inspired and motivated by my classmates.
Can you talk about your career path? What was your first job out of college?
After graduation, I applied for my SLPA license. Once I finally received it, the pandemic hit and I could not find a job. I was feeling very discouraged, and then in Mid-July I received a call back from a pediatric home health agency. They gave me my first opportunity to work out in the field, and I was loving it! However, in December I found out I was accepted into TWU’s distance graduate program. This meant that I would be working in a school-setting and going to school full time. In January, I started working for the Jackson County Special Services Cooperative as an SLPA at Edna Elementary and I am loving it! My career goal was to become a school-based speech language pathologist, and now my graduate program and job are setting me on that path.
What classes/professors helped the most?
Dr. Czimskey has been a vital person in my college career. She is the most humble, knowledgeable, and personable professor. She is known to make students switch over to CSD/SLHS after taking her class, and that is because she is so passionate about the field. When I thought I wouldn’t be able to go to grad school, she helped me navigate my options. She made me feel like I could, helped me get through the application process, and now I am a graduate student! She is the best!!
Give yourself grace when things don’t go as planned. Regroup, replan, and keep going. You will get there.