CSD Student Testimonials
LaChana Flanders, Class of 2020
My experience as a Pace University student has been incredible. I began my Pace career as a graduate student in the MS Communication Sciences & Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology program in Fall 2018. Working alongside faculty has been a pleasure, and they have been very helpful in assisting the graduate students in and out of the classroom, as well as addressing each individual’s concerns regarding the program. Pace University has an on-site clinic where both graduate and undergraduate students can receive hands-on experience with clients beginning within the first weeks of the semester. With hard-work and advice from my mentor, Dr. Carozza, I have experienced the most challenging and rewarding semester of my educational career. Pace University’s CSD program has already opened doors for me, and I am excited for what’s to come in the future in my career as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist.
Lara Sugatan (2017)
As an alumna from Pace University, I was eager to return once I heard about the new Master's Program for Communication Sciences Disorders. The faculty and staff were both welcoming and supportive to help us as the inaugural cohort. I am thankful for all the clinical opportunities and experiences that Pace's student speech clinic has provided me with thus far. I believe this program shows excellent potential to help us become the competent Speech-Language Pathologists we strive to be.
Melani Velasquez, Class of 2014
My journey within the field of speech pathology first began at Pace University as an undergraduate student. I was enrolled in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) classes that not only were thought provoking but also constantly inspired and solidified my decision in becoming a speech language pathologist. The professors at Pace are incredibly passionate about their work and it emanates through their lectures. Within my final year as an undergrad student, I was also able to hold my own speech therapy sessions with the guidance and supervision of licensed SLPs. Additionally, I was able to obtain my Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate. My experiences in the CSD program here at Pace are will forever be cherished.
Lisamarie Serrone, Class of 2017
My experience as a student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program has been eye-opening in the best possible way. The program has given me the opportunity to be passionate about my future career, while also allowing me to see the wonderful potential I have as a future professional--with an ability to truly change the life of another individual. I have also built wonderful relationships within this field--it really is a tight-knit community! I am privileged with the various opportunities that are provided for me by the faculty to further my experience and knowledge within the field. One experience in particular is the school’s speech and hearing clinic, which is a vital asset to truly being able to function in this field. I realized, through the support and advisement of the faculty, that I am more than capable of success.
From the required observation hours, to the volunteer opportunities, I have realized that none of it feels like”work” anymore because I truly enjoy every aspect of what this field entails. I have recently embarked on conducting research under the mentorship of a faculty member. Research was something I had always feared, but with encouraging words from the faculty, I cautiously entered into a project involving individuals with dementia and music therapy as a treatment to make these individuals more semantically fluent. My research has been accepted for presentation at the CUNY Graduate Center, and will additionally be presented at Pace’s Research Day. My goal is to expand my project enough that it can be accepted to ASHA.
Pace University, and the CSD program have given me the chance to grow not only as a student, but as a professional entering the world, doing what I enjoy. I am truly grateful for all that I have learned and will continue to learn through the program.
Stefanie Kraker, Class of 2015
I am very thankful for my undergraduate career at Pace University in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. It not only prepared me well for my graduate level study, but also gave me the skills to be a professional in the field of Speech Language Pathology. The education provided in the CSD program at Pace University does more than just teach you what is in the books. The invested professors, as well as your fellow peers, provide a community where you gain a strong foundation in professional knowledge and clinical skills.
Pace provided me with numerous opportunities to be successful in my studies and prepared me to be a strong candidate for graduate study. Specifically, I participated in undergraduate research and am a co-author of two journal articles, and received a Scholastic Achievement award upon graduation. I also worked as a student aide in the on-site Speech and Hearing Center, gaining valuable knowledge in the functioning of a professional clinic as well as interpersonal skills with clients.
The Speech and Hearing Center at Pace University is also one of the most significant features of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. In addition to exposure to professional writing, students are given the opportunity to participate in hands-on clinical experiences. This opportunity is a rarity as an undergraduate, and is hands-down the most rewarding experience I had in my time at Pace. I did not fully appreciate this until I entered graduate level study at one of the most competitive programs in New York, and was one of the few students to have previously delivered supervised therapy. I continue to be grateful for the wonderful mentors and supporters I found in the CSD faculty, as well as the confidence they instilled in me regarding my strengths as a budding clinician.
Catherine Mastricovo, class of 2015
The communication sciences and disorders program at Pace University has given me incredible opportunities to grow as a student and professional. The faculty here truly wants to see each student succeed and they work closely with us providing small class sizes and opportunities for research. The program’s clinic offers experiences that you cannot find in any other undergraduate program. After graduating I know I will feel confident in my abilities, supported by caring faculty, and will have an increased desire to challenge myself in the graduate and professional speech-language pathology world.
Valeria Ituralde, Class of 2015
As a communication sciences and disorders student, I am extremely grateful for the opportunities and experiences that this program has given me. Not only have I gained knowledge that will help me throughout my career path, but I have also had the support of an amazing group of professors that know me at times more than I know myself. Though difficult, this program gives you an experience like no other, where students get to learn and grow beyond the classroom setting. Looking back at my years here at Pace, I can truly say that I am ready for graduate school and all that goes along with it. I am a stronger writer, and my knowledge of the field is incredible.
Hilary McManus, Class of 2015
My experience in the CSD department at Pace has been nothing short of extraordinary. The things that I've learned through various classes as well as individual research opportunities would have been unavailable to me elsewhere. Beyond that I've made amazing connections with my professors as well as my peers. I also have had the pleasure of securing a job at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian conducting newborn hearing screenings through my participation in the department.
Danielle Browne, Class of 2015
I chose the CSD program at Pace University for its reputability and experienced faculty. I am challenged to reach my full potential by professors who want to see their students become leaders in the field. In the close knit CSD community, I have met diverse individuals that offer great support and are just as passionate about learning as I am. What I love the most about this program is its emphasis on the application of theory, by providing us with clinical experience our senior year. The combination of knowledge and clinic based teaching has really enriched my learning, an advantage I may not have had at many other schools. Thanks to this program, I feel fully prepared and confident to enter graduate school, and eventually the field of speech pathology.
Darya Turbina, Class of 2014
During the past four years I was a part of the communication sciences and disorders program at Pace University. For this incredible journey and my continued success in the field of speech language pathology, I will forever be grateful to this program. It’s composed of dedicated professionals who are determined to teach you through their own experiences and ensure you get the most opportunities to succeed. Whenever I needed support or guidance, I knew that they would go above and beyond to help me. My professors, my advisers, my mentors, and my classmates with whom I’ve grown were my cheerleaders, and have become my family. Aside from the rigorous curriculum provided, the most valuable experience this program grants is clinical practicum. The opportunity to apply the academic knowledge you obtained and provide supervised therapy to real clients ensured me that I chose the right path. I am proud to say I was accepted to Adelphi University for the graduate master’s program. My success is a direct reflection of this program. It is only because of Pace I feel prepared to continue on in my graduate career. To all the future students who aspire to become speech language pathologists/ audiologists, I highly encourage this program. I was blessed with an incredible experience I will forever cherish, and I hope that you will be too.
Simone Gendler, Class of 2014
It has been an absolute pleasure and honor of mine to be a part of the communication sciences and disorders program at Pace University. This program has opened many doors to diverse opportunities; ones that I never even dreamed were possible. With a vast array of interesting and unique courses, I developed knowledge in the field of speech-language pathology and eclecticism through clinical practicum. Administering supervised therapy as an undergraduate has been invaluable to my career aspirations. I was able to apply my coursework knowledge in the clinical setting. It was especially rewarding to learn that my client, seen for accent modification services, was selected for a prominent internship position as a result of our services. There is no greater feeling than to know I have changed someone’s life in a positive way. I truly could not have done that without the preparation and guidance that I received from the program at Pace University. Each of my professors, many of whom I now regard as my mentors, have contributed to my success not only in the field of study but my life as a whole. If I ever had any trouble, doubt or challenges throughout my undergraduate career, there was always someone offering a helping hand. I highly recommend this program to any individual hoping to someday become a speech-language pathologist and/or audiologist. I am proud to announce that I have been accepted to several graduate programs to obtain a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, including Adelphi University and New York University. Conducting my undergraduate studies at Pace University granted me the ability to begin my journey in pursuing my dream career.
Aleisha Allen, class of 2013
Being a student at Pace University in the CSD program was rewarding for a number of reasons. The program was remarkable in that I was able to set foot into the professional world, while still learning- even at the undergraduate level. My experience here allowed me to build clinical judgement and gain hands-on clinical experience, which I was able to carry with me to and throughout graduate school. My professors were extremely knowledgeable in the areas taught, and they provided me with the tools I needed to further explore these areas, especially outside of the classroom. They helped me to hone in on my interests, making learning functional and fun. They provided plenty of opportunities for me to ask questions, make connections, and apply what I'd learned -- all crucial components to a student’s learning, and to molding an ethical and effective clinician. Being a Pace student made me feel at an advantage because I was part of a cohort and community that was so willing to support my learning as a student and as a budding clinician. Now as an alumna approaching my Clinical Fellowship Year, my experience at Pace is proving to be continuously rewarding, as I am able to carry my training with me, and know that I can still refer back to my CSD community for support.