Meet Current Student Leaders | Audiology
Our Student Ambassadors play a large role in offering current student perspectives for prospective students and applicants to our Doctor of Audiology program. As much as our faculty and staff can offer our advice and perspective, our Student Ambassadors provide as an invaluable resource to get to know our program on a deeper level.
Our Ambassadors assist with all on-campus and virtual prospective student events hosted by the School of Audiology, such as our Open Houses and Interview Days.
If you would like to speak with a current student about their experience applying to, choosing Pacific University's School of Audiology, or what it is like to be a current student, you are encouraged to email one or many of our Student Ambassadors. They will be happy to help you!
First Year | email@example.com
Hometown | Belcourt, North Dakota
Undergraduate Institution | University of North Dakota; B.A. Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S. Psychology, Minor ASL and Deaf Studies
Why did you choose Pacific | I found that having the opportunity to speak with the current students to get a different perspective helped me make the decision to choose Pacific. I loved the commandery between the perspective students and the current students during the Open Houses and Interview Days; that open yet positive communication us. The idea of the accelerated program is what instantly drew me liking Pacific University. During the Open House and Interview Days I did not feel like just another number. The students and faculty were so welcoming and able to answer all my questions and if they did not know the answer at the time, they were able to reply to me in a timely fashion.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I still love the commandry between the year 2 students and year 1 students. Everyone is willing to help each other to grasp the material or adjust to this new setting. Having the open lab times, onsite ear clinic are very helpful in learning the material. I also love having such a diverse environment to learn from. Not everyone has a CSD background which I find brings such a different perspective to the way I look at things now. I also love the accelerated blocks as I feel like I understand and retain the material more than I did when I was in undergrad. This program supports and empowers its students, whether its having questions answered by another student, facility, or the numerous resources available to us.
First Year | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown | Chowchilla, CA
Undergraduate Institution | University of Oregon Major: Communication Disorders and Sciences - Minor: Special Education
Why did you choose Pacific | After living in Oregon for the past 5 years, I knew I wanted to stay in the PNW for graduate school. Pacific’s interview process was unlike any of the other interviews I had done. I was able to talk with current students and they helped ease my mind about the transition to graduate school, as well as the transition to Pacific in general. After my interview, I knew Pacific was going to be the school for me because everyone was so kind and welcoming, and I knew that was an environment I could thrive in.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | My favorite thing about being a student at Pacific is the collaborative aspect of it. As a typically closed off person I was a bit nervous to meet new people. However, my cohort has been amazing. We all got so close in such a short amount of time, which was something I was looking for when choosing a school. We are constantly working in small groups, which has allowed us to learn so much about each other. Everyone is so supportive, and I know I can count on anybody in my cohort, they have truly made a huge impact on my time here.
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Hometown | El Paso, TX
Undergraduate Institution & Graduate Institution | Texas Tech University: B.A. Electronic Media & Communications, M.A. Communication Studies; Arizona State University: MLS Legal Studies
Why did you choose Pacific | As a non-traditional student going back to school with a small family, the 3-year accelerated pace and ability to participate in internships starting the 2nd year were huge decision-factors for me. I am eager and excited to start a new career in a field I feel passionate about and where I can help better the lives of others daily so I think it’s great that our “real-world” clinical experiences will start so soon! I also loved the idea of a larger, more diverse cohort of students and felt like I could thrive best in a fast-paced environment with more students to collaborate with and learn from.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | Everything! I am so thankful to be here and I truly feel like I’ve already made lifelong friends and mentors. Everyone from my fellow cohort colleagues, to faculty and staff really want each of us to succeed and it definitely shows. I really enjoy how the 2-week block schedule allows us to focus on one course at a time, while lab and clinical time is weekly throughout the semester so we can keep honing in on our clinical skills. Also, Oregon is so lovely! It’s absolutely beautiful and the people are so friendly!
First Year | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown | Pflugerville, Texas
Undergraduate Institution | Louisiana State University; B.A. Communication Disorders
Why did you choose Pacific | When applying to graduate programs, I was initially drawn to Pacific for a couple of reasons. Being from the south, I knew I wanted to move somewhere different and I have always loved the PNW. Additionally, the accelerated program style and two-week block schedule were very appealing because I love fast-paced learning where we only focus on one course at a time which is something I hadn’t experienced before but works well with my learning style. The application process made me feel very at ease and cared about as a student and a person. I could tell the faculty, staff and student ambassadors I encountered loved the program and cared about my success throughout the admissions process which was a good indicator for how I would be supported in the program. Coming from a large state school environment, I was definitely excited to have a smaller class size and get to know my professors and peers on a more personal basis. Everyone is extremely supportive here and makes it really easy to have fun learning!
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I love the hands-on aspect of learning at Pacific! We immediately apply what we learn in class in lab and in clinic with the wide array of resources offered 24/7. The community in the SOA is very collaborative and I truly enjoy the diversity of the program because I love to meet people who have different backgrounds and experiences. The pass/fail style of our classes also gets rid of the more competitive aspect a lot of people are used to, and encourages us to work together towards understanding our field which is very refreshing coming from a competitive undergrad environment where the focus would often fall on your GPA only. Overall, I love everyone in my cohort and I was surprised on how easy it was to meet people and make friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better environment to continue my education in.
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Hometown | Lake Oswego, OR
Undergraduate Institution | Pacific University: B.A. Public Health, Communication Sciences & Disorders (minor)
Why did you choose Pacific | Aside from being a Pacific University alumna, I knew I wanted to attend Pacific's program as soon as I stepped into the EarClinic as a little freshman undergraduate student. The faculty has always been very welcome and expressed their support for students. That supportiveness was an essential part of me choosing to pursue an accelerated program and some of the professors here that I've worked with are the ones that inspired me to become an audiologist.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | The way the program is structured is my favorite part about being a student here because of my learning preferences. The faculty, cohort, and the program's location are key aspects of encouraging good practice. I absolutely adore my cohort buddies and being with them every day helped me make good friends (one of my biggest fears!).
First Year | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown | San Bernardino, California
Undergraduate Institution | California State University, Sacramento; B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders
Why did you choose Pacific | Pacific stood out to me for multiple reasons, from the 3 year accelerated program, to the two week courses, and to the diversity of the program, it was everything I was looking for in a graduate program! After attending the open house, I was drawn by how close the community was and how much they really cared about my success. Community is very important to me and when I noticed how much resources they had available for their students regarding the audiology program and mental health, I knew that their values aligned with mine!
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I love all the resources that is given to us in order to succeed, as well as the block schedule! Focusing on one class for two weeks helps immensely rather than having multiple classes all at once! I feel like this block schedule has really made it easy for me to navigate my way through school and fully understand the material being taught. Aside from academics, I absolutely love the amount of support I get from the faculty and staff of this program. They are very aware of what is going on in our lives and do everything in their power to give us the support we need in order to succeed. It feels very much like a family here!
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Hometown | San Diego, California
Undergraduate Institution | Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders
Why did you choose Pacific | The faculty, staff, and students at Pacific University's School of Audiology facilitate an enriching and diverse learning environment. The emphasis on critical thinking, vast amounts of hands-on opportunities, and building professional skills to provide the highest quality of care to all communities aligns with my core values. I knew Pacific University's School of Audiology was the best fit for me to reach my personal and professional career goals as a future Audiologist.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | Attending Pacific University’s School of Audiology orientation, I was immediately welcomed to a strong sense of community. I consider Pacific University my home away from home. Everyone in this program wants nothing more than for you to succeed while developing a strong sense of confidence in your abilities as you embark on this life-long learning journey. As an accelerated program, I have enjoyed the pace of focusing on one course at a time for two weeks. What you learn in your didactic and clinical courses will follow you throughout your Audiology career, do not be afraid to ask questions and remain open-minded to new things. Doing so will provide you with a positive and impactful experience at Pacific University's School of Audiology.
First Year | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown | San Diego, California
Undergraduate Institution | Biola University; B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders
Why did you choose Pacific | As an undergraduate searching for Audiology programs, I was determined to find a place with professors and students who would value me as a unique and competent individual, and at Pacific, it was clear that the program did. I was grateful for the level of communication I received before, during and after my time as a prospective student. Each of the professors were genuine in their passion for the program and subject and the students were transparent with their experiences. I could see myself succeeding both educationally and socially within this program, which ultimately led to my decision to attend.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | As a student at Pacific, I constantly feel cared for and supported by the faculty and my peers. I never feel static or as if I am not learning because the fast-paced schedule/curriculum motivates me to use my time effectively and stay on top of my work. There are so many resources available to students that allow us to apply what we learn in the classroom to real world Audiology. And rather than competitiveness, I have found a community-centered atmosphere that has exceeded my already high expectations of the program.
Edith San Miguel
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Hometown | Chico, California
Undergraduate Institution | California State University, Chico; Communication Sciences and Disorders
Why did you choose Pacific | The main reason I chose to only apply to Pacific University was because of the environment and staff. From the first moment I met Carmel, I knew this was the program for me. She treated me like a person and wanted to learn more about me. Whenever I had a question, she quickly responded to my inquiries. I was impressed by how Pacific treated me, not just in the Audiology department but also in financial aid and technical services. This university proves that they want their students to succeed. I was apprehensive about applying because of the fast-paced curriculum, but let me reassure you that the professors are with you every step of the way and are always available for questions and even to have a friendly chat. Pacific has become my second home, and the faculty and staff have become my new family. I have traveled throughout all of California and have attended many colleges. Pacific is by far the best university I have ever attended, and I am proud to be part of the Boxer family. The main reason I chose to only apply to Pacific University was because of the environment and staff. From the first moment I met Carmel, I knew this was the program for me. She treated me like a person and wanted to learn more about me. Whenever I had a question, she quickly responded to my inquiries. I was impressed by how Pacific treated me, not just in the Audiology department but also in financial aid and technical services. This university proves that they want their students to succeed. I was apprehensive about applying because of the fast-paced curriculum, but let me reassure you that the professors are with you every step of the way and are always available for questions and even to have a friendly chat. Pacific has become my second home, and the faculty and staff have become my new family. I have traveled throughout all of California and have attended many colleges. Pacific is by far the best university I have ever attended, and I am proud to be part of the Boxer family.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I love being a student at Pacific. Our audiology program is so much fun and educational. I usually arrive at seven in the morning to make myself a coffee and eat in our kitchen area called the "bar noir." Everyone always says hi to you, even if it's the first time they are meeting you. Beth is always having us do fun activities for the week, and the preceptors always have a smile on their faces. I talk to the year two students like they are my older siblings. Our kitchen area is always decorated for the holidays and significant events, and we always have fun activities to participate in and get to know each other. Around 8 a.m., I usually start clinic or lab, depending on the day. We have class in the afternoon with our preceptor; they always make the lecture fun and engaging. You can tell the whole faculty and the staff wants you to succeed. There is so much hands-on learning, which I desperately wanted from my undergrad. There is also a lot of visual learning, which helps me a ton when studying. Class usually ends around 4–5 p.m., depending on the subject. I know it sounds like many hours, but there is never a dull day. This program is a different learning environment where I grasp the concepts faster than just reading about them and trying to figure out what the authors means. Whenever I have a question, the preceptors stay after class to explain the concepts differently if I am confused. They also have office hours where I can walk in to ask a quick question or chat with them. If you like learning hands-on and feeling part of a family, this program is for you.
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Hometown | Oregon City, Oregon
Undergraduate Institution | University of Oregon; B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose to attend Pacific for many reasons. One was my love for Oregon, but the most important reason was the sense of community. The staff at Pacific made the application process enjoyable and have been nothing but positive and supportive since. They really are here for our success and that shows. I enjoy the amount of people in the cohort and it is great having such a diverse group of people to navigate the ride of graduate school with.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I enjoy the hands-on experience you receive right away in the program at Pacific. With the labs and the Clinic right within our building we get constant experience every week. We are able to access the labs at any time and to practice anything we might need more time with. I appreciate being able to actually practice and apply what we learn in class to direct demonstration.
Ao xue Wang
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Hometown | Upland, California
Undergraduate Institution | University of California San Diego, B.S. Psychology
Why did you choose Pacific | While viewing my options for graduate programs, Pacific already stood out to me as being one of the few 3 year programs available, and the only 1 of 2 in the West coast where I wanted to stay close to home. I have found Oregon to be a beautiful place with plenty of places to be outdoors in nature. In addition to the location, and is already well-known, is the accelerated curriculum. It is the best style of learning for me, as I don’t mind a fast-paced environment. The free weekends after exams allow me to explore Oregon more!
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I chose a program with a larger cohort because I missed the dynamic I had in high school, with a group of people I felt comfortable with instead of just 5 or 10. There is more opportunity to find people you click with.
Second Year | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown | Rochester, MN
Undergraduate Institution | University of Wisconsin River Falls; BA in Communication Science Disorders
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific because of its location in the beautiful PNW, accelerated program style, and block course schedule. Being from the Midwest, I wanted to see as much of the area as possible. Hillsboro is an hour away from Portland, and in the opposite direction an hour from the coast. There’s no shortage of places to explore. The program is designed to give students hands-on experience within the first week. Pacific also has a block schedule, where we spend two weeks in a class, take an exam, and move on. It’s rigorous but so rewarding. I feel challenged to do the best I can at Pacific and it’s a gratifying experience.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I felt like I was considered a student when I accepted my admission offer- long before I was on campus. That’s where the support and community started. Throughout the admissions process, I was never ‘just a number'. Faculty and current students made genuine efforts to get to know me and welcomed me warmly to Pacific. One thing that sticks out to me is several faculty members routinely ask “what can I be doing to better support you?” The faculty want to see you succeed and are willing to help as they can. There are so many resources in addition to faculty that are always available to students like counseling services, and support groups. But what I like the most at Pacific is the supportive community.
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Hometown | Tacoma, Washington
Undergraduate Institution | Portland State University; B.S. Speech and Hearing Sciences
Why did you choose Pacific | Upon attending open houses and going through the interview process, Pacific struck me as an exciting prospect for an engaging academic experience. I was ecstatic to find a rigid and fast paced audiology program that coincided with my affinity for the science of sound. Witnessing the enthusiastic nature of the faculty and students further fueled my decision to choose Pacific as an optimal program to pursue this field of study.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | Being a student at Pacific has been unlike any experience I would have thought to have in life. I've already learned a lot about my motivation and work ethic and am looking forward to exploring the many facets of audiology. The dynamic of my cohort has been lovely. Working and collaborating with a diverse group of determined individuals has been one of my favorite aspects of the program.
Second Year | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown | San Diego, California
Undergraduate Institution | University of California, San Diego; Bachelor's of Science in Public Health
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific University because they were very helpful and understanding about me using my GI Bill benefit from the get-go which gave me a huge sense of relief. All of the faculty and staff, especially Carmel Nicol, were so friendly I simply wanted to be around them during graduate school because I knew I would be cared for. I was tired of having multiple courses at a time in undergrad so the two-week block curriculum that has one class at a time was very tempting to me. As it turns out, I absolutely love it! Lastly, it was an accelerated three-year program and I really liked the idea of being done a year early.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | It’s really nice being an audiology student at Pacific University because the Pacific Ear Clinic is in the same building (on the same floor, actually!) as the classrooms that we take our classes in. I like being able to get hands-on experience right away: we got to go to the clinic the second week of class and now shadow our instructor audiologists every other week. At the same time, the knowledge we get from our courses are applied right away in the lab and this helps cement what we learn in class. There is a nice balance between academic work, lab, and clinic that I truly enjoy. Most importantly, everyone (faculty and students included) have been so friendly I felt right at home from day one!
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Hometown | Boise, Idaho
Undergraduate Institution | Idaho State University; B.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders; College of Western Idaho A.A. Sign Language Studies
Why did you choose Pacific | One of the things that stood out to me about Pacific right off the bat was the 2 week block program. The idea of focusing on one specific area at a time was very appealing to me, especially being through programs in undergrad that consisted of multiple classes daily and jumping around all over campus. I also liked the idea of digging deep into a topic and then being able to apply skills gained from the course to our labs and the courses to follow. I excelled with the common-core style of teaching when I was younger because it implemented a similar approach to learning and I was thrilled to find a professional program that accomplished this element in its very own style. Watching all the videos and studying-up on the University really solidified my interest. I was intrigued by the SimLab and all the equipment we have available to us as students to hone our skills. (And, yes! We really do have access to our own little pods to practice!) Finally, I attended Pacific's open houses and was able to talk to current students in the program. They were honest and helpful, answering all sorts of questions. I really enjoyed the open house experience and how it was structured; it spoke loudly about how the university cares for its students.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | Like I mentioned before, all the resources we have to practice our skills are quite impressive. The university makes sure we have the best of the best and they stay up to date with the ever-changing world of audiology. The amount of support we receive from the faculty/staff here is like nothing I've experienced anywhere else. We have faculty/staff that will send us "Happy Friday" emails, ask us how they can support us this week, and bring us doughnuts because "why not, it's Friday after an exam". That's just the kind of people they are and they really shape this program into a place we can feel we belong. Also, you are with the same cohort for all your courses. Friends are made so quickly and you really begin to care and support each other. This is not a competitive cohort scenario, we really do lean on each other and support one another!
Second Year | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown | Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
Undergraduate Institution | MacEwan University; Bachelor of Science in Molecular/ Cellular Biology
Why did you choose Pacific | I initially was drawn to Pacific by the accelerated, 3-year program timeline. I was also very excited to learn that audiology students at Pacific begin clinical observation in the first week of class. It definitely made the program at Pacific stand out! The thing that most impressed me, though, was the two-week courses. Focusing on one course at a time really suits my learning style, and I knew I would excel in this type of environment. When I began contacting the student ambassadors and staff at Pacific, everyone was so friendly and helpful and made me feel valued. I immediately could see myself as a student, and Pacific became my top choice!
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I have really enjoyed being a part of the ‘25 cohort. There is a good sense of community among
us, and it makes school enjoyable. The pass/fail grading scheme really fosters teamwork and collaboration amongst the entire class.The location near the coast in the beautiful Pacific Northwest is an added bonus, and there is lots to explore on the weekend break between courses. As an international student, I also really appreciate that internships and externships can be completed anywhere. It gives me the opportunity to explore both the American and Canadian realms of Audiology before I even begin my career. However, I would say my favourite part of the program is definitely the two-week courses. They do move very fast, but I have retained more information than I ever did in my undergraduate courses. I think the audiology program at Pacific ended up being the perfect fit for me.
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Hometown | Jezzine, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution | American University of Beirut; B.S. Medical Audiology Services
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific becasue it's an institution that values diversity and leadership; the two values that I always looked for. Being raised in a multi-cultural environment, I felt safe coming into this program that accepted students from different backgrounds, but similar goals. Additionally, the accelerated program stood out as it played a major role in my decision-making process. Talking to the faculty, I realized that they shared the same vision for the world of audiology which helped me realize how we can be a big part of it through this well-structured program at Pacific.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I love the fact that I can practice my clinic and diagnostic skills anytime I want. Having the labs, equipment, and a lot of resources available for me at all times made me feel more motivated to succeed and master my skills. Moreover, the faculty and students were very friendly and welcoming as everyone is willing to offer help and share their experiences to guide us through. As a Middle Eastern doctoral student, I am honored to be a part of such a diverse and supportive program.
Second Year | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown | Castro Valley, California
Undergraduate Institution | Grand Canyon University; B.S. Elementary Education with an emphasis in ESL
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific because of all the great things I’ve heard about it from friends and family! It’s very organized and the staff and students made me feel so welcomed during the whole interview process. The 3-year program, the Pacific Northwest, and internship opportunities also caught my attention.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I love everything about it! From the professors, to the students, to the organization of the schedule, to the incredible staff, and the student engagement opportunities that it has to offer; all make the program very unique. I feel supported and have learned so much already!
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Hometown | Avondale, Arizona
Undergraduate Institution | Arizona State University; B.S. Speech and Hearing Sciences
Why did you choose Pacific | When I first applied to the AuD program at Pacific University, I thought the application process was going to be the same as any other graduate program, but I quickly learned that not all schools have the same approach in selecting their students. So, when I went through the interview process, I immediately felt at ease. The interviewer I was assigned to was incredibly sweet. I truly felt heard and accepted, especially as a hard of hearing individual, they saw me for me. I knew right then and there that PU was the one, which gave me the confidence to choose this program. I'm grateful to be where I am today and I only hope to pay forward that kindness in some beautiful way.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | What gravitated me towards the program was Pacific's block schedule. Rather than taking multiple courses at once throughout the semester, we take one class every two weeks. This allows us to focus on the concepts at hand and really retrain the information we learn. It creates this expectation from the program and prepares us mentally for what's ahead. One other factor I like about being a student here are the staff members and the Year 2's at Pacific. They are all genuinely king, compassionate, inclusive, and altogether, incredible. I feel like I'm surrounded by peers and staff members who I can call family. They all truly make the experience worthwhile and rewarding.
Second Year | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown | Salt Lake City, UT
Undergraduate Institution | University of Utah; BS in Communication Science Disorders; Minor in Strategic Communications
Why did you choose Pacific | After interviewing with several other institutions, Pacific made me feel that they genuinely want their students to succeed and are there to support me throughout my Audiology journey. Pacific provides a challenging and engaging learning experience. This is important for me to grow and become the best Audiologist for my patients. Beyond the school, Oregon is a beautiful place to live and provides many opportunities.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | The biggest thing about being a student at Pacific is the support our cohort has for one other. We each offer something unique. This provides diversity in our learning. Additionally, the faculty is very passionate about what they teach and creates an environment I am comfortable asking questions.
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Hometown | Dedham, MA
Graduate Institution | Southern New Hampshire University; MBA Healthcare Management
Undergraduate Institution | University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth; B.S. Management Information Systems
Why did you choose Pacific | After deciding on a career change and finally making the decision to pursue my dream of being an Audiologist, I explored programs across the country. As a non-traditional student, I looked into programs that would suit my learning style. The 3-year accelerated pace was a major draw for me. Pacific promotes large cohorts and I felt I would thrive in a large cohort as it would allow me to not only share my experiences, but others in my cohort would be a valuable resource to me. When I attended open houses and ultimately my interview day, I met and saw others who were similar to me. In short, I could see myself attending this program. The Student Ambassadors and staff were very supportive in my journey of finding the right program. I knew very quickly that Pacific would be the right fit for me.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I really enjoy the support from not only my cohort but the professors and staff alike. Everyone is in the program for the same reason and the structure makes it more collaborative versus competitive. The facilities are outstanding and world-class from the Pacific EarClinic to the lab spaces and classrooms.
Second Year | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown | Diamond Bar, California
Undergraduate Institution | California State University, Fullerton; B.A. Communication Sciences & Disorders
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific because of the unique learning experience it provides. Because of the block schedule I am able to focus on one class at a time which is perfect for my learning style. The amount of hands-on experience this program offers is another reason why I chose Pacific. With yearlong labs and an on-campus clinic, being able to practice and develop clinical skills is made convenient. Another reason for choosing Pacific was because of how welcoming everyone was. The faculty/staff didn’t treat me like another test score and made an effort to get to know me beyond just school.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I love how everyone at Pacific wants you to succeed. From the faculty/staff to the students in your cohort, everyone is in this together. Because of the class structure it is easy to become close to your cohort and work together to succeed. The faculty/staff are always available as amazing resources and help you through every step of the way. Because Pacific is an accelerated program it is easy to fall behind, just know there is always someone in your corner to help you get back on track!
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Hometown | Reno, Nevada
Undergraduate Institution | University of Nevada, Reno; B.S. Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology; Double minor in Indigenous Studies and Community Health Science
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose to come to Pacific because it was the only program that went out of their way to really make me feel like they cared about me and my success, and about every student that was even just thinking about applying in general! This was a huge deciding factor for me because if they cared enough about me through the application process then I knew that they’d extend that same amount of care while I was actually in the program. I also chose Pacific because of the accelerated aspect of the program and the block-style curriculum. I liked the idea of being able to attain all my education/ skills within three years instead of four, and that the block style curriculum suited my learning style better than the other programs' method of teaching.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I honestly really love the overall atmosphere and level of support here at Pacific University. All of the Professors are kind and take the time to make sure you are understanding the material being taught before moving onto the next subjects. I also appreciate how those in our cohort aren't competitive with each other! Everyone is on the same level of playing field and we all want each other to succeed! I also wasn't expecting to meet friends so quickly here, but that is exactly what happened! So If you are thinking about applying to Pacific just know that you'll have the best support system!
Second Year | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown | Roseville, California
Undergraduate Institution | California State University Fullerton; B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Why did you choose Pacific | I toured Pacific University the year I applied to graduate school and was instantly drawn to this program for a few reasons. Everyone I met was so welcoming, kind, and encouraging. It was evident that all the faculty/staff here truly care about their students and want them to succeed. I loved how organized and well-ran the program was when attending the open house and interview day. I also really liked and still do like the block schedule we have here. I love being able to fully dive into one course topic at a time. Beyond academically, I have always wanted to live in Oregon because it is so beautiful around here. There are so many pretty sights to see and visit. One of my favorite places to be is the Oregon coast.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I really enjoy the fast-paced environment we have here at Pacific. While quick change can be overwhelming, it keeps me from getting burnt out. Each class is different, new, and exciting. I really love having 1 course at a time because instead of stressing about 4-5 classes, you only have to focus on 1. I love the connections and friendships I have made here as well with people in the cohort. There is no competitive feeling, everyone just wants to help each other succeed.
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Hometown | Middletown, New York
Undergraduate Institution | Syracuse University; B.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific because I knew that I was being valued for who I was. I did not feel like a standardized test score was creating a label for me. Throughout the whole application process, it already felt like the school was doing the most for me. My favorite moment that I was looking forward to was to receive a phone call from Carmel telling me that I was accepted. Lastly, I loved the two-week module schedule, and still do.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I love that I get to work with so many students. We all offer something unique and I am able to learn so many things in what feels like a million fields. The environment within the program does not have one ounce of competition. We all lean on each other, and within the first month, I have been able to make so many great friends. They make me feel like New York is not so far away.
Third Year | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown | Fresno, California
Undergraduate Institution | University of Nevada, Reno; B.S. Speech Pathology and Audiology
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific because I believe the University stands apart from other programs. I enjoyed the block schedule; it fits my learning style. I can focus on one class at a time and spend all my time on learning about that topic. I believe the block schedule has made me successful in the program. One other reason is the hands-on experience the program offers. This valuable experience is gained through labs and clinics. The hands-on experience is most effective due to the support of the professors and my cohort.
What do you like about being a student at Pacific | The support system at Pacific is my favorite aspect about the University. The block schedule emphasizes collaboration with your cohort. Our cohort has become really close with each other and I was not expecting to make friends so quickly. This program has made us lifelong friends. Everyone wants you to succeed and do well which is evident from the professors and your cohort.
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Hometown | Oakley, California
Undergraduate Institution | California Baptist University; B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose to come to Pacific because it has everything that I was looking for. This program really aims to have diversity within the program and it made me feel very welcome knowing that I was able to represent my Hispanic community. Everyone here truly wants you to succeed and it made me feel like this would be my safe space, whereas other programs I did not feel this connection. Regardless if you have a CSD background or not, we are all on the same playing field and we rely on each other. You are not alone and I knew coming to Pacific I would have a strong support system to guide me through the vigourous curriculum.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I love the fact that we have many resources here. If you need any help with specific questions, there are plenty of resources for you to get your questions answered. I love that this program has such a positive environment. I am someone who enjoys challenges and this program keeps me up to the challenge. Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better cohort and place to continue in my education.
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Hometown | El Paso, Texas
Undergraduate Institution | Texas Woman's University; Denton TX, Bachelor's of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose to attend Pacific University because of the supportive and positive culture and the accelerated two-week block program. Carmel Nicol has been an invaluable resource since the first time I contacted her. She was always ready to answer any of my questions. The student ambassadors helped me immensely during my application process, too, as they shared their experience and advice during the application process. I was also looking forward to living in a new state, and the Pacific Northwest is a breathtaking area to live in. As a first-generation Hispanic doctoral student, I am amazed at the support and diversity of the cohort.
What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I love how the faculty and staff have created a culture of student-centered learning and collaboration. The professors are always available and ready to answer any questions we may have. I love that our cohort is very supportive, and we all want to help each other succeed. I am glad to be surrounded by peers with similar goals and aspirations. Pacific University has felt like home since I arrived.
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Hometown | Corvallis, OR
Undergraduate Institution | Chaminade University of Honolulu; B.S. Integrative and Organismal Biology
Why did you choose Pacific | When considering what undergraduate university I wanted to attend, Pacific was one of my top choices. Ultimately my path took me to Chaminade University where I had an amazing undergraduate experience but when the opportunity came up to do my AuD at Pacific, I knew this was where I wanted to be. I knew that the accelerated program and 2-week module system were conducive to my learning style. Along with this, the cooperative learning environment and being so close to home and to my family were strong factors in my decision to attend this program.
What do you like about being a student at Pacific | Pacific has made me feel at home and able to be myself. This stems from the support of the professors, faculty, and staff especially in the School of Audiology. Along with this, the support of my peers has helped me succeed. Everyone has a different story and background and I am so happy to have gotten the opportunity to know each of my cohort members.
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Hometown | Honolulu, Hawaii
Undergraduate Institution | University of Hawaii; B.S. Family Resources with a focus in Gerontology
Why did you choose Pacific | Pacific’s accelerated 2-week block schedule is what initially drew me to the program. I was also looking for a program that provided ample hands-on learning opportunities, such as lab and clinic. Beyond what the program is on paper, they provide a supportive, non-competitive learning environment and truly want what is best for you. I felt valued as an individual and supported throughout the application process and knew that Pacific was the best fit for me.
What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I feel like I am part of a big family. Everyone has been so helpful and supportive, and they truly want us all to succeed. Having only one class at a time really allows me to focus on what we are learning, rather than having to juggle multiple courses at once. I love that we have a weekly hands-on lab that helps to solidify the topics we are learning in class. The structure of the programs allows for a good school-life balance as we get to fully enjoy the weekend between each course. The Pacific Northwest is a big change from living on an island in Hawaii, but I am loving it so far!
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Hometown | San Diego, California
Undergraduate Institution | The College of Wooster; B.A. Communication Science and Disorders, Minors in Education and Studio Art
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific University because I felt comfortable and valued. I felt that the faculty and staff made an effort to actually get to know me beyond my GPA and test scores, which is what I appreciated the most and made me choose Pacific. I was astounded by how much the admissions team made sure I was on top of any deadlines throughout the whole process (pre and post acceptance). Lastly, I love that from day one we do “hands-on” work.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I like that as a student you get to collaborate with your peers. There is also no competition among peers as everyone is trying to become audiologists. We all learn from one another and help each other out on the given materials. The program takes a collaborative approach from the first day. I believe this is important because as future Audiologists we will be collaborating with various professions when working with client(s)/patient(s). I remember feeling so anxious about graduate school, but my cohort and staff made me feel at home right away. I have felt supported by my peers and faculty every step of the way and I do not think I would have found that elsewhere.
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Hometown | Blaine, Minnesota
Undergraduate Institution | Minnesota State University, Mankato; B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific because I knew I was ready to challenge myself in an accelerated program. Throughout the whole application process I felt like I was more than a number. Pacific offers above and beyond support as a prospective student that carries over as a current student!
What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I love the countless opportunities that Pacific offers for teamwork and personal growth. My favorite part of the program is the hands-on experience offered through the clinic and lab. The time in the clinic and lab helps connect what we are learning in class and the practices we will use in our careers as Audiologists. I am currently in my externship year at Northeast Hearing and Speech community clinic in Portland, Maine. I am also apart of the LEND program in Maine.
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Hometown | Clear Lake, Minnesota
Undergraduate Institution | University of Wisconsin - River Falls; B.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders, Minor Business Administration
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific University because it felt like a home away from home. Being from the midwest, I wanted a place that would challenge me to do my best every day, and that is what I have found here at Pacific University. The accelerated block schedule courses that build on each other were a big part of my decision-making. I also did not see programs with as much early hands-on experience and pace as Pacific University. The faculty, staff, and students sealed the deal for me as they were all so welcoming and helpful.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I love the hands-on approach Pacific takes in the program. Every week, we are in the lab working on technical skills that will be vital in the future. The practice time available is impressive as we have full access to the equipment outside of class times, in the Teaching Lab, Simulation Lab, and Pacific EarClinic. All of these resources are here to help students be successful and confident in their abilities to become an audiologist.
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Hometown | San Jose, California
Undergraduate Institution | University of Colorado, Boulder; B.S. Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Education
Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific because it felt like home. I grew up on the West Coast, and although I loved Colorado, something was calling me back to the west, and it just so happened to be Pacific University. The curriculum and accelerated schedule were obstacles to my learning style. However, I wanted to challenge myself outside of my comfort zone. Pacific is the perfect program because it is a non-competitive environment that fosters teamwork and cooperation with the support of your cohort and the faculty and staff.
Why do you like being a student at Pacific | The size of our cohort is larger than most programs, and it helped me find my place here. Even with a larger cohort size, the classes still feel small, and I can better understand the subject whether I ask the professor or my other classmates. Each of us comes from a different background, which allows us to interpret and understand things in diverse ways. In addition, the unique clinical experience and access to the SimLab and Teaching Lab that enable me to simultaneously learn in my classes and increase my knowledge through hands-on experience.
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Hometown | Anaheim, California
Undergraduate Institution | San Diego State University; B.A. Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Why did you chose Pacific | I chose Pacific for four reasons. First, the selection of students is based on a holistic approach, which made me feel seen and valued for who I am rather than what I look like on paper. Second, the 2-week block schedule intrigued me because I knew it would allow me to focus on one subject at a time instead of having to juggle multiple classes and assignments every week. Third, I loved all the resources prospective students are provided throughout their journey. I enjoyed speaking to staff and students as I made my decision for a graduate program. Last but not least, the university's location in the beautiful Pacific Northwest was the final piece of the puzzle for me. I loved the idea of spending my free time in nature for some self-care.
What do you like about being a student here at Pacific | I love that there is no competition within my cohort. We all support one another and can really lean on each other when struggling to understand a specific concept - everyone is always willing to help! Also, I really enjoy the 2-week block schedule because I know what to expect from week to week, which helps with time management. There are countless resources to help students succeed here at Pacific and the support is incomparable. In addition, I like that we were able to start observing real patient appointments early on and that we have the opportunity for hands-on training that matches what we are learning in didactic courses.
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Hometown | San Jose, California
Undergraduate Institution | San Jose State University; B.A. Communicative Disorders and Sciences
Why did you choose Pacific | The choice to attend Pacific was an easy decision. From the very beginning, I knew I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and meet new people; Pacific allows you to be part of a large cohort where you get to meet students from all corners of the country, all with different academic backgrounds. I also wanted to push myself academically. While it can be a challenge sometimes, the 2-week module is a perfect fit for my learning style. Ultimately, I think one of the most important factors I took into account was Pacific’s transparency. I felt that they were upfront about all aspects of the program and made it incredibly easy to communicate with faculty and current students throughout the process.
What do you like about being a student at Pacific | A defining part of Pacific’s Audiology program for me is feeling connected to the cohort. I never really clicked with students in undergrad so it has been fantastic to work alongside my fellow classmates. The program fosters teamwork and continuously encourages us to be collaborative at every step of our journey. Staff and faculty also go out of their way to make sure you don’t feel like just another passing number. I know I will succeed because everyone in this program will keep me going if I ever start feeling like I won’t.