Student Ambassadors | 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!

Class of 2023

Chris Day

First Year |

Hometown | New Orleans, LA

Undergraduate Institution | University of North Carolina at Asheville

Why did you choose Pacific | When exploring AuD options, finding a curriculum that complements my learning style was my top goal. Having previous experience in a traditional 4-year audiology program, I was specifically looking at accelerated programs. Upon learning more about Pacific's 2-week block scheduling for courses, I knew that this program was the right fit for me. Being able to focus on one course at a time has proven to be a great fit for me and is something that I strongly value. I'm happy to state that the layout and presentation of course materials has met and exceeded all of my expectations!

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I've been so happy and impressed with the overall culture of Pacific's School of Audiology. The levels of care and support offered by the faculty and staff has been remarkable and something that I've greatly appreciated. Faculty and staff regularly go the extra mile to ensure that students are on track and have the tools they need to succeed. 

Madison Ensley

First Year |

Hometown | Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Undergraduate Institution | Wilkes University; BS in Biology

Why did you choose Pacific | Pacific University was my top choice when deciding where I wanted to attend graduate school because I loved the idea of an accelerated program that operated on 2 week class rotations. The design of the program enables me to focus on one class at a time rather than taking multiple at a time. I also loved the faculty and staff since they bring a very warm welcoming. I felt right at home on my interview day. 

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I love that I am on the West Coast. There is so much to do in the Pacific Northwest. It is really nice to take a drive to the beach or grab a good bite to eat on a study break. I also really appreciate feeling like I am more than just a number to the program. The faculty and staff really want to get to know you on a personal level and care about your well-being. This makes it much easier to be so far away from my hometown where my family is. 

Carlie Glaze

First Year |

Hometown | Bloomington, Indiana

Undergraduate Institution | Indiana University Bloomington; B.A. Speech and Hearing Sciences, Minor in Linguistics

Why did you choose Pacific | I only applied to schools in places I could realistically see myself living, and Oregon was up there! After seeing the amazing facilities with lots of hands-on equipment and the upscale town Pacific is located in, I became transfixed with the area on glamour alone! After beginning my studies here, I know I made the right choice because not only is the area lovely and safe, the school and everyone associated with it has truly made me feel welcomed.  

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I love how being here feels like being part of a long lost family. Seriously. I feel like I've finally found my people! I never quite fit in with my peers in undergrad because we weren't on the same dedication level and didn't share interests. Now, I'm surrounded by peers and professors who are passionate about the same things I am! Everyone is so nice and funny, and I feel like I can truly be myself for the first time in a long time. Pacific's environment fosters and celebrates this individuality. I feel important here, like they care about the real me and not a number on paper. Pacific makes me feel authentic, capable, and like part of the family. 

Madison Hayes

First Year |

Hometown | Willoughby, Ohio

Undergraduate Institution | Kent State University; BS Speech Pathology and Audiology, Minor Disability Studies and Comm Inclusivity

Why did you choose Pacific | The primary reason I chose Pacific was the collaborative approach of the program. I love how our courses are built so that students support other students during each module. I came from a very competitive undergraduate program and it was important that in graduate school, I had a more supportive and collaborative cohort. Pacific's SOA creates this approach by using pass/fail system instead of providing grades and including a group exam as part of your final examination for each module. This is unique compared to other audiology programs and provides an important skill of future professional collaboration. 

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I know by being a student at Pacific, I am more than just a number to the faculty and staff. I am valued as a person and I am genuinely cared for. I've felt that way before I visited Pacific for my interview, and I've continued to feel that way as a student. I'm so thankful for the faculty and staff here!

Savannah Hoekstra

First Year |

Hometown | Liberty Lake, Washington

Undergraduate Institution | Eastern Washington University; BS Excercise Science, Minor Communication Sciences

Why did you choose Pacific | My initial interest in Pacific was its location in the Pacific Northwest. The beauty surrounding the area is contagious and challenges you to get outside. My choice became more concrete with the idea of a pass/fail accelerated program. I enjoyed the thought of having a group of peers who were allies rather than competitors. With this in mind, it became clear that staff members believe in your academic potential regardless of where you stand. I knew that a three-year program would be challenging, but the design of the classes seemed to give me every opportunity to succeed. I attended an open house hoping to finalize the decision for my future and haven't looked back since. Everything I wanted in a program, and more, I found at Pacific. 

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I feel extremely lucky to be here. Graduate school is intimidating, but I have found people who I can turn to and genuinely care for me. There is so much opportunity here at Pacific. Not only to enhance your education, but to be yourself. The lab environments are amazing, and we got hands on learning right from the get-go. Each week, there is always something I look forward to. Since I have arrived at Pacific, I never got the feeling I was just another student shuffled through the program. The inclusivity is beyond what I expected. The general vicinity of Pacific also has an outrageous food scene, delicious coffee, nature in every nook and cranny, and an insane amount of activities to ignite my spontaneous side. 

Lauren Hourican

First Year |

Hometown | Arlington, Massachusetts

Undergraduate Institution | University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Bachelor's of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Minor in Spanish

Why did you choose Pacific | I chose to attend Pacific Univeristy because I wanted to push myself, both academically and out of my comfort zone. I loved the idea of an accelerated program and being able to experience living in a new place. I had never visited the Pacific Northwest before my interview day, but I have completely fallen in love! I really admired the clinical experience offered here at Pacific, as well as the non-competitive nature of the program. The faculty and cohort want everyone to succeed and are very supportive.

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | Pacific's block schedule is one aspect that sets this program apart. Instead of juggling multiple classes for an entire semester, we take one course for two weeks. This allows us to focus on mastering one subject, and at the end of the two weeks, we get a free weekend to spend however we like. The block schedule is a great way to balance an accelerated program while also prioritizing our free time and mental health. I also love participating hands-on skills in lab each week and learning from my classmates who come from a variety of backgrounds. 

Lindsay Humphrey

First Year |

Hometown | New Hartford, Connecticut

Undergraduate Institution | Central Connecticut State University; B.A. in English, Minor in Psychology

Why did you choose Pacific | Pacific's welcoming environment is what first caught my attention when I expressed interest in the program, a few years before applying. Before stepping foot on campus, Pacific was always quick to reply to any questions and supported me throughout the application process. I never felt nervous to ask questions when reaching out to students or faculty since everyone was encouraging and enthusiastic about the program. I also love all the beautiful places to explore around Oregon when we have time off!

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | What I love about being a student at Pacific is that there is no sense of competition within our cohort. We all work together and help each other out since the accelerated nature of the program can feel intense at times. I really appreciate that there are students from all sorts of different backgrounds since everyone has a unique perspective to offer.

Cristina Jimenez

First Year |

Hometown | Los Angeles, California

Undergraduate Institution | California State University, Long Beach; B.A. Speech-Language Pathology, Minor in Linguistics

Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific because I wanted to stay on the west coast and be as close to home as possible. I actually didn't know that I wanted to attend Pacific until I visited the campus for my interview day. I remember everyone being so welcoming and supportive. I knew it was the type of environment that I wanted to have for this type of program.

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I love how everyone is so supportive and willing to help each other! This program is definitely challening and intimidating, but the students and faculty are willing to offer assistance. I also like that everyone starts from the beginning with this program. Although everyone has different backgrounds and experiences, we all start from the beginning and learn the basics. 

Chyenne Kimble

First Year |

Hometown | Big Bear Lake, California

Undergraduate Institution | University of Redlands; B.A. in Communication Sciences

Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific because of its unique collaborative approach and the many opportunities to participate in hands-on learning experiences. Pacific's block schedule matched up perfectly with my learning style and I knew that this was the program that I would be most successful in.

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | What I like most about being a student at Pacific is that the faculty genuinely care about you and want you to succeed. Especially in these tumultuous times, it can feel like we are missing out on certain opportunities. The faculty and staff have been flexible and supportive, doing everything they can to ensure that we get what we need to be successful Audiologists. 

Kaylee Kimura

First Year |

Hometown | Wailuku, Hawaii

Undergraduate Institution | Pacific University; BA Business Administration, Marketing, Minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific because I wanted to study a broad range of fields within Audiology. I wanted to keep my options open by working with a diverse population of patients. I further wanted to have experiences in different clinical settings. Pacific prepares you to work in a range of fields within Audiology. I also chose Pacific because of their 3-year program. I get to learn an entire course in 2 weeks focusing solely on one topic while laying a foundation for the following classes. 

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I love that the students and faculty of the School of Audiology are very supportive of one another. I feel that we are able to work together and collaborate through our learning experiences. Pacific is all about learning and wanting to achieve our goals together. 

Philip King

First Year |

Hometown | Santa Barbara, CA

Undergraduate Institution | University of California, Santa Cruz; B.A. Linguistics. Portland State University; B.A. Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific University for their inclusive atmosphere and welcoming environment. There are many wonderful schools out there, but none compare to the feeling of being a student at Pacific. There were very clear guidelines and communication for the application process. They really take a holistic approach to student selection. They want you to succeed and I have never been to a school where they listened to the student voices like they do at Pacific. 

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I really like the transparency and flexibility they have shown; especially during this particular academic year. Everyone, faculty and staff included, are committed to your success. Most of all, I really like that they care about each person and that our voices are still heard. They really take that into consideration when planning for the future. I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. 

Kortney Mathiesen

First Year |

Hometown | Nevada City, California

Undergraduate Institution | California State University, Chico; B.A. Communication Sciences and Disorders

Why did you choose Pacific | Pacific University's AuD. program first caught my attention due to the fast-paced accelerated 3 year model and relatively larger cohort sizes. But, when I arrived for interview day, I learned it is so much more. From the time I first set foot on PU's campus, I knew I was home. It was the first time in my academic career I felt that people really cared about me as a person rather than my academic performance alone. I was amazed by the state of the art equipment, clinic, and teaching lab. I couldn't believe everything PU had to offer its students. 

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I love the amount of support I feel from the staff and other students on a daily basis. With all the unprecedented events 2020 has brought, the faculty has been overwhelmingly supportive. They really care about providing students with the best education possible regardless of the events. I also really love the area! Oregon is so beautiful and has much to offer people from all walks of life. There's small towns, large cities, mountains, lakes, rivers, beaches, and not to mention... amazing food! Before coming here, I thought Oregon was rainy and just had a bunch of trees. I sure was wrong!

Leah Peterson

First Year |

Hometown | San Rafael, CA

Undergraduate Institution | Sonoma State University; B.A. Human Development, Minor in Psychology

Why did you choose Pacific | I was initially interested in Pacific's program because it was a 3-year accelerated program and the immediate appeal to the Pacific Northwest. Quickly into learning more about the program, I realized that those surface-level attractions were a bonus to the incredible adult-centered learning environment that they have created. The block model curriculum, paired with the extensive opportunity for hands-on learning through the Sim Lab, time in the clinic, internships, and externships, really made me feel like this was an environment where I could thrive. 

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I was extremely nervous at first because I came from a non-CSD background. I quickly learned that our cohort is filled with students from all different backgrounds, which allows us to each contribute something different to the table. This variety of perspectives has proven to be a learning experience in itself and has taught us the value of collaboration and unity that makes me feel the immense support from everyone around me. It has made an incredibly positive impact knowing that my fellow students, faculty, and professors are just as invested in my success as I am. Graduate school will challenge you in more ways than you could imagine; however, when you have the kind of encouragement offered here at Pacific, it is entirely manageable. 

Reed Redding

First Year |

Hometown | Leaburg, Oregon

Undergraduate Institution | Corban University, BS Biomedical Sciences, Minor in Biblical Studies

Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific University for two main reasons. First, I love the Pacific Northwest and wanted to stay in the area. The PNW has so much to offer, from the coast to the mountains, Powell's Books in downtown Portland, and plenty of coffee shops exactly when and where you need them. Second, Pacific's rigorous program matches my learning style. Two-week block courses can be difficult at times, but they allow you to fully dive into a given topic. This provides the freedom to focus on and master a topic, which comes in handy for later courses.

What do you like about being a student at Pacific When I first visited the School of Audiology at an open house, the interactions between faculty and students stood out to me. Yes, they were teachers and students, but there was a unique respect, care, and family-like quality in these moments. After joining this program, I'm thankful to report that this is true. The faculty and staff members truly want us to thrive as future hearing healthcare professionals. They know the difficulty of a clinical doctorate program, and rather than making it easier they support us in rising to the occasion. All the while, they work diligently to keep this program non-competitive, so that as a cohort we can support and learn from each other. There are so many good things about Pacific's program, but the faculty and staff are what make it shine. 

Jessica Tichy

First Year |

Hometown | Eveleth, Minnesota

Undergraduate Institution | University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - B.A. Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, minor in Neuroscience

Why did you choose Pacific | At the beginning of the application process, Pacific really stood out to me becasue of the accelerated 3-year program and the 2-week block class schedule. then when I was invited to an interview day and got to meet all the amazing students and faculty, I instantly felt at home. They really showed that they care about their students' success and well-being. Also, there are many opportunities for hands-on learning, with the simulation labs (audiometry booths) and teaching labs equipped with everything needed to practice and learn. 

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I mentioned this briefly above, but I love how supportive everyone at Pacific is. The faculty and even the current year 2 students always say, "We are here if you need anything!" Even in this pressing time of COVID and their hectic schedules, they email or verbally check in with you to see how you are doing and making sure your feelings are addressed and validated. Also, the two week courses are great because your brain only has to focus on one topic at a time! It really shows you what type of learner and studier you are! Oregon is also a very beautiful place, with endless places to explore and I can't wait to adventure more!

Any Tran

First Year |

Hometown | Seattle, Washington

Undergraduate Institution | University of Washington Seattle; B.S. Speech and Hearing Sciences (Communication Disorders), B.A. Early Childhood and Family Studies

Why did you choose Pacific | There are a multitude of reasons for why I chose to pursue my degree at Pacific University. Pacific piqued my interest because it was located close to home and because there was no GRE requirement, the latter reason indicating that I was valued beyond my identity as a student. On interview day, I was overwhelmed by the genuine kindness I received from the professors - they even knew my name before meeting me. I remember feeling impressed as I walked through campus. With its uniquely large cohort, I would be exposed to more diverse perspectives and creative ideas than I would with any other program and due to Pacific's non-competitive design, everyone works together. After having meaningful conversations from that day with the staff and current students, I knew Pacific was where I needed to attend. 

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I really enjoy being on campus with the hands-on simulation labs and equipment. The accessibility allows me to be more comfortable with myself and my skill set to work with patients in the future. I am also incredibly thankful for the staff and faculty. When I was feeling disconnected, they validated my feelings and encouraged self care. Their consistent support is important because grad school will challenge your mental health. Finally, Pacific University is also within the beautiful Pacific Northwest where I have lived my entire life. It's like having the same cities, farms, mountains, coffee, trees, and global cuisines... without the sales tax!

Blake Wimmer

First Year |

Hometown | Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Undergraduate Institution | University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific because of how incredibly welcomed and appreciated I felt throughout the application and interview process. This school cares about every aspect of your background and why you want to be here, and clearly shows interest in you as a unique individual.

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | This is an intense, accelerated doctoral program, and support from staff and faculty is important along the way. I have no hesitation when I need to reach out for help, advice, or motivation because I know that everyone truly wants me to succeed. Also, the facilities at Pacific are high tech and designed to provide exposure to an array of different types of equipment and manufacturers, so you are prepared for any situation as a practicing Audiologist.

Maritza Zaldivar-Lima

First Year |

Hometown | Centralia, Washington

Undergraduate Institution | University of Washington, Seattle; B.S. Speech and Hearing Sciences: Communication Disorders, Minor in Education, Learning, and Society

Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific because it has what I was looking for in terms of the pace of classes and the support of students. I really appreciated that they had Student Ambassadors that I could reach out to whenever I had questions and so I could make an informed decision. Ultimately, I found that the accelerated, two-week model worked best for my learning style and gave me the hands-on approach I need. 

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I have really enjoyed my time at Pacific because of how much it really feels like a community here. I know that the faculty and staff take our success very seriously and I always feel like I can ask questions if I need to. I also feel very welcomed by all students in the program! I have never met so many students that are so dedicated, willing to help, and above all, encouraging.


Class of 2022

Madeline Allen

Second Year |

Hometown | Lake Charles, Louisiana

Undergraduate Institution | Louisiana State University – B.A. Communication Sciences and Disorders, minor in Psychology

Why did you choose PacificPacific’s accelerated track is what originally piqued my interest in the program, but it was the commitment to interprofessional learning that really stuck with me. It aligned with my belief that patients need doctors who will work together to give them the best health care possible! The 2-week module also seemed like an ideal fit for my personal learning style. When I learned that Pacific had a hands-on Simulation Lab, where students can practice clinical skills with tools and equipment seen in professional clinics, I knew that this program was the one for me.

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | The professors specifically understand that as students of audiology, we don’t know everything yet, and they are so patient and helpful as we hone our new skills in this accelerated program. We can enjoy learning about our future careers and make mistakes without feeling the pressure to be perfect. Also, the professors, faculty, and staff are very supportive of collaborative-based learning, which in turn has given all of us opportunities to get to know each other better! Hillsboro is also a great spot, as it is close to the coast and the city and any outdoor activities you can think of! It’s easy to find a place to clear your head when you need a break from school. Coming from a completely different part of the country, I was worried about feeling at home here, but I am happy to say that Pacific has become my second home!

Daniel Contreras

Second Year |

Hometown | El Paso, Texas

Undergraduate Institution | University of Nevada, Reno; Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology

Why did you choose PacificI chose Pacific University because it offers a clinically-based doctorate and I could really see myself maximizing my education here. Every aspect of the program is designed for student success and the fact that it is a three-year program, rather than the typical four years, is a testament to the well-organized nature of the program. The simulation lab, which houses 9 fully equipped testing booths, is always open and played a large role in my decision to attend Pacific. The two-week per class schedule was something that really interested me while researching Pacific and I felt it would work well with my learning style. Something else that appealed to me was the three separate internships during the second year, which place students in different types of clinical settings to ensure a well-rounded experience. Lastly, the learning environment here is different than most other programs I considered, encouraging collaboration and group learning rather than a more independent and competitive one.

What do you like about being a student at PacificWhat stands out most is how comfortable and welcomed I felt here, both during interview day as well as the start of the school year. I really like having so much equipment available to work with and that our program’s classrooms, practice spaces, clinic, and faculty offices are all located on the same floor of the same building. The faculty is very knowledgeable, friendly, easily accessible, and cover various specialty areas. I have really enjoyed the two-week module structure. Focusing on one topic at a time has been less overwhelming and stressful than taking multiple classes at once and has allowed me to really immerse myself in the material and learn. Finally, I have really enjoyed the location and weather here in Oregon. I prefer the climate here much more than that of previous cities I’ve lived in and there are trees everywhere and lots of beautiful scenery. Portland is really close for those who enjoy the city, but there are also endless options for those who enjoy outdoor activities.  

Caitlin Davis

Second Year |

Hometown Ventura, CA

Undergraduate InstitutionCarroll College

Why did you choose Pacific | Pacific University has many desirable qualities; it’s an accelerated program, the curriculum is a block schedule, and it has diverse clinical opportunities. What stood out to me since my interview day was how the professors genuinely care about their students and the student ambassadors were ready to offer support to the incoming class. Being in an intense three accelerated program I wanted to be in an environment that was positive and cultivated academic and clinical growth. The support the professors and staff offer made Pacific my top choice.

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | What I love most about being a student at Pacific is being exposed to clinic our first year of the program. Within my first month of starting the audiology program I was observing audiologists and second year students in the Pacific EarCinic. I love having the early exposure in the clinic setting to complement the didactic classwork and lab work.   

Megan Ellmaker

Second Year |

Hometown Erwinna, Pennsylvania

Undergraduate InstitutionUniversity of Vermont

Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific because of the accelerated nature of the program, the beautiful outdoors that Oregon has for me to explore outside of class, and the unique opportunity to be able to be in the clinic from the start of the program. 

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I like being a student at pacific because the large cohort allows you to meet people from all over and learn about their perspectives and experiences in audiology. The campus is full of health professionals, so there is interprofessional opportunity, and the unique class schedule allows me to immerse myself in one subject at a time.

Ariana Ernotte

Second Year |

Hometown Seattle, WA

Undergraduate InstitutionWestern Washington University; BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and in Linguistics (double major)

Why did you choose Pacific | Determining which schools you want to apply to is just one of the many stressful tasks involved in the application process. Most university websites only offered some brief information on the faculty and how to apply. No amount of ASHA statistics, hours on GradCafe, and discussions with my professors allowed me to truly gauge what a real student’s graduate program experience was like. Except for Pacific University: they were unique compared to any of the graduate programs I looked into. Pacific had student ambassadors, people in the program who could give honest answers about their perceptions of the program. The frankness and authenticity of the staff and students during my eventual interview day led me to commit to a program I felt like I could trust my tuition with. 

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | Pacific doesn’t just specialize in one type of Audiology. The two-week class block schedule allows the students to hyperfocus on one subject at a time. By giving students experience in the varying Audiology fields, Pacific creates professionals who are well-equipped for the real world. Besides that, being a student at Pacific means being a part of a supportive and welcoming team. The uniquely large cohort at Pacific allows for diversity and a community in a rather small profession.

Christiana Frascone

Second Year |

Hometown Lake Elmo, Minnesota

Undergraduate InstitutionUniversity of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Why did you choose PacificI chose Pacific University as I found the class schedule unique. With the program being fast paced, you typically take one course at a time. This means that I am able to focus all of my time and energy on one subject which allows me to really dive into the content. The SIM-LAB is another piece of the education that I found interesting; I know that I am a very hands-on learner, so I enjoy having an Audiology Suite with up to date equipment open to me 24/7 for practice. I also stayed close to home for undergraduate, so I was ready to experience being far away from home.

What do you like about being a student at PacificI like the professors, the program and the area. You are able to see that the professors are not only passionate about their classes but also very hands-on in teaching you. They truly want you to succeed and be able to carry the skills that you learn in class over to the clinic. I am also enjoying the proximity to Portland as well as the coast. There is so much to do here in your spare time, there is no way you will be bored!

Meagan Julian

Second Year |

Hometown San Jose, California 

Undergraduate Institution | San Jose State University - BA in Communicative Disorders and Sciences; Minor in Deaf Education

Why did you choose PacificPacific University advocates for the success of their students and that showed when I attended the interview day. The environment felt safe, the staff and faculty were friendly and welcoming, and the students answered honestly and openly to all of our questions. The non-competitive drive the school offers intrigued me as well as the two-week courses that allow me to test my limits and challenge myself. The Simulation Lab and Ear Clinic are amazing; we have the best resources to prepare for our careers as future audiologists! 

What do you like about being a student at PacificAs a student at Pacific University, it has lived up to my expectations and more. The preceptors demonstrate their care for student's academic success, physical and mental health with their open-door policy. The easy accessibility to the Simulation Lab and Ear Clinic is useful to take advantage of to practice and master your audiological skills. The non-competitive environment Pacific University offers has allowed my classmates and me to work collaboratively to a better understanding of certain concepts as we go through this journey together. And with the Student Academy of Audiology Chapter, we can make connections, volunteer, and give back to our community. Pacific University is not only academically likable but also in terms of nearby beautiful sites to explore and visit. In the Pacific Northwest, there are many activities for everyone to enjoy! 

Jessica Miles

Second Year |

Hometown South Haven, Michigan

Undergraduate InstitutionNorthern Michigan University; B.S. in Speech Language, and Hearings Sciences

Why did you choose Pacific | Pacific University School of Audiology has many appealing aspects, specifically the design of the program in comparison to other universities. I chose this program because I did not want to be limited in exploring the possibilities the field has to offer. Here at Pacific I found the program to be one that would be a place for learning, growth, and equip me with exceptional skills that I would need to be successful in my career. I chose Pacific because I knew I would receive the education that fit me best. For me it was an accelerated program and the opportunity to have multiple experiences in different settings for internships.

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I love being a student at Pacific! Truly, the students and preceptors are wonderful people from all over the world. They are my family for the next three years and eventually, my future colleagues. Each one has something different that they bring to the program, I am always learning something new from each person. At Pacific I am challenged by the program, but everyone wants to see each other succeed. It’s like having a whole section of fans at an event for you every day cheering you one! I love how approachable my preceptors are. When you need help, other students are right there willing to help you through anything along with your preceptors. As a student I value having an environment that I feel I can learn and make mistakes along the way. I am thankful to have found that here at Pacific!

Kindra Robbins

Second Year |

Hometown Anchorage, Alaska 

Undergraduate InstitutionWestern Washington University; B.A. Communication Sciences and Disorders. Minor in International Studies

Why did you choose Pacific | Part of the reason that I chose Pacific University was the accelerated three year program. This doctorate program will allow me to finish school and return to Alaska to start serving my community a year earlier than any other doctorate program. I also love the block scheduling, I was nervous about attending a semester based school where I might have to retain class material for a whole 17 weeks before taking an exam. However, at Pacific we have an exam about every two weeks instead of a bunch of exams at the end of the semester, which is perfect for me since I have always been on the quarter system.

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | Our cohort size is larger than most programs and this gives us the opportunity to meet more people, form more friendships and have more people to answer our questions. We spend a lot of time with our cohort in our amazing class and clinical spaces and it is great getting to know everyone and learning from each other as well as the faculty. Everyone is always so happy and excited to learn and this collective positivity has made the transition from undergrad very smooth.

Molly Sienko

Second Year |

Hometown | Blaine, Minnesota

Undergraduate Institution | University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Why did you choose Pacific | Trying to figure out which graduate programs to apply to as well as maneuvering the application process can be very time consuming and stressful. The administrative staff at Pacific University as well as their Student Ambassadors were always available to answer any questions that I had and truly made me feel a part of their community even before I was accepted. 

What do you like about being a student at PacificIn an accelerated doctoral program, having a group of fellow students and faculty who you know are there to support and encourage you during this crazy time is essential, and that is exactly was Pacific has to offer. I enjoy being a student here because the faculties doors are always open to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and your fellow students know exactly what you're going through and are willing to help you work through any issues that may arise.

Brittany Stevens

Second Year |

Hometown | St. Paul, MN

Undergraduate Institution | Augsburg University B. A. in Psychology & B. A. in Religion

Why did you choose PacificI chose Pacific University because of their accelerated curriculum , but Pacific has much more to offer than just an accelerated program. The coursework is intense but manageable with good time management skills and the faculty are very supportive. Also, having a block schedule really helps to focus on a topic and build our knowledge with each class. Pacific University also emphasizes early and consistent involvement at their audiology clinic where students can gain practical experience. 

What do you like about being a student at PacificI love being a student at Pacific because of the people. Both my peers and faculty form a tight knit group that I can rely on for support when I need it. I feel like my classmates and I build each other up and make each other better through collaborating. The faculty are just as supportive and approachable as well and they are willing to go above and beyond to help you when you need it. I could not think of a better atmosphere in which to learn than the one at Pacific.

Kathleen Theilacker

Second Year |

Hometown | Riverside, California

Undergraduate Institution | California Baptist University

Why did you choose PacificAfter searching through many universities, Pacific's program proved to be an extremely unique one. On my interview day, it was evident how much the professors truly cared for the students and wanted to see them go above and beyond success. The first and second year cohorts create an overwhelmingly loving and supportive atmosphere where there is no competition but instead people actually want each other to succeed.

What do you like about being a student at PacificMy favorite part of the program is that we are given so many opportunities to learn, gain experience, and to succeed. The students and professors genuinely care for each other and I cannot imagine being a part of any other program.

Breanne Torio 

Second Year |

Undergraduate Institution | San Francisco State University; B.A. in Communicative Disorders, Minor in Special Education

Hometown | Daly City, California

Why did you choose Pacific | As someone who grew up in the Bay Area, I felt as if I would be limited in terms of personal growth if I were to pursue a higher level of education over there. In addition to this, the number of Audiology programs in California is scarce and I was also ready to leave the comfort of my home. So, once I received an email about an upcoming interview at Pacific University, I immediately looked up flights from California to Oregon. That decision turned into a life-changing experience because I could see myself being a student here right away. I loved the idea of challenging myself with the 2-week block schedule, enhancing new skills in the clinic, or perfecting techniques with our lab groups. I also appreciated the manner in which professors also acknowledged their students as colleagues and vice versa. Let’s go Boxers!!! :)

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | There are so many things to choose from! The supportive faculty members and my fellow classmates are definitely a plus because everyone does their best to help anyone who may struggle on a particular concept. I also enjoy the variety of hands-on experiences that we participated in the unique facilities that the program has to offer, which includes the Teaching Lab, Simulation Lab, and the Pacific EarClinic. Outside of the classroom, there are quite a few food options or coffee shops to choose from in case any students need a break.

Class of 2021

Nicole Castro 

Third Year |

Undergraduate Institution | San Francisco State University; BA in Communicative Disorders Minor in Special Education

Why did you choose Pacific | I chose Pacific University because I felt it offered a positive learning environment for my needs. Previous Student Ambassadors were so open about the exciting and challenging times ahead, and I felt the support from faculty, staff, and peers were an important aspect in this program. Also, Pacific has a 2-week block schedule. I am a hands-on learner and so I was very intrigued to learn that Pacific has a simulation lab where we can practice our skills that follow along with the material in lecture.

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | Pacific is an accelerated 3-year program and as daunting as that can be faculty, staff, and peers are incredibly supportive at helping their students succeed. They will set time aside their busy schedule and are more than happy to help you understand the material. They understand that as students we will make mistakes and it’s their goal to help us feel confident on the material and skills, so we do not make the same mistakes with our future patients. The School of Audiology community at Pacific is very encouraging and wants its students to enjoy learning while balancing some self-love.

Ashley Chun


Undergraduate Institution | University of Nevada, Reno; Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies

Why did you choose Pacific | From my very first impression during interviews at Pacific, I knew it was different than any other graduate programs I looked at. The professors were clearly so passionate about audiology, but most importantly they were really advocating for the students’ success. It was obvious that they were going to shape and mold me to the audiologist that I would hope to be in the future. Another important aspect was the 3 year accelerated program that only so many graduate schools offer. The speed of the program and constant hands-on experience through the simulation lab makes Pacific University unlike any other.

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | Being in a 3 year accelerated program, I was terrified if I was going to be able to keep up. However, the professors have been engaging in making sure they are constantly present with guidance and support. But most importantly, Pacific University has truly given me a home away from home. From the professors and my fellow cohort, I have been given a community that will always push me to be the best and will be there to support me in my future path into audiology. 

Randi Cook 

Third Year |

Undergraduate Institution | Western Oregon University; BA American Sign Language

Hometown | Woodland, California

Why did you chose Pacific | When it came to the decision of choosing Pacific University for my graduate school, there were two significant factors that played a huge role. The first being that I felt that my success and happiness were the highest priorities for the faculty. Often, during undergrad, I felt isolated and left alone when it came to my progression and success. It is completely different here at Pacific! I truly feel that the people around me go above and beyond to ensure that I feel supported. The second factor was the acceleration of this program. The fast pace of this three-year program fits my life style and drive. Therefore, this program matches my speed and gives me the opportunity to start my externship a year earlier than most programs.

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | There are so many things I like about being a student at Pacific University but if I would have to chose one thing, it would be the feeling of community I get by being here. I felt automatically accepted and immersed into the program and school right away! When choosing a graduate program, you have to be confident that it will be an environment where you will thrive.

Danielle Jenkins 

Third Year |

Undergraduate Institution | University of Central Florida; B.S. Communication Science and Disorders 

Hometown | Tampa, Florida 

Why did you chose Pacific | What originally drew me to Pacific was the accelerated aspect of the program. I knew Pacific was my new home away from home the moment interview day began. The staff and current students warmly welcomed us and answered any questions we had. The SimLab was impressive and is currently providing the perfect environment to start my journey as an audiologist to be. Being from Florida, I knew it was a huge leap for me but there is no doubt in my mind that I made the right choice.  

What do I like about being a student at Pacific | What I love about Pacific is how much the staff is approachable and wants you to succeed. The staff goes above and beyond when it comes to their teaching methods to ensure the students understand the material. Pacific sets students up for success not only in the classroom but also in the clinic. I have already been exposed to pediatric screenings at local elementary schools and the Pacific Ear Clinic. Through Pacific, I had the opportunity to volunteer at OAA this year where I was educated on current audiology debates and was exposed to the latest technology manufacturers had to offer. The program is fast paced and is challenging at times; however, my fellow peers and professors are always there to support, encourage and help throughout the program. 

Grace Paddock 

Third Year |

Undergraduate Institution | University of Mississippi Bachelor of Science Communication Sciences and Disorders 

Why did you choose Pacific | I was first drawn to Pacific University because of the accelerated aspect and the unique block schedule. When I came to campus and received my first tour I was blown away by everything Pacific has to offer. The simulation lab is always open and gives students a place to practice and perfect their skills, the classrooms, labs, and clinic are all located in one building so there is no running from one side of campus to the other, and there is always a friendly face around the corner. Being so far from home I wanted to attend a university that made me feel like I was a part of the family and I found that at Pacific!

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | Pacific University is truly a special place. The professors are on your side and want you to succeed. They are approachable and go out of their way to get to know you. The larger cohort also gives you the ability to make a ton of friends right from the start. This makes studying and being in the classroom all day so much more enjoyable. We also get to start hands on learning right from the beginning. We are in the simulation lab, clinic, and local school districts to conduct hearing screenings starting the first month of the program to begin to apply our knowledge. These are just a few of the reason why I enjoy being a student at Pacific University!

Theresa Ravago 

Third Year |

Undergraduate Institution | University of California, Merced; Molecular and Cell Biological Sciences, BS

Hometown | Stockton, CA

Why You Chose Pacific University | Determining where to build the foundation for your professional career is such an important decision. What stood out most to me about Pacific University was the genuine care for the success of each and every student. The faculty and staff assured me that my strengths are valued here at Pacific and my weaknesses are just as important in my growth as an individual. Knowing I would be in a safe and supportive environment to make mistakes and relentlessly encouraged to improve and refine my knowledge and skills, was one of the many reasons why I chose Pacific University. 

What Do You Like About Being a Student at Pacific | The innovative block system has been such a great match to my learning style. The classes build on one another and continuously reinforce the knowledge we’ve acquired. The early hands on experience has also helped in solidifying what we learned in the classroom and making it clinically applicable early on. The resources we have in our program are immense— from the simulation pods, teaching laboratories, and great accessibility to our preceptors. Here at Pacific, we truly are supported by all faculty and staff members because they genuinely want you to succeed and reach your potential as a student clinician and future audiologist. 

Satara Setzer

Third Year |

Undergraduate | University of Nevada, Reno; Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology

Hometown | Chandler, Arizona 

Why you chose Pacific | The biggest thing that appealed to me was the access we have to the simulation lab. At other schools you have to share access to a small number of facilities, but at Pacific you have access to all the testing equipment in the lab and the clinic, which gives us limitless opportunities to hone our skills for the praxis and our placements. As someone who is a really hands on learner, this is an invaluable opportunity for me to become comfortable and get acquainted with everything. 

What you like about being a student at Pacific | Because your time is so short in the accelerated program, everyone becomes incredibly close early on. There is really no time for formality, you are immediately surrounded by people who understand what you are going through and who want to help you succeed! This is true for both professors and for your fellow classmates, everyone knows everyone and the support is immense. 

Zoha Sohel 

Third Year |

Undergraduate Institution | University of British Columbia; Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology

Hometown | Vancouver, BC

Why did you chose Pacific | I chose this program because it is well-rounded in terms of both academics and clinical experience. The block module system is very effective because it allows for a deeper understanding of concepts. Also, the clinical practicum starts within the first month of the program, which is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience very early on in the program. 

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | My favorite part about the program is the professors because they are very supportive and approachable. They are wiling to go above and beyond to make sure that every student is comfortable with the learning materials and are always available to answer any questions. 

Tiffany Tran 

Third Year |

Undergraduate Institution | University of California, Riverside; BA Linguistics

Hometown | Garden Grove, California

Why did you choose Pacific | Pacific University offers many valuable opportunities for early hands-on learning experience as well as technologically advanced tools to enhance your educational progress. There were so many positives about Pacific University such as the EarClinic, the SIMlab, and the condensed yet concise 3-year block system schedule. Another plus point for out of state students is no tax in Oregon!

What do you like about being a student at Pacific | I feel very privileged as a student here at Pacific University due to the early hands-on opportunities with the equipment, as well as the attentive and encouraging professors who truly desire for the students to succeed. The overall Pacific AuD community treats their students like family and that really helped me to find my comfort zone so far away from home.

Madison Turner-Cole 

Third Year |

Undergraduate Institution | Western Washington University; B.A. Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown | Arlington, WA

Why I chose Pacific University | I chose Pacific University because of the block system schedule. This correlates with my learning style, and I knew it would help me succeed in graduate school. Another reason I chose Pacific was the wonderful faculty. From the second I set foot on campus, I felt very welcomed. It was very apparent how much they wanted to see their students succeed and would go the extra mile to make sure that happened.

What I like about being a student at Pacific | My favorite part about being a student at Pacific is the wonderful individuals I get to surround myself with daily. You couldn’t ask for better faculty who are there to help during every step of the process and provide so much encouragement to their students. Additionally, this includes my peer group, who even in a short time, I have grown close to and rely so heavily on for support. The community is truly what sets Pacific University’s School of Audiology apart from other programs.