Melissa Brechin

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Melissa Speech and Language Pathology

What inspired your choice of degree?

I took a gap year after school because I was unsure about what I wanted to study. I did the summer camp experience in America and I found that I enjoyed working with kids. I’d heard about Speech and Language Pathology so decided to give it ago, and I’ve loved it!

What’s been your favourite aspect of your studies?

Definitely the clinical side. Every semester we do placements alongside our studies. They’re really hands-on and give us insight into what the actual job will be like once we graduate.

How have you found your lecturers?

They’re great, they genuinely care about you. When you go and see them because you’re feeling panicked and stressed, they sit you down and talk you through everything. They were students once too so they know how to help. Plus we have some world-renowned lecturers at UC so you know you’re learning from the best of the best.

Tell us about the clubs you’ve joined!

I’m Vice President of Speech Soc, which is the club for audiology and speech language therapy students. We run social and academic events. It’s a great way to meet new friends, make connections and get peer support. It’s really fun being on the exec and part of the core team.

What’s one surprising thing you’ve learned about yourself at UC?

I’ve surprised myself in my abilities and what I’m capable of academically. During my time in high school I immersed myself in the performing arts. Speech language therapy has shown me that what you do in high school isn’t always where you will end up in the world.

"Every semester we do placements alongside our studies. They’re really hands-on and give us insight into what the actual job will be like once we graduate."

What’s made the difference for you?

I think it’s the incredible support and the close group of people around me. We all have the same end goal, we all encourage each other to do better. There’s also the enjoyment aspect. I’m really interested in what I’m learning and that’s made a huge difference. I don’t think that how you do at high school necessarily correlates to how you do here.

If you had to sum up UC in three words they’d be…

Encouraging, friendly and rewarding. I haven’t had any issues at all. I love my programme, the people are amazing and I feel really fortunate to be here!