Finishing Strong: 2014 Graduate Veronique Webber
Veronique Webber believes Armstrong is the perfect place to launch her future career as a speech pathologist.
This Atlanta native earned a B.S. in Children and Family Development from the University of Georgia in 2009, but she wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life after graduation. She worked at a church in Clemson, S.C. before deciding to apply to Armstrong for post-baccalaureate classes in 2011. At the urging of two trusted advisors, she applied to the graduate Communication Sciences and Disorders program.
“I fell in love with the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Armstrong in the first week,” she recalls. “I fell in love with the professors and with the content. Armstrong has been a great fit for me.”
As one of 19 students in her program, Webber appreciated the fact that she received such personal attention from faculty.
“I felt supported every step of the way,” she says. “My professors really cared about me, not just academically, but as a whole person. They took the time to speak with us about balancing school and life. I thought that was invaluable.”
The Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association selected Webber as the only student in the state to serve on the organization's executive board. As the chair of the Student Affairs Committee, she organized a student forum featuring top professionals in the field as well as a poster competition for the non-profit's annual convention in Atlanta.
As a student at Armstrong, she has enjoyed a number of hand-on speech therapy internship opportunities. She particularly appreciated the chance to help soldiers recovering from traumatic brain injuries at Fort Stewart and to work with students at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy and Jacob G. Smith Elementary School. One weekend a month, she interns in the acute care unit for adults at Memorial University Medical Center.
“I worked with a 101-year-old woman who had difficulty swallowing one day and, the next day, I helped four-year-olds who had trouble with their ‘l' sounds,” she marvels. “It's quite a variety.”
One of Webber's favorite experiences involved going to Atlanta for Armstrong Day at the Capitol in January of 2014. Webber was part of a group of Health Professions students who demonstrated their knowledge and skills for state legislators.
“I felt so proud to represent Armstrong's College of Health Professions,” she says. “It was a great honor to be able to tell legislators what we do.”
After she graduates from Armstrong on May 10 with an M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, this bright 27-year-old plans to apply for a full-time speech therapist position with Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. She also hopes to work at a local hospital on the weekends.
Webber loves sharing her enthusiasm for Armstrong with prospective students.
“I recommend Armstrong all the time,” she says. “It offers a smaller school experience with high academic quality. It's a more personal experience. You can really make it your own.”