Music, Theater, and Dance
Hanna Benedek '21
1. Tell us about your journey since graduation.
After graduating from Grand Valley in 2021, I started graduate school at Northwestern University studying Speech, Language, & Learning. It has been fun to explore the Chicago area and enjoy the other side of Lake Michigan. I am currently completing a clinical externship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in outpatient and inpatient acute care settings, where I treat and assess communication and swallowing disorders. I look forward to graduating with my Master's degree in June 2023 and becoming a speech-language pathologist!
2. Share a favorite Grand Valley memory.
My favorite Grand Valley memory is when I first moved into Hoobler Living Center during my freshman year. After all the parents had left us, a group of students decided to toss a ball down the hallway. I joined in, introduced myself, and was quickly welcomed into their group. Since that moment, these were friends that became a wonderful support group throughout my undergraduate career. They chatted with me when I worked as a cashier at Kleiner Commons, clapped during my University Singers' choir concerts, and hugged me when I graduated. I am grateful that the friendships I formed literally on my first day at Grand Valley have not only been a memorable part of my undergraduate career but have continued past graduation!
3. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Be your own best advocate. You never know unless you ask!
4. List three words you would use to describe your Grand
Memorable. Supportive. Home.
5. What difference would you like to make in the world?
I want to promote evidence-based practice, cultural humility, and interprofessional collaboration within the field of speech pathology. This will allow the field to continue to advance and discover the best ways to treat and assess communication disorders.
Allied Health Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology, Music