Gwendolyn Bolhuis

Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, Alumna

Hometown: Burbank, IL

Education

MS, Saint Mary's College
BAS, Calvin College

Why did you pursue this degree? 
When I was a sophomore in high school my grandmother had a stroke and I was able to watch the Speech Language Pathologist work with her. I decided I wanted to pursue this field. When I started taking classes in undergrad, I found that I enjoyed learning about how language works. I also loved that as an SLP you could work with so many different populations.

What has been the most valuable part of your experience in the graduate program?
We had experts in our field and in related fields come and speak to us about the work they do. It was great to hear directly from people that are doing research and work in the field and make connections to what we were learning in class.

Please describe your experience with the faculty.
The faculty in the program are very supportive. They make sure that you understand and will answer any question you have. They are passionate about what they do and they share that passion and help you find yours. The faculty has continued to support me and answer questions even after graduation.

What advice do you have for prospective students?
Ask questions and learn as much as possible. Remember to enjoy this time!

What is your favorite class and why?
Later Childhood Language Disorders. I liked how the class was structured around putting what we learned into practice and getting into the research. This is also the age group that I work with now. I discovered that I enjoyed working with this age group during that class and I often refer back to my notes and resources for ideas.