When Kimberly Jodoin '12 switched from an education major to a communication sciences and disorders major, she was told she would need to complete an extra academic year to fulfill her requirements. She was excited about her new major and anxious to begin her career, so when she heard the news of an extra year tacked on to her college life, she began to cry.

Senior Accepted Into UMass Doctoral Program

Fri Jun 1, 2012

When Kimberly Jodoin '12 switched from an education major to a communication sciences and disorders major, she was told she would need to complete an extra academic year to fulfill her requirements. She was excited about her new major and anxious to begin her career, so when she heard the news of an extra year tacked on to her college life, she began to cry. She was worried she would feel left behind when her classmates graduated while she still had another 12 months to go. Now that she has completed her fifth year, and impressively exceeded her course requirements, she finds herself in tears once again. Only this time it's because she doesn't want to leave.

"It's such a close family here and I've made the best friends I've ever had in my life," Kimberly exclaimed.

Kimberly will miss the close connections she had with faculty and peers as she steps onto the much larger University of Massachusetts Amherst campus next year and begins working on her doctor of audiology degree. Kimberly's first experience with audiology, the study of hearing and balance disorders, came when she took a course called Hearing Science her junior year. "Most of the courses focus on speech and it was the first one I took that focused on hearing. It ended up being my favorite course and after taking it I knew that it was what I wanted to study," she said. 

In addition to the outstanding faculty, Kimberly credits her major's clinical requirement with preparing her for the competitive doctoral program. Each student is required to complete 200 hours: 100 clinical hours, 50 observation hours, and 50 community service hours in a clinical setting. Kimberly competed her clinical hours at Agawam Junior High School, where she provided direct services in the classroom, one-on-one therapy, diagnostic testing, and other services.

Kimberly chose UMass due to its reputation and proximity to her hometown of Pittsfield. The four-year program includes three years in the classroom and one year of residency. When she graduates, Kimberly plans on becoming a clinical audiologist.