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A day in the life of a speech pathology student


Shivani Vummidi is studying speech pathology and is interested in working with children when she graduates. For now, she’s busy working in the campus library as well as an ACU student ambassador while she studies. Here’s what her typical day at uni looks like.

6 – 7am

“When I first wake up in the morning, I try to squeeze in about an hour of study as I can focus well at this time. I like to look at my notes and work on my assignments.”

8 – 9.20am

“I take the train to uni and use this time to fit in some more study. My  journey takes over an hour, so I can usually get quite a bit done.”

9.20 – 10am

“When I get to campus, I’ll read through my lecture notes to get prepared for my upcoming class.”

10 – 11am 

“My classes start with an hour-long lecture. It’s actually a big video conference with all of the speech pathology students across the North Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane campuses. Once I got used to it, I really like this set-up. It’s always interesting to see what’s happening on the other campuses and for everyone to be learning the same things together.”

11am – 1pm

“We go straight into a tutorial after the lecture, which I like because everything is fresh in my mind. Our tutorials are more like a workshop and it’s interactive with lots of group discussion. We might do a roleplay and demonstrate techniques on each other, with one person acting as the clinician and the other as the client. I think you always learn more in a small class like this.”

1 – 1.30pm

“I like to have a break after the tutorial is finished and I’ll head to the cafeteria on campus to have lunch and just relax for a while.”

1.30 – 3.30pm

“After lunch I move to the library to work on my assignments. It’s a really good place to study as I have all the resources I need at hand. I’m often borrowing high-demand books and it’s easier to get everything done in the one place. I also work in the library on Sundays restocking the shelves and I’m an ACU student ambassador as well. I love having jobs on campus as both are very flexible and I can fit them in around my timetable.”

3.30 – 5pm

“I head home on the train at the end of the day and I usually do some more study. I like to go through what I just learnt in the day’s tutorial.” 

5 – 7pm

“I relax for about half an hour when I walk through the door and then I’ll start studying again. I’ll spend some time updating my lecture notes and re-reading and editing my reports. If I have any questions, I’ll post them in the group forum, which the speech pathology students across all campuses have access to.”

7 – 8pm

“I’ll have dinner and then hang out with my family and listen to music or we’ll watch TV together.”

8 – 10pm 

“If I have an assignment due, I’ll keep working until I’m too tired.”

Interested in a day like Shivani's? Find out more about where speech pathology can take you.

 

 

 

 

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Impact brings you compelling stories, inspiring research, and big ideas from ACU. It's about the impact we’re having on our communities, and our Mission in action. It’s a practical resource for career, life and study.

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