A Penn State Student at Speech and Language Pathologist

My name is Rachel Dimberio. I am a graduate student at Penn State studying to be a Speech and Language Pathologist.

I wanted to become an SLP after my uncle’s stroke in 2017. After his stroke, he was diagnosed with aphasia. While recovering from his stroke, he was across the country from my family. He was unable to talk with my parents or me because of his language difficulty. We had not heard much from him for months because he was not able to talk over the phone. After receiving therapy for his language difficulty, he could finally communicate with us over the phone. This was a miracle for both my uncle and my family. Because of the amazing work the SLP did to help my uncle improve his confidence and language, I was inspired and motivated to pursue speech and language pathology to help others like him. In the future, I hope to work with all age groups with language and speech difficulties. Seeing the impacts that speech therapy can make for everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, and race, makes me excited and motivated to enter this career.

I look forward to working with everyone at all stages and walks of life.