SLP back-up Goal Essay [+ a little randomness]

13 Dec

My day was OK.  I suppose I’m never happy satisfied at the end because there is always so much I want to accomplish and only so many hours (and energy) in which to do it.  I made it to work by 5:30AM and cheerfully hustled around until 10AM.  Though going in early like that makes me tired, I think of it as relatively easy money.  It’s time that I can clean, restock, care for the clinic cats, participate in patient care–and not have the social aspect that can drag me down.  Today, the social aspect was agreeable, but it’s the thing that has the potential to upset me most.

I don’t don’t where I was going with that.  I was writing to say I wish I outlined more of my Audiometry.  I did pinna 4do a LOT.  I’m not sure how much, because this time I’m taking a more skitzophrenic approach.  I have a hard time getting through an entire textbook in 1 month, and it’s impossible to guess which chapters the syllabus will address first.  So rather then going linear, or trying to guess the most important chapters, I’m writing headings, then defining, then reading and outlining until my brain gets tired.  That way I’m hitting a lot of chapters, at least familiarizing with most of them, and never getting too fatigued over one subject area.  I like it better.  And if I don’t finish–I’ll at least have skimmed most of the things.

I’m not very pleased that this left little time for future grad school application procedures or scholarship essays.  I have the weekend, and maybe I’ll put those up front more.  The scholarship app is due in a mere 2 weeks, so I need to really get a lot more serious about it.  Below, is one of the topics I’m going to work on.  Here’s a very rough outline of what I’m thinking about (in purple):

Oh, and I ran/hiked on the treadmill today, and that feels great.  If I’m not too sore I’ll do some tomorrow too.

-include vet observation & diagnostics

Talk about watching the equine endoscopies and how interesting the diagnostic processes were to me.  Also mention how I have taken, developed, and viewed radiographs for that last 13.5 years in small animal veterinary hospitals.

-why am I interested in this?

I’m interested in dysphhagia because it blends my love of cuisine with my compassion for others.  I love food and can’t imagine the joy that is sheared away if you were not able to enjoy eating or had a fear of choking.  I would enjoy using my creativity to come up with delicious, but practical foods for people who are having difficulty eating.
-who do I want to help?

I want to help any age person that is frustrated with changing their diet, eating a limited vareity of foods, or has a fear of eating things they enjoy because of their health.  Sharing my passion for food and coming up with meals the patient not only can adjust to, but is excited to eat are my career goals.

Key vocab words:

-multifarious-having many different parts, elements, forms; numerous & varied; highly diverse

-abate-reduce in amt degree sevrity

-anodyne-  something that calms/soothes pain

-ardor-intense & passionate feeling

Writing plan options to incorporate the above:

-Tell about the best meal of my life, at Elemental and how everyone should be able to enjoy food.

Everyone knows on your birthday you get a special meal of your choice.  I knew I would only live in a real city for one year of my life, so I chose a restaurant that embodied the Seattle mentality-Elemental.  The location was right off beautiful Lake Union.  Situated in a complex of condos, the restaurant was so nondescript, without even a sign that my dining companion and I had to ask the UPS driver where to go.  We entered the stark white room and lingered by the front door, not sure of the procedure.

After being asked about allergies, our first plate came looking like it had been prepared on The Food Network.  The portions were tiny, yet elegantly garnished.  The smells emanating from the dish ensured freshness of ingredients, the colors vibrant.  The textures were a varied tapestry of deliciousness, with crunchy sweetness, smooth richness, and fluffy tartness.

-Describe a special occasion and show how many holidays and events revolve around food.

What would Independence Day be without a bar-b-que?  The smell of the hotdogs, and bubbles against my tongue from a cold beer help make the occasion special.  

ribs, brats, hot dogs; beer

-Talk about my mom’s Indian fry bread and tacos and explain that food is often foundational to retaining culture.

snake dance 4I have enjoyed fry bread sopping with honey and butter since I can remember.  Unfortunately, because of all the poverty on the Flathead Reservation that contains my people, there is not a lot of Salish pride.  As a result, many of the traditions have been lost to assimilation and survivalist mentalities.  One stronghold on the culture, that remains is our food.  Early settlers may have forced Native Americans to burn their regalia, stop dancing, and neglect their language, but they could not take away our food.  The recipes were memorized, and handed down from tribal elders, to mothers, and now to me.  It is a link to my heritage that I would not want to imagine losing.  Thinking about a life where I could not partake in the sticky, fluffiness that is Indian Fry Bread seems bleak.  That is why I want to work with dysphagia patients–to help them retain and enjoy the foods central to their culture.


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