I'll post mine... not saying that it is perfect by any means, but I was admitted! I think most people really struggle with this part of the app and I know that I realllllly wanted some more examples to read! It's hard to know where to start if you don't even know what one should look like.
My university also had a class about writing in the SLP field and we worked on our letters in that course (unfortunately I took this class after finishing my applications!). One thing I remember the teacher saying was to try to avoid writing about certain topics that most people write about, two mains one being studying abroad and wanting to work with children. So that info may be of some help to you! Good luck!
Unlike many applicants, I cannot say that I have always wanted to be a speech-language pathologist. When I entered my first year of college, my love for science and problem-solving led me to believe that I wanted to be a mechanical engineer. After a painful two semesters and a summer to reflect, I realized that engineering was not the field for me. With that also came the realization that I was completely unsure of what path to pursue.
For the next two years I worked full time and attended community college with the intent to fulfill my general education requirements and transfer to a four year school. When I was accepted as a transfer student to______________, I was elated but still unsure of what to study. During my orientation day, my advisor suggested that I take an introductory class for Communication Disorders as an elective. At the time, I had no knowledge of the field of Communication Disorders, but I still chose to enroll in the course, and I am so glad that I did.
One week into my first semester at________________, I changed my major to Communication Disorders. For the past three semesters I have been immersed in Communication Disorder courses and I have loved it. I have been enthralled by the process of language acquisition, puzzled by the details of the cranial nerves, and saddened but inspired by the stories of those living with fluency disorders. The courses I have taken have been both challenging and fulfilling and they have awakened a passion for learning that I am excited to expand upon during my time at graduate school.
Of course, my desire to pursue my Master’s degree goes beyond my will to learn more. I want to become a speech-language pathologist so that I can help to better the lives of others. As a speech-language pathologist, I intend to work with elderly patients. The time I have spent visiting my grandfather in the memory-care unit of an assisted living home has shown me the importance of implementing patience and kindness while working with elderly patients. The skills I have learned as an undergraduate student have already helped me to improve upon the approach I take to communicating with my grandfather, and I know that this experience will benefit me when I begin work as a speech-language pathologist.
I have had a very enriching experience studying Communication Disorders and that is why I am applying to the Master’s program at ___________. I am excited to broaden my knowledge about speech and language disorders, to learn about counseling clients and their families, and to receive experience in the field. I cannot wait to become a speech-language pathologist, and I hope that I will be able to take the next step and pursue my graduate degree at the ________________.