So this is the new year

It’s hard to believe that it has been well over a month since the last CoRP blog! Hello again, everyone. I hope you all had a great holiday season and were able to relax as much as I was! My break was a necessary reprieve from the stresses of grad school – although it feels like it ended way too soon. This past week, everyone at Marshall was back to work; honestly, it felt as if I had never left. Sticking with that mentality of jumping right back in, CoRP met for the first time this past Friday. 

We had quite the packed room for our first meeting which consisted of many familiar faces and well as some new members that stopped by to see what our group is all about. It’s funny to think that I was in that position back in August. It certainly feels like I’ve been in CoRP for much longer! That level of comfort in such a large group is special – especially for it to happen so quickly. Our meeting was structured around introducing ourselves and our projects to everyone in the group. This is a great way for new members to see and hear about all the possible studies they could get involved with. Following an introductory period, we split into smaller “interest groups” to have more focal conversations about our studies and projects. These topics ranged from neurology-related studies, studies on discourse in Appalachia and studies related to school-aged child language and discourse. However, many of our members have a great deal of knowledge in other areas (voice, for example) so the possibilities for new studies in new topics are virtually unlimited.

So that’s all for this week. However, before I leave, I want to give a quick overview of what to expect from this blog this semester. One thing that I wanted to incorporate more consistently last semester is pictures taken during our meetings. Rest assured, I will be much more consistent with that this semester. Starting next week, expect to see a few pictures of our group each week! Other than that, things should stay relatively similar to next week.

Our group meets on Fridays at 9:00 am in room 113 on the first floor of Smith Hall. Please stop by if you’re interested in participating in a study or just absorbing tons of knowledge relevant to the field of speech-language pathology! We would love to have you – and the breakfasts are always great! As always, thanks for reading and have a great week!