Top Speech-Language Pathology Student Graduates Cum Laude
Ms Janelle Bricknell (22) graduated as the Discipline of Speech-Language Pathology’s Best Academic, Clinical and Community Practicals final-year student.
The 2011 Dux of Danville Park Girl’s High School said she did her best in tests and practicals but never with the specific goal of graduating cum laude, so the achievements had come as ‘a pleasant surprise’.
‘I am happy that the hard work paid off. I couldn’t have done this without the support of my family, the amazing friends I studied with, and dedicated lecturers,’ she said.
It was her Grade 11 work experience in the profession that inspired her to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. ‘I enjoyed it so much that I did more experience on my own during matric.’
‘The most important thing is to study something that is going to allow you to do what makes you happy,’ said Bricknell.
‘It’s now my goal to earn both my masters and a PhD. I’m enjoying working, especially in the area of childhood development.’
A devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who loves reading and spending time with family, Bricknell said it was important for young people to realise they had the opportunity to earn a degree and contribute something to the world.
‘I really enjoyed my student experience. My lecturers were so diligent and I’m grateful to the department for their dedication to us as students,’ she said.