Hello everyone! My name is Briana Freso, and I am a recent graduate of Teachers College with a Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. My degree will allow me to work as a Speech-Language Pathologist here in New York. I chose to be a Speech-Language Pathologist because I have always loved working with children. I wanted to do hands-on work that would have a permanent and meaningful impact on their lives. As a Guyanese-American, I have made it my passion to work with children from culturally diverse backgrounds to provide them with the best and most considerate care. Outside of being an SLP, I also have a line of natural hair and skin products. The journey to becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist has strengthened my skills as a business owner in countless ways. I am passionate about everything that I do, and look forward to the journey ahead!

Q: What have your classes been like online? What was the transition like?

I already had one online class this semester, so I was fairly adjusted to this distance learning experience. I am definitely an in-person learner. Being in an environment surrounded by my peers is most comfortable for me. At home, I set myself up to feel like I am in class. I think it helps me stay productive and allows me to remain focused. I also take a few minutes to review the lectures beforehand so that I am aware of what is going on before class starts.

Q: How are you staying connected with your professors? How are you staying connected with your classmates?

Email has been crucial at this time for interactions with my professors and peers. I appreciate that my professors have been very responsive and good at getting back to me in a timely manner.

Q: Have there been any unexpected benefits or interesting experiences?

Surprisingly, I have been enjoying the online lectures through Zoom. It feels a bit more personable, which I did not expect. My professors have been establishing a new rapport with us and have taken the time to get to know more about us, as well.

I think the best advice I would give to prospective students is to be as interactive as you can be. I believe that distance learning has the benefit of removing any hesitation or avoidance of social interaction. It lets you connect with your professors and higher-ups on a more level playing field, so to speak. I have gotten emails from my professors thanking me for being so engaged during the class throughout the chat. It’s important to remember that this is a new experience for them, as well. I think all students should be using this time to ask all the questions they were too hesitant to ask in class or simply never had the chance to!

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