This is an Email that I received from one of my patients:
Hey Dr. Rich,
I thought I would share this essay with you that I wrote. I just wanted to say thanks for all the help and advice that you have given me! Have a great day!
Many college students report that the transition from high school to college can be challenging.
When I was young, I was faced with a challenge that many think they cannot overcome. At the age of four, I was diagnosed with a mild hearing loss, which was significant enough to qualify me for amplification. Because I was so young, I never knew exactly what was actually going on, I just knew that I was faced with something others do not have to live with. Just as kids had to explain why they were wearing glasses, I had to explain why I was wearing hearing aids. At such a young age, I was not exactly sure how to answer the question. As I grew older, I learned more about my condition, allowing me to answer the questions commonly asked. The more I was asked, the more I became interested in learning. The will to learn has not stopped, making what I want to study in college easy to determine.
When I enter college I want to pursue a career in Audiology. This decision was made after going through life learning bits and pieces about my condition. I have always admired my audiologist who was my “go to” when I had a question pertaining to my hearing. I developed a level of comfort-ability with my doctor, Dr. Richard Reikowski, Au.D, and grew to have a relationship with him that not everyone would understand. I look up to my audiologist and the work that he does and I can say with confidence that I want to pay it forward.
The passion that I have for my future career will give me the push I need to succeed in college.
“It’s a joy to see this young man grow from a child to a young adult, to inspire a future, to encourage, and to be a part of improving his quality of life. Thank you ever so much for allowing me to be apart of this. You will become a great Audiologist!”