Well everyone, it is legitimately OFFICIAL.
I. have. a. JOB...like a real job...like one where I will be doing speech pathology.
I will be the newest speech pathologist at a continuing care retirement community that encompasses everything from independent/assisted living, short stay-rehab services, skilled nursing and long-term care.
For those of you unfamiliar with what any of that means, it means I will essentially be working in a "nursing home/community" with geriatrics (my most beloved population). I am also lucky enough to have gotten a job where I had my summer internship, so I already know how much I will love working there.
When asked why I loved to work with geriatrics, I couldn't resist in all my interviews to mention that my first job was actually at a nursing home as a waitress. Funny where life takes you :) I can't wait for my days to include the cutely dressed (nothing tugs at my heart strings like an older man in suspenders), appreciative, overly-perfumed/hairsprayed, loving Grandmas/Grandpas that will need a little extra help remaining independent and making their "golden years" comfortable.
Now it's time to wait for my license to be approved and start my clinical fellowship year (CFY-- a fancy way of saying "a paid internship during which you learn all the things you couldn't learn while you were in school", such as documenting/billing/etc).
Then, sooner or later, I will officially be Lauren Hultman, M.S. CCC-SLP!!