Leroy Medrano is a graduate student in Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS). Having completed his undergraduate degree in HHS’ Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Medrano felt confident in the SLHS faculty, research opportunities and programs to continue his studies in the department. To Medrano, Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) offers a time to shine a light on the uniqueness of the Hispanic culture.
What made you choose HHS for graduate school?
I choose Purdue HHS for graduate school because there is so much interdisciplinary work involved, which I gladly advocate. I did my undergraduate here in HHS, so I was already familiar with some of the faculty and research, and so it was easier for me to make the transition from undergraduate to graduate programs, knowing that I already knew some of the faculty and have participated in some of the research as well.
What is your area of study, and why is it important?
My degree is in audiology, which is a clinical doctorate housed in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. This area of study is important because there is a growing number of people who have some sort of hearing disorder worldwide, and with the increase in the geriatric population, they are more prone to have hearing loss. Audiologists are very important in the holistic well-being of patients, pertaining to their hearing and balance.
What inspired your interest in this field?
My inspiration came from a clinical audiologist here at Purdue. During my freshman year, I was in an introduction to health professions class, and an audiologist from Purdue came to talk about her profession. I was very much intrigued, and I decided to shadow an audiologist at the clinic in Lyles-Porter Hall. I enjoyed what I saw, and I decided to focus on the field of audiology.
What is your proudest professional accomplishment so far?
My proudest professional accomplishment so far is getting accepted into graduate school at Purdue. My program in particular is very competitive, and so the offer was very much a weight off my shoulders and made me feel that all the work I did was not in vain.
What are your plans for after you graduate?
My plans as of now consist of working in a clinical or industry setting, but I have thought about getting a PhD as well.
What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?
Hispanic Heritage Month to me means that Hispanics get to be recognized, as our people have made great contributions to the U.S. The Hispanic culture is also more on display, as it is unique from the rest of the world. Many Hispanics come to the U.S. for a better life, and it is a nice thing to see that our culture doesn’t have to dissipate but that it can shine because this is the culture that cultivated and separated us from the rest of the world to be hard workers and connected to family.
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