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Jennylee Diaz recently received her B.A. from the Department of English during Spring 2013 commencement. Her deep interest in languages and literature led her to pursue a double-major in English and Asian Studies, with a Japanese language concentration. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated summa cum laude with a 3.95 GPA.

Diaz describes her experience as an undergraduate student: “My experience taught me new, valuable perspectives on matters of society, politics, history, gender, and language that have changed the ways in which I view the world. I have nothing but excellent things to say about my professors in the Department – they taught me to deconstruct, question, and challenge what is “normal” while bringing the material to life in enthusiastic and innovative ways. Undoubtedly, I have graduated from FIU English with the necessary skills to consider and analyze social issues through informed lenses.”

Her interest in Speech-Language Pathology stemmed from her exposure to linguistics courses through the major’s electives as well as the formal Linguistics certificate. After taking “Applied Phonetics,” she came to the realization that her interest in language and communication, as well as her desire to work with the public, culminated in this field.

Diaz plans to pursue a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, where she hopes to work with adults in both voices and acquired neurogenic disorders. Afterward, she is strongly considering doctoral studies in rehabilitation science or speech-language pathology to better prepare for research and service in the field.