“Speech-Language Pathology is my passion because it helps people with two vital functions: communicating and eating. Those are two extremely important aspects in forming relationships with other people. Every night I sit at the dinner table and eat and talk with my family. It brings us closer together. All I want is to help other people do the same thing. I was first introduced to the field of speech-language pathology in high school while tutoring a young girl with Autism. Having the opportunity to watch her speech-language pathologist help her was motivating. Also during high school, my new baby cousin was having trouble eating so I attending his feeding therapy sessions. Both of these experiences made me want to learn more about speech-language pathology. Through observation, I became very passionate about the field and wanted to help other people like my cousin or the girl I once tutored. After just completing my first semester of graduate school here at New York Medical College, I feel as if I have already gained so much knowledge. The student body at NYMC is amazing. I love the fact that everyone is collaborative and willing to lend a helping hand. The faculty is approachable, knowledgeable, supportive, and the opportunities are unlimited. I have already had so much clinical experience with a variety of populations. Honestly, NYMC was my dream graduate school and I so honored to be here because it allows me to pursue my dream close to home.”
Marisa Portanova is currently obtaining her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at NYMC School of Health Sciences and Practice & Institute of Public Health. When Marisa isn't in school or spending time with her family, she is spending time working with children. Her passion for working with children has drawn her to babysitting, and participating in children’s recreational activities. Marisa plans to own her own private Speech-Language Pathology practice one day.