Alissa Olivo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in marketing and a certificate in public relations at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She moved to central Florida to begin a career and worked her way up the corporate ladder at a local bank from teller to business banker in less than four years. However, she was not completely satisfied and began researching master’s programs. “I realized that it was more important for me to feel like I was making a positive impact on others,” says Olivo. “Speech-Language Pathology would allow me to use my personal strengths and interests to help others improve their ability to communicate, a core need of all people.”
One of aspects of the program that Olivo appreciates most is the opportunity to delve into hands-on experience very quickly. She is also grateful for support of the professors in the program. During her time at UCF, Olivo worked on a project funded by SEDL and led by Professor Chad Nye that involved researching ways to assist adults with Asperger’s Syndrome find employment.
Olivo will graduate in summer 2014 and plans to work with children as a Speech-Language Pathologist in either the Orange County Public School System or in a private clinic. She would eventually like to open her own clinic.