Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) is more than a career path for Eleanor Deeg ’25, M’26—it’s a passion nurtured by personal experiences and a deep-rooted desire to make a difference in people’s lives. Deeg’s journey into this field was inspired by her three younger brothers, each navigating their unique speech therapy journeys while growing up. Those moments spent witnessing their therapy sessions ignited a spark, propelling Deeg’s interest in the multifaceted world of SLP.

As Deeg delved deeper into understanding Speech-Language Pathology, the vast spectrum of settings and age groups that SLPs cater to fascinated her. Choosing Lebanon Valley College for her academic pursuit was a conscious decision driven by LVC’s unwavering support and an accelerated program that allowed her to pursue a double major in speech-language pathology and Spanish. The flexibility to engage in community programs, study abroad, and the remarkable support from the SLP program at LVC made it an ideal platform to nurture Deeg’s aspirations.

“My involvement in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) at LVC became an integral part of my academic journey,” Deeg said. Starting as a member and progressing to become the vice president of the LVC chapter, Deeg contributed to achieving LVC’s chapter’s national affiliation. This experience exposed her to the broader scope of NSSLHA’s initiatives, leading her to apply for and become a Student State Officer (SSO) for National NSSLHA—an opportunity she wholeheartedly embraced.

Deeg’s objective on the national board is clear—to evolve into a professional SLP equipped to support fellow Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) students while providing top-notch service to clients and their families. NSSLHA’s diverse array of topics, primarily focusing on deficits within the field, captivates Deeg’s interest. She is driven to explore how we can empower current and future SLPs to enhance their community service and elevate the quality of care they offer.

Serving on the National Board has widened Deeg’s perspective. “Collaborating with other SLP student representatives, I engage in discussions identifying strengths and areas for improvement within state SLP/AuD program, “she said. “This opportunity allows me to bridge the gap between the national landscape and the needs of programs in Pennsylvania, enabling me to implement strategies that positively impact our local SLP program.”

Deeg said, it’s crucial to dispel the misconception that SLP is solely about play therapy with children. The field encompasses a vast spectrum, addressing issues related to the brain, voice, swallowing, and more, catering to individuals from birth through end-of-life care.

“My aspirations post-graduation lean towards working in a medical setting, focusing on NICU babies or geriatric patients, specializing in cognitive and swallowing treatments within hospitals or skilled nursing facilities,” said Deeg.

Deeg’s journey into Speech-Language Pathology isn’t just a career choice; it’s a commitment to advocacy, service, and continuous learning. With each step forward, she is determined to contribute meaningfully to this diverse and impactful field, striving to make a difference in the lives of those in need.