A Day in the Life of a Rush University Doctor Of Audiology Student Stephanie Pesa 3rd Year AuD Student I am currently taking 4 classes and attending approximately 16 hours of clinic each week of the quarter. The length of the class depends on the number of credit hours of the class. Each credit hour equals roughly one hour of class time. For example, my hearing conservation course is a 3 credit class that meets for 2 hours and 50 minutes. I study (including homework, reading and studying for exams/ quizzes) anywhere from 15 hours to 30 hours a week. Being in a hospital setting, I have had the opportunity to work with a very diverse population of patients. It is great experience as a student. I have seen some unique pathologies in audiology, which helps to set the Rush program apart. Currently, I am in clinic at least 16 hours a week. However, some weeks are very busy with patients and I may be in clinic longer. Every minute that I spend with patients I learn more. The clinicians are Rush faculty members, so they are constantly teaching us. Currently, I live with my family in Westchester, a western suburb, about 15 miles west of Chicago. Before that, I lived at Center Court Garden Apartments, which are right across the street from Rush University. I was just a few minutes away from my apartment, and I always walked to school. Now that I live in the suburbs, my commute to school by car can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on traffic. I love Chicago, because there is so much to do in the city. I like to go to the museums, festivals, ride my road bike on the Lake Shore Path, eat at the great restaurants, and hang out with my friends at the local bar and grills. When I need to unwind, I ride my road bike. I have introduced one of my fellow Rush AuD students to triathlons. Now, not only do we study together, but we train for our Triathlons together. After a long week of finals, we do find ways to unwind. Going to school in Chicago provides plenty of places to catch a bite and hang out. Over winter break last year, I traveled with another Rush AuD student to Buenos Aires, La Falda, and Cordoba, in Argentina for a Medical Mission. There we filled prescriptions and we performed otoscopy and hearing screenings on patients. It was an amazing experience. This year I am the president of National Association of Future Doctors of Audiology. The National Association of Future Doctors of Audiology (NAFDA) is a non-profit professional student organization dedicated to education, research, and networking in audiology. NAFDA has become an important student organization in Audiology, uniting audiology students from universities across the nation. This year at Rush we are focusing on the advancement of the awarnesss of Audiology throughout the community. Thanks for checking out a day in my life here at Rush University. If you have questions about the AuD program be sure to email me at … Stephanie_Pesa@rush.edu.