Graduating Greyhounds 2015: Samantha Thompson

By Brigid Hamilton  |  Photos courtesy of Samantha Thompson, '15

Samantha and her mother, Ann Thompson.

Spotlight on

Samantha Thompson


Maplewood, New Jersey


Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Campus involvement

Studied abroad in Newcastle, England; member of NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language & Hearing Association)

Plans after graduation

Graduate school at Loyola University for a Master of Science in Speech Pathology

How I chose my path

Coming into college, I had no idea what I wanted to do… but I knew I really enjoyed working with people and hoped to something along those lines. My mother actually heard about speech pathology from a friend and told me to take a class in it to see how it was.

After my first intro class, I was hooked. I loved that this field is so broad and you can work with many different people in many different areas.

From then on, I observed therapy sessions and interned at two different speech camps. The hands-on experience made me realize how much I loved being able to make a difference in people’s livesand it’s what I hope to do in graduate school and beyond.

Favorite Loyola memory

I have so many memories from my time at Loyola, but what I have enjoyed most is meeting and spending time with people.

The professor who had the biggest impact on me and why

Dr. Lisa Schoenbrodt. Right at the end of the fall semester during my sophomore year, my mother passed away unexpectedly, and she is the teacher that I was with when I found out. When I returned to school in the spring, she made sure I was okay and knew that I could always talk to her. I then got involved in her research project and worked with her on that for junior and senior year.

Dr. Schoenbrodt inspired me to keep working hard in school, to do well, and to pursue graduate school. Losing my mom was one of the hardest things I’ve had to go through in my life. I didn’t know how I was going to be able to come back to school, but with the support of my family, friends, and teachers, I was able to get back on my feet and work towards my goal of going to graduate school.

My strong truth/how the Jesuit college experience shaped me

What I learned most from the Jesuit college experience is how important cura personalis is in all aspects of life. I really appreciated how the Jesuit college experience incorporated the community into our education and gave us service opportunities to get out in the community and have hands-on experience of what we were learning in the classroom.

Shout outs to…

My family, and especially my dad, for supporting me and always being there for me when I needed him.

My friends for making my college experience unforgettable, for making me laugh and keeping me sane through all the stressful times.

And all my amazing teachers, especially those in the speech-language pathology department, for inspiring me to pursue my goals

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