I hope everyone is as excited for Halloween as I am! I love this time of year, even though it seems like October is always really busy!
Last week, a group that I am a part of had a big fundraiser, called Beers for Brains. A little bit of a back story: Last year I switched my major from Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, to Linguistics, and then I added a double major in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. This year, I wanted to get more involved with my majors, and so I joined the group on campus called NSSLHA, which stands for the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. It is a huge organization that is very well respected in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Science community around the country. It is an organization with a dual board system, one of undergraduate students in the field and one of graduate students in the field. Even though I just joined this year, things seemed to fall into place, and I ended up running for the position of Vice President of the undergraduate board! Since then, I have loved getting to know more people in my field and making connections with other students and faculty in the department.
One of the main goals of NSSLHA is to raise money for different organizations that help with speech and language disorders. Last week, we had our first big fundraiser of the academic school year, called Beers for Brains. It was planned by the graduate Vice President of NSSLHA, and it was a huge success! The fundraiser took place at Avery Brewing Company on the other side of Boulder. At the fundraiser, people paid $5 to enter, which entered them in our door prize raffle, and then they were able to participate in a silent auction for a ton of items and gift cards donated by companies from all over Boulder and Denver. People who were of age could also purchase beer, and 100% of the proceeds were donated to our the fundraiser! The money that we raised will be donated to the Speech Clinic here at CU, and a group called Brain Buddy. Brain Buddy is a non-profit organization that helps fund research for people who suffer from aphasia, a condition that impairs the abilities to read, write, speak, and hear. I am so happy that the event was so successful and that I found a major and field that I am passionate about!
I also went to our Homecoming football game this past weekend, and although we lost, it was still a lot of fun! I got some cool pictures of the stadium before the game and of Ralphie Running!