Melissa Manning is a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In her three years there so far, she has been pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She aspires to become a
speech-language pathologist who works with children in a school system or with those who are diagnosed with a voice disorder or Parkinson’s disease. She is interested in using music therapy and AAC as tools to help her future clients and hopes she can bridge the gap between speech-language pathologists and music therapists in the years to come.
Outside of the classroom, Melissa is an active member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed community service fraternity, at her university. She recently served as her chapter’s administrative vice president and historian. Her favorite aspect of being part of her chapter is gaining the opportunities to volunteer within a variety of settings in the nearby community. Her favorite projects so far include collecting clothing for Big Brother Big Sister at the Boston Marathon, serving coffee at the Freedom Cafe, and teaching merit badges to Boy Scouts at her chapter’s Merit Badge University. Melissa has also been a writer for Her Campus – UMass Amherst and an actress with the UMass Theatre Guild.
Music is a huge part of Melissa’s life. She sang her first solo in a school concert in the fourth grade and learned to play the flute when she was in fifth grade. Her musical training continued all throughout middle and high school and she channeled her talents through activities such as marching band, chamber choir, and musical theatre. She listens to just about every type of music, although her favorite genres include classic rock, alternative rock, pop and country. Along with music, Melissa loves a good book or movie and is addicted to her morning cup of coffee to start her day.
When she’s not at school, Melissa resides in northern New Jersey and lives with her parents, her younger brother Michael, and her dog Buster.
Melissa created this blog as a personal project for her internship and hopes to use it in her senior year to reflect on what she has learned through her Comm Dis classes and as a college student. In the future, she hopes to use this website to document her journey through graduate school and beyond.