By Desiree Williams
Megan Sopoci is a 2013 graduate of Fishers High School. Sopoci, 24, earned a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders with a minor in child and family studies from Northern Illinois University in May 2017, where she also was part of the gymnastics team. She is pursuing a master’s degree in speech pathology from Kent State University.
Q: What was your favorite subject and why?
A: English and art. Art, specifically ceramics, felt like an academic break that I was also passionate about. English was a strength for me. So, both art and English seemed to relieve stress during my school day.
Q: What were you involved in during high school?
A: The main thing that I was involved with in high school was gymnastics at DeVeaus’s (School of Gymnastics). I am very grateful for DeVeau’s because it played a large role in my achievement of competing in gymnastics in college.
Q: What do you miss about high school?
A: I miss the simplicity of everything. When I look back at high school, I miss the friendships and how stress-free academics were.
Q: Who has been your most influential teacher?
A: Mr. (Glenn) Seland because he taught with such passion, excitement and kindness. That definitely has influenced the way I interact with clients and students.
Q: Why did you choose speech and language pathology?
A: I was interested to work with children with all types of disabilities. Communication is such a powerful tool that many people take for granted. It is such a difficult yet rewarding job, but when you see a child improve in their communication skills, it is definitely worth the time and effort.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: To become a speech pathologist in a center that I enjoy, whether that’s in an elementary or specialized school, hospital or clinic. If I enjoy my work, then I will never work a day in my life.
Q: Do you have any advice for younger students?
A: Enjoy the little things because time goes quickly. Cherish relationships, never turn down an opportunity to make memories and don’t take people for granted.