Morgan Stephens, 2014 winner,
Fleming County High SchoolCaring and sharing
It was a banner day this past spring for Morgan Stephens, when she received her acceptance letter into the undergraduate Communication Sciences and Disorders program at University of Kentucky, among the 25 percent of applicants who won entry into the selective program.
This will put Stephens, a junior, onto her career pathway as a speech therapist or audiologist.
Morgan Stephens, a Fleming County High School graduate, proudly
displays her acceptance letter to University of Kentucky’s undergraduate
Communication Sciences and Disorders program. (Photo submitted)
At UK, Stephens co-teaches a class to help freshmen make the transition to college and last year was a peer mentor in her dorm, a Living Learning Program community for students with an interest in health care. Part of her duties was organizing community service projects for the students.
“I think it all stems back to what I feel my purpose is, what I want to be,” she said. “I want to be a health care professional because I love people and I want to help people. So I try to share that with other people and help them want to make a difference in their community and want to reach out and be a helping hand to somebody.”
The multitasking continues during the summer, when Stephens works with her dad on the family farm and continues to show cattle. “Trying to find a balance between that and school and all the other extracurriculars is just difficult, but I’ve been able to make it work,” she said.
Next year, Stephens will apply to graduate school. If she takes the audiology path, which she seems to be leaning toward, it will mean a doctoral program.
She took an introductory course in speech therapy last year that covered audiology. “The ear and the hearing part is something that always stuck with me, that I could remember easily and something I wanted to learn more about,” she said. Most students in her class want to be a speech therapist, Stephens said. “I’m kind of like the odd one out.”