Rebecca DeCarlo ‘16 studied linguistics at University of California, Berkeley but it was an internship working with an aphasia support group at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Martinez that solidified her passion for speech-language pathology. She chose Pacific because of the School’s outstanding faculty and students and family-friendly environment. “Every time I visited [everyone]…seemed so happy and proud to be there,” said DeCarlo. She also was impressed by the opportunities for clinical experiences.
She has high hopes for her future career. “I plan to make aphasia awareness a personal mission and hope to start a group for patients and their families,” said DeCarlo. She would like to contribute to the well-being of her community through organizations like the Veterans Affairs Hospital.
Originally from Bakersfield, Calif., DeCarlo tried several career paths before deciding to become a speech-language pathologist. She worked in a New York City diner, managed a men’s salon at Saks Fifth Avenue and worked as a personal assistant and then as an esthetician. DeCarlo loves to travel and in her free time, enjoys cooking her favorite Italian dessert, panna cotta, for friends and family. She also is a collector of vintage, foreign language grammar books. One of her prized possessions is a 1938 Latin text book she found in New Orleans.
By Matthew Muller '14