Senior Abi Meneuy’s education extends beyond the classrooms of the University of Northern Iowa. It includes participation in off-campus jobs and student organizations.
“I’ve been able to get involved with programs on campus and be a good influence in those programs,” said Meneuy. “The people are just amazing that you meet through that.”
The Communicative Disorders major works as a community trainer at Goodwill, working with people with intellectual disabilities with day-to-day living activities. That position led to her supervising a cleaning crew made up of individuals who have intellectual and behavioral disabilities, giving them a chance to have a job and make a better life for themselves.
In addition, Meneuy serves as the vice president of Best Buddies and is part of the American Sign Language Club, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and Senior Minds -- all activities that work with a variety of people and prepare a future career as a speech pathologist.
Her experiences outside the classroom led her to pursue her future career.
“I really wanted to work with kids, and I started a new job where I was working with individuals with intellectual disabilities” Meneuy said. “That geared me more towards Speech Pathology because I am able to work with a variety of different people. I want to work with a variety of people.”
Meneuy, a recipient of the Roy J. Carver Scholarship, would not be able to enhance her education through different opportunities outside of the walls of a classroom without the support of scholarships.
“Sometimes, I don’t think that people who give realize how important their giving is,” said Meneuy. “Without this scholarship, I don’t know if I would have wanted to come to UNI. I am so grateful for the person who provided my scholarship and gave me the opportunity to pursue my career and succeed.”
The Fairbanks, Iowa, native’s education will not stop when she earns her degree from UNI, as she plans to pursue a graduate degree – hopefully from UNI.
“I really ultimately want to do the graduate program at UNI.” Meneuy said. “I want to live around this area, so I already have an in with the type of people I could be working with or in the areas I could specialize in.”
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