Class of 2018: Jesus Gomez

Originally from Lima, Peru, Jesus is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Speech Communication Disorders.



How did your journey bring you to Curry?

I remember being a first year and having a hard time finding something that I had a passion in. I liked what I was learning, but it wasn’t the right fit. I remember going to a Curry interest meeting where I talked to Dr. Loncke for the first time. He talked to me about the possibilities that were offered in Curry and I became very excited. Dr. Loncke was so welcoming and friendly that it made me feel like I was part of something much bigger than just academics. I felt that for the first time I really fit in.


What is the most significant thing that has shaped your time while you've been here?

​I think the most significant thing that has shaped me is getting to know the faculty. Being able to talk with and not be afraid to ask questions to professors is something that has really shaped me as a person. Prior to Curry, I think that I always had an easy time with talking to people. However, being at Curry has taught me how to make meaningful connections with people and really get to know someone. The conversations and connections that I have been able to make with some of the faculty have really helped me develop myself as a student and as a future professional. I really feel that even after I graduate, I will have a great support system from the faculty that are so willing to help me.


If you can, name one person at Curry who has made a special impact during your studies and how?

I think one of the professors that has had the greatest impact on me is Dr. Kristin Roush. I remember coming to Dr. Roush during a time that was difficult for me, when my future was very much in the air. I really feel from the moment that I met Dr. Roush, she believed in me even though I had just met her and had not even taken her class yet. I can recall very vividly coming into her office and being so afraid of my future. From the moment we spoke, there was never any doubt or hesitation in what she was saying to me. She believed that I could accomplish my goal of being an Audiologist. I feel that I will forever be thankful for her contribution to my professional career. She has gone above and beyond to be an advocate and mentor to me. I think that it was her belief in me that has gotten me where I am today.


What is one thing you learned here that surprised you?

Professors are not scary! They are regular people who actually want to talk to their students. It’s really true, a lot of people don’t take advantage of this opportunity but I think that it is a valuable resource that students should take advantage of.


What will you be doing next? 

I will be attending the University of Tennessee in the fall to begin my doctoral degree in Audiology.