to Know a Griffin - Christina Castronovo
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Brooklyn, New York
Playing on my iPod:
More by Usher or Forget You by Cee Lo Green
NYC: Times Square
To work as a school speech-language pathologist and
providing homecare therapy. Ultimately, I would love to open my own
MMC and Me
Why did you choose
come to Marymount Manhattan?
I chose to come to Marymount Manhattan for several reasons. First, I
wanted to stay close to home, yet still be independent. Second,
Marymount Manhattan is a small, powerful college and the small class
sizes allow me to be me, and not a number like most often found in big
universities. And most importantly, I chose Marymount because of the
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major. The program is intimate
and I get the attention I need to succeed. I am able to work
in The Ruth Smadbeck Communication and Learning Center, a professional
clinic located on campus. To have a clinic on campus that I can work in
as an undergraduate student is a surreal experience. Here at
Marymount, I am open to so many wonderful opportunities that set me
above the rest of the college's and universities in Manhattan.
What activities do
participate in at MMC?
I participate in several activities and clubs here at MMC. I was
recently inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the Education Honors Society,
and appointed to be in charge of the Speech Committee within Kappa
Delta Pi. I serve as the secretary for Marymount's National
Student Speech Language Hearing Association Chapter (Speech
Club). This past semester, I was chosen to present in
Marymount's Honors Day on findings I found while doing lab work in my
Speech Science course. It was an awesome and prestigious honor. I am
also the Assistant to Dr. Signorelli, the Clinic Director on campus.
Dr. Signorelli and I will be conducting research next semester in hopes
of presenting at the ASHA convention in the Fall, which is super
exciting! Since freshman year I have been a part of Leadership Scholars
here on campus. As a Leadership Scholar, participate in recruitment
events for new students like Open House and Admitted Student Day.
What has been your favorite class taken at the college? Why?
It is hard to choose one favorite class
that I have taken at Marymount, as I have enjoyed every class in some
way. But if I have to narrow it down I would say, Phonetics,
with Dr. Susan Behrens has been my favorite course. Dr. Behrens is an
awesome, fun-loving professor who makes every class she teaches fun and
exciting. Phonetics was one of the first speech classes I took in my
freshman year. I loved learning the International Phonetic Alphabet. As
my semester project, I participated in a Community Service Learning
Project with Grace Institute. I was partnered up with a Spanish
speaking woman whom I had to meet with and transcribe in this new
alphabet I had learned. It was such a great experience. I would say
since it was my first dip into the Speech Pathology Major that
Phonetics was my favorite class!
Do you have a
memory from your time here so far?
There are so many memories I have since
being at Marymount for the past two years. My favorite memory is
probably meeting my wonderful new speech "family." It is exciting to
come to school knowing that you get to spend your day with genuine,
kind, and fun people who share the same passion as you. I have made so
many unforgettable friendships while being here and the memories I have
shared with them have definitely been my favorite.