Hello! My name is Sarah Haysley. I am currently an uprising 3rd year Eminence Fellow and Stamps Scholar studying Speech and Hearing Sciences with minors in Spanish and American Sign Language. While originally from Denver, Colorado, I am thankful to have found a home at The Ohio State University with its vibrant community and hunger for learning.
Initially, I discovered Speech and Hearing Sciences through my interaction with the Deaf community and my love for American Sign Language. These interests led me to a 6 week internship with Denver Hearing Specialists in my senior year of high school. There, I learned from three audiologists and a AuD graduate student about clinical work and vestibular testing. I also shadowed audiologists at community health fairs and audiologists specializing in cochlear implants. In other words, I got a little taste of everything in audiology and I LOVED every minute of it.
To this day, I am intentionally seeking out every opportunity to learn more because I find aural rehabilitation to be endlessly fascinating. Lucky for me, its a growing field that recognizes that there is still so much more to discover within aural anatomy and the latest technology. I cannot wait to be a part of these discoveries to improve language and hearing restoration as well as erase the controversies and stigmas surrounding hearing loss.
My values of community and service led me to Delight Ministries and to Cultivate Columbus. My empathetic and efficient communication allowed me to be the first contact as the Fellowship Leader for women joining Delight Ministries. My work helped Delight, an on-campus group of women seeking Christ-centered community, to grow from 30 members to 100+ members this semester. I was in charge of organizing small groups and facilitating communication between these groups. At Cultivate Columbus, an organization connecting OSU students with local groups striving to promote sustainability, nourishment, and food security to the community, I contributed to a Columbus City Schools project that was utilized by over 60 schools and 7,000 teachers schools to educate students on different careers in sustainability. I am currently helping to find donations for our developing gardens.
Using my rich knowledge and high-level experiences driven by this unending curiosity, I am in the process of compiling two resource books specific to Ohio facilities and policies regarding hearing support. This summer I will be working for Special Olympics Ohio to coordinate health and COVID guidelines and coach certifications and presentations for the athletic events. Then, in August, I will begin as a research assistant with the BabyTalk Project in the Otolaryngology Department of the College of Medicine at OSU.
Be sure to read my Year in Review for more of my story.