Honors Student Spotlight: Anna McGreevy
By Kala Allen-Dunn | Aug 30, 2022
Anna McGreevy is a sophomore Communication Disorders major from Louisville, Kentucky. She plans to pursue a master's degree in speech language pathology after graduation.
How did you choose your major?
Ever since I was little, I’ve loved singing and performing. As I grew, this love transformed into a curiosity of wanting to know how our voices work and allow us to communicate. In high school, one of my theatre mentors introduced me to the International Phonetic Alphabet, and I was immediately captivated. This is what led me to the field of speech language pathology!
Aside from studying, how do you spend your time?
I’m involved in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Racer Report (a podcast organization on campus), Honors Student Council, the Student Ambassadors program, and the theatre department. I also volunteer in the speech clinic and this past summer, I was on the Racer Nation Orientation team, which gave me the opportunity to welcome incoming students to Murray State. When I’m not actively participating in these extracurriculars, I love to spend my time reading, crafting, baking, or listening to music. I also enjoy hanging out with friends at the Arboretum, as well as singing and playing guitar.
Why did you choose Murray State?
I chose Murray State because as soon as I stepped foot on campus for my tour in April of my senior year, I felt at home. I immediately fell in love with the beautiful campus community and could envision myself spending the next four years there — studying in Waterfield, singing on the steps of Lovett, cheering at basketball games, walking to class with friends, and attending Honors Student Council meetings. I also liked the mid-size feel of campus. One of the admissions counselors described it the best when he said that everywhere you go on campus, you’ll see both new and familiar faces. This is what I wanted for my college experience: the chance to find a good group of friends but also constantly meet new people and be exposed to differing perspectives. The Honors College was also a big part of my decision. I could see that the Honors community was strong at Murray State, and I knew the program would challenge me throughout my four years.
Where did you choose to study abroad? Or, if you haven't studied abroad yet, where
would you like to go and why?
I haven’t studied abroad quite yet, but I would love to go to Ireland with the Communication Disorders program in March of 2023. The reason I want to participate in this program is because I think it would be really valuable for me to take part in as a future speech pathologist. I also believe it would be fascinating to be able to explore historical sites in Ireland as well as dive into the differences between Irish English and American English dialects, which is a key part of the experience.
What has been your favorite Honors class so far, and what did you like about it?
My favorite Honors class so far has been HON 165, the public speaking class I took my very first semester here at Murray State. I liked that this course really prepared me for the professional world. One of my favorite assignments was the elevator pitch, as it allowed me to craft something that I will be able to directly use in the future. Another one of our assignments, the team symposium, gave me an opportunity to practice working with a group to create a powerful presentation and taught me great PowerPoint skills!