Meet a Shocker: Corri Newman


Corri Newman is senior communications sciences and disorders major in the College of Health Professions and a member of the WSU Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (WSUSSLHA) and serves as its NSSLHA chair. After she graduates, she plans to attend graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist.

Corri is one of more than 2,200 students eligible for spring 2023 graduation. Learn more about her time at Wichita State and what's next for the grad.


Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, but I consider Wichita my other hometown.


Bachelor of Arts in communication sciences and disorders

What made you want to attend Wichita State?

I chose Wichita State because it has an excellent communication sciences and disorders department, great professors and a beautiful campus.

How are you feeling leading up to graduation?

I feel as if I’ve been running a marathon and I can see the finish line. It’s very exciting and rewarding.

What has been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge was getting into graduate school. I overcame this challenge by really stepping outside my comfort zone. For example, I took on the task of doing something I’ve never done before – creating a documentary about the Kansas Honor Flight.

I also joined the WSUSSLHA executive team and took on the role of NSSLHA chair. Lastly, I was approached by Dr. Erin O’Bryan to participate in a collaborative research project with our local VA. I believe all these activities helped me get into graduate school.

What has been your most helpful learning experience at Wichita State?

I don’t know if I can pinpoint one experience. Everything about my time at Wichita State has been a great learning experience. I feel as if I’ve grown exponentially as a student and as a person these last two years at WSU.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to take the summer off. I will work part time as a massage therapist at Hand and Stone Spa, and I plan to spend quality time with my 14-year-old son. In the fall I will start my journey to becoming a speech-language pathologist at Wichita State.

What advice would you give other Wichita State students?

My advice would be to step outside of your comfort zone and participate in activities that you’re not comfortable with. This is where you’ll see enormous amounts of growth within yourself.

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