My youngest sister received speech therapy once every six weeks, when an SLP flew into Wheelus Air Force base at Tripoli, Libya. As the oldest of four, I was drafted to help with my sister's speech therapy "homework" and thus, at the age of fourteen, I chose my future profession. I pictured a life providing therapy to children who needed to correct their articulation and grammar, and loved the idea that I would only work with small groups because I was very nervous about speaking in front of crowds. Now I teach large classes every week, and speak to groups of 1,000 or more in venues like the opening session at the ASHA 2009 convention. But working directly with the kids is still my favorite part. Oh, the places you'll go when you find your niche!