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Danielle Manni and Mekenzie Heinle
Danielle Manni

Danielle Manni

3rd-Year Student

Hi everyone! My name is Danielle Manni and I’m a third-year student at the University Park campus from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My major is Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies.

Outside of my major, I currently serve as the president of Alpha Xi Delta, member of a THON committee, Sign Language Organization, NSSHLA, and Penn State Lyrical Line Dance Company. As for my career goals, I plan on attending graduate school directly after my four years here at Penn State to study speech-language pathology. My ultimate goal is to end up working in a NICU setting. One thing that I want to learn more about while I’m at Penn State is stuttering and its causes!

Mekenzie Heinle

Mekenzie Heinle

4th-Year Student

Hi! My name is Mekenzie Heinle and I am a fourth-year at Penn State University Park. I am originally from Pittsburgh and I am majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies.

In the future, I plan to continue on to graduate school to pursue my master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. My ultimate career goal is to become a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. On campus, I serve as the Vice President of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association, a member of Health and Human Development Ambassadors, Sign Language Organization, THON, Project BRIDGE, a research assistant in a CSD lab, and I work at State College Area School District with the ACRES project, and now, am one of the CSD Instagram Ambassadors!

This initiative highlight’s our Communication Sciences and Disorders major through the eyes of Danielle and Mekenzie. We encourage you to follow them, comment on posts, ask questions, and even offer to provide your own experience as a student.