We had the good fortune of connecting with Jada Augustine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jada, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work-life balance has been the biggest challenge. Running a nonprofit and working as a speech and language pathologist has given me a run for my money. It has changed for me tremendously as I started my NP in undergrad and continued it throughout grad school. But now, I am fully immersed in my career. The balance has also provided me with more structure and a chance to navigate better in my personal and professional life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am currently a Speech Pathologist CF-based in Houston, Texas. One thing that sets me apart is that I am not just going through my clinical fellowship; I am also maintaining my 501c3. My nonprofit is like my baby. I started it at 21 and this year I turn 26. It’s been with me through so much of my educational endeavors. Is it easy? Nah, lol, But is it worth it? Absolutely. I am so proud of how much support we have received before COVID, and after, it’s a fantastic feeling that I can’t explain. The fact that strangers believe in your NP and give back is so rewarding.
When it relates to my career, I am proud that I am a competent clinician that provides my students with the tools they need to communicate effectively in the therapy room and outside the therapy room. Speech Pathologists help individuals not only communicate but also help build confidence! Communication is the most vital aspect of human life. Sigh… Getting to where I am today has not been an easy feat. I would never take back my journey. It has made me the person I am today, and with those challenges, I can cultivate not only myself but others like me. When I look back, I do not regret any part of my story. The story is still being written, and I would not erase any previous chapters. I overcame many of my challenges by believing and tapping into my spiritual side, lots of prayers, and talks with God. One big lesson I have learned along the way is staying focused and disciplined. When you possess both of these attributes, the world is your oyster…cliche, but so valid. I want the world to know that Jada’s Got Your Backpack is a small NP that has been trying to bring awareness to my second home, lovely Belize. With the help of exposure and consistency, we have been doing our best with our mission.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many people deserve credit for my success. I have a great support system, and they are the greatest assets. Who am I without the love and solace of my support group? I am delighted that they have been on this journey with me, from the little strides to my ultimate wins.