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About Elska

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    2017 Fall
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    Speech-Language Pathology

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  1. The biggest factor for me was cost, followed by what each program offered me in their curriculum. Location wasn't too much of a worry, as I had applied to two local schools and a school that my boyfriend was near. Based on these priorities, my undergrad school was my "top" school, as well as the closest one. Once the acceptances came in, I took a closer look at what each program had to offer, and decided that the other programs didn't have features that made extra tuition/COL/longer commute worth it. Even after deciding, sending rejection emails to the other schools was still super hard!
  2. Congrats!!! Now you have quite the decision to make! And in only 24 hours too
  3. Adding on, Fullerton requires three, and confirming again that Long Beach requires none.
  4. I agree with all the above! Especially the advice to start early! Each of my schools required different lengths, but the content they wanted covered was very similar, so I began with a general SOP, and after rewriting and reworking it, I worked it into the longest SOP, along with additional information and examples about my experiences, as well as adding a sentence directed specifically to the school. Then I took that SOP, deleted the school specific sentence, and revised/cut material out until I was within the word limit for the next school's SOP. Then I reworked the essay so I could fit the school specific sentence. Then my last one, same thing, except I was so limited on word count that I couldn't include any school specific things. Admittedly, I probably should have personalized the essay more than just a sentence, but I used that sentence to mention certain professors by name, as well as talk about why their specialty or a program they developed would help me to achieve my career goals. I agree to narrowing down your experiences to your strongest ones, and really show your passion through how you describe them and what you've learned or gained from them. For me personally, I found it better to write in more of a story format rather than a formal essay. Sometimes, grad committees would rather read a story too -- a professor whom I had asked for advice about how my essay should be stylistically told me he prefers a story because it allows for you to better describe who you are (outside your GPA and GRE scores) and also why you care about people. He ended up being on the grad committee for my school this year. Of course every school is different, so play around with different styles until you hit what you feel is your strongest SOP. Speaking of professors, seek out their advice if you're still in school! Ask them for pointers, or see if they'd be willing to look over your SOP. They'll offer you constructive criticism and you'll get a chance to test run your paper on people who have potentially been on a committee. Even if you don't, it's always good to get other people to look it over it and hear different perspectives and opinions. One piece of feedback that I personally got was to make my future goals paragraph stronger, and honestly, that helped to take my essay to the next level. Good luck!
  5. Second this! I'm a part-time aide at a special needs preschool. I've developed good relationships with the SLPs who were assigned to my classrooms and have had opportunities during work and my own free time to observe them. The job also gave me exposure to several rare and unusual syndromes and disorders, and I think that also helped make my resume stand out too.
  6. Thank you!!! It's definitely still a possibility!
  7. I picked Cal State Fullerton! It's my undergraduate university, closest to my home, and the least expensive option. I liked already having a feel for the university's expectations by knowing the campus, professors, clinic, multicultural emphasis, some current graduate students, etc. It also doesn't hurt that I get to keep my job, at least for now. As far as the program goes, I was excited to learn that there's enough Ph.D.-leveled faculty to have all specialty areas covered, that it required the most clinicals of my options and had them both on and off campus, and that you can pick your school district for public school placement. What also sealed the deal for me was observing the calm vibe in the clinic workroom and seeing how focused yet relaxed the graduate students were. It was tough letting go of my other choices, especially CU Boulder, but I'm excited to begin this Fall! Good luck to those still deciding on their school!
  8. Yes, she calls from her personal phone.
  9. I'm not going to agree or defend, because I simply wanted to say that program itself is of good quality. I get that it leaves a bad taste in your mouth when the point of contact is not a good one (one of schools I applied to was the same way), but since much of the experiences given online in the forums about CSUF's program are centered around Dr. Tsao and not really the program itself, I felt it was fair to at least mention that there is some good about the program. I really am sorry that your experience with her wasn't the best. I'm not trying to invalidate it or say that you are the only one to have it, but I really did want to balance out a negative experience with a positive one about the program itself that not only I experienced by going through undergrad with this faculty, but also by the current grad students I talked to.
  10. I can only speak for Fullerton and Long Beach, but you send letters to Fullerton through CSDCAS and Long Beach doesn't require letters.
  11. I know, and I'm sad that Fullerton has an overall negative reputation online because of her when as far as quality goes, it's pretty good. My friends who have her as a professor love her as a person, so perhaps she needs to warm up to and get to know people first.
  12. Hmm... CSUF Pros: I already go there, so I know the campus, clinic, staff, and already have a feel for the school. Inexpensive and local. Consistent positive feedback from current grad students and SLP alum. Grad students in the clinic seemed very relaxed and very supportive of each other. Can pick your school district for placement. 7 clinics, plus they are in the process of adding new specialty clinics. 10 full-time Ph.D staff, all specialty areas are covered. Study abroad opportunity. I know all the CSUF students that also got in, so chances are good that I will know at least some of my peers. Scheduling flexibility -- can go part-time or take off summers or a take a semester off if needed. Cons Missing out on the opportunity to experience a new school. Program is going though some changes -- staff retirement, transitioning from paper records to digital for the upcoming year, etc. Overall nothing glaring, I've been getting extremely positive feedback. Longer program than other schools -- 2.5-3 years CSULB Pros: I can't really say too much, but the campus was nice and the staff was very kind during the interview. Tuition is roughly the same as CSUF. Multicultural emphasis, like CSUF, however, you are required a certain amount of hours working with a translator or with a client in your second language. 2 year program. Cons: No one around here knows much about the program, so I can't get a good read on it, but what few things I have heard about the program isn't too good. Not as close to me as CSUF. CU Boulder Pros Highest ranking school I got into New experience A research-oriented university, as opposed to CSUF, a teaching-oriented university -- different experience Beautiful location Cohort-model - last year's class' full 2 year program curriculum is available online. 2 year program. Cons Move to a new state. Never been to the campus in person, and I can't make it unless I go after April 15th. I'd have to commit before seeing the program and interacting with the professors, current grad students, and potential peers. Expensive, double of CSU's tuition. Haven't been able to message/talk to people who know or are in the program, so don't know too much about how people feel about it.
  13. I'm at CSUF too. Anyways, just to echo everyone else, I informally asked my professors at the end of last Spring semester, because I knew certain professors had limits as to how many they wrote per application cycle. Then when Fall came around, depending on if I could see the professor in person or not, I'd either talk to them again or send a nice email about it. Both were very nice about it and kept their word for writing my letter of recs. One of them asked for an academic resume, the other just informally asked me what schools I'd be applying to. Definitely have your letter of intent on hand as well just in case they ask for it! You never know what a professor will ask for
  14. While it's definitely in your right have reservations, I just wanted to say in defense of the program itself, the rest of the faculty is not like Dr. Tsao. She's truly one-of-a-kind. But in all seriousness, all the professors I've had that also teach at the graduate level are awesome, and the grad students I've talked to love the program and seem to genuinely be enjoying it.
  15. Last year, they just posted a generic rejection letter on their website. I also read that due to the amount of apps they receive, they don't send out rejection emails. Last year, their letter said "As of May 5th, 2016...", so I'm assuming they probably uploaded the letter on or around that date. The letter is still uploaded on the website if you want to find where to look if you don't get called.