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SLPsingballs

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About SLPsingballs

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    Double Shot
  • Birthday June 4

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    Female
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    Los Angeles
  • Interests
    Coffee, science fiction books, singing classically, playing piano, beautiful landscapes, my family, eating delicious food, and wandering around getting lost.
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  • Program
    Speech-Language Pathology
  1. VENT: Yes, I would like some cheese with my whine (and some wine with my whine too!) Seriously. I. Hate. Packing. It has been about 105-110 F here in Los Angeles this weekend, and I'll be moving my whole family to Washington in approximately 10 days. Packing, children, heat, are just not fun right now. We had a yard sale this weekend, and I melted. Everything is stressful and scary, but I'm so soooooo thrilled to be headed toward a beautiful town that doesn't get as hot as 110 F in the summer; especially because I will be going to grad school (FINALLY) for SLP. Dreams and nightmares, all wrapped up together. Anyone else stressing over a major move? Anyone have any packing tips? Anyone want to pack all my stuff and drive it up the Pacific Coast for me (hah)? Or maybe take half my stuff and start some huge bonfire at the beach? That is all. VENT OVER.
  2. This should not be an issue if you kick butt in your classes as a transfer student. If you get all As and a B or two, your GPA should raise up even more and be acceptable. For me, I had a 2.4 GPA before I transferred to a university to finish my bachelor's. Yes, 2.4 (and that was after raising it a bit)!! I lived a different life when I was younger, and my GPA reflects upon my immaturity at the time. After I transferred, I received all As and one B (in Biology). So, my department GPA was a 4.0, and my last 60 GPA (which did include some of my previous grades, but fortunately only decent ones) was about a 3.9. It made my cumulative GPA drop down to a 3.1 at graduation, and CSDCAS calculated it to be a 2.97 (which screwed me for several of the schools I applied to). In the end, I was accepted to 4 schools (2 off the waitlist and 2 outright acceptances) and rejected by 6. About 3 of them did not even consider me because of my cumulative GPA. My best advice to you is to just get all As, especially in your department classes!! If you do that, nothing can stop you. Good luck, and don't give up! You're in such a better place than I was entering my upper division classes.
  3. Kudos to you, mama! School and pregnancy did not work for me. What job are you able to do full-time while in grad school with a 2 year old and pregnant? Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy and grad school!
  4. Soooooo, just for clarification, filling out the FAFSA is not enough to apply for a gradPLUS loan? I'm pretty sure I'll need to apply for one... Thanks!!
  5. I think it depends on the school. When I applied to schools on CSDCAS, they calculated my GPA slightly lower than some of my schools' minimums for GPA. For a few of those schools, it mattered and I was rejected without even being considered. However, after I emailed the schools that this might be an issue at and plead my case, a couple of the schools were very helpful. I was accepted at 2 of those schools. It didn't hurt that I have a 4.0 in CSD classes though (and 3.9 in last 60 units), as it reflected my current potential for grad school. Mostly, it was hard to know that I wasn't looked at by schools that I really wanted to get into because of a different way of calculating my GPA. I hope this is not the case for you, but just know there are many schools that will welcome your GPA with a strong GRE, SOP, LoR, experience, etc.
  6. Messaging you my email as well!! Thank you!
  7. I wanted to chime in here, but everything I'd say has been said by @Afternoonprogram and @Crimson Wife. Good luck?
  8. If you apply to CSUN, you can take the MAT (verbal only, or so I hear) instead of the GRE.
  9. I am married and I have two children that require plenty of attention. Being able to come home to my husband has been the most supportive experience. Do I miss him during the day while studying? Sometimes yes, but I know I am a much better person (and wife) when I go out and experience life for myself. If your husband works, you probably miss him anyways during the day. Is it hard? Incredibly so, but you get really good at balancing time. It's kids that make it soooooo much more difficult, not the husband part. But I know that my girls are watching Mama achieve her dreams; it is sooooo worth all the stress and heartache. Date nights are good, sitting down and eating meals together is good, just giving yourselves a minute to stop and appreciate each other is necessary. If you find yourself stuck in your own speechie-world, take a minute to plan a date around your schedule. Being loved is good. You'll be fine.
  10. I'm feeling the pain here. How do you get a place to rent to you if you have no job in the new state? Do you show them your loan info? I'm sure many of you are having parents cosign, but that is not an option for me. I've never moved without having a job waiting for me. I've also never moved out of state!
  11. The suspense is killing me!!
  12. I feel like I went through a roller coaster ride just to make a decision on a school. First, I was only accepted to a school on the opposite side of the country that had a program I loved with faculty that seemed fantastic and incredibly supportive. Then I looked into the cost of relocating my family that far to a place that we weren't sure if we wanted to settle down at after grad school, and the move alone would cost close to $10 grand plus we'd have no family even remotely nearby. I had to make the decision to give myself a gap-year over dragging my whole family that far (there was a bit more to it than that: political views, quality of diversity, etc). It was tough. Right before I sent my rejection letter, I was admitted to the graduate program at my undergrad, which sounded great because of the cost of tuition and no need to move my family. However, then I was taken off the waitlist at a school I have dreamed of going to (mostly due to the location), and it requires moving my family. But the move is to a location we want to stay at after graduation, a program that only lasts 2 years instead of 2.5-3 years, and not too far from familial support. Is it the cheapest option? No. But the move would be about half the cost of the one across country, and it seemed to have more positives. I didn't want to stay at my undergrad once I had that offer because I want to go to grad school somewhere I can stay after more than having to relocate again in 2-3 years (when my kids would be less adaptive to a move). I know, it's super messy and in the end it really didn't come down to the best program for me but more so the best choice for my whole family. I hope to never have to go through this process again.
  13. CONGRATS!!! You must be thrilled and relieved!!! (I know that's how I felt getting into WWU, a dream school for me).
  14. YOU DID IT!!!! Congrats!!!! You're on your way to becoming a speech-language pathologist.
  15. It is so tough to have to make a call like this!! (Don't get me wrong, I am THRILLED and grateful to have this sort of problem, and I am sure you are too). The GA position and in-state tuition sounds REAL nice!! Right when you think you've made up your mind, SLAM! Another great choice is offered. For us (my family), we have dreamed of moving to Washington (specifically Bellingham) for years so it's the location I find hard to turn down. Both schools seem like a good place for me to get a degree, although WWU has a smaller cohort (they actually HAVE a lock-step cohort system whereas at CSUN you just get whatever classes you get and hope for the best). We will be in quite a lot more debt, but we'd be living in a town still on the west coast (only a 7-8 hour drive from family, not 7 hour flight), and not just waiting two or three more years to find where we'll settle. We'd move our children now (they're ages 5 and 8 so they're still young enough for a move to not upset their world too much) instead of in 2.5-3 years when my oldest would be entering middle school (worst time). Although staying here in LA is cheaper tuition (huge), it is not where we want to be raising children.