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SpeechLaedy last won the day on April 20

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  1. ALL the cunys shot me down with the quickness. But then again, I think I could've gotten at least an interview with Lehman if my statement of purpose had included my experience learning from the director of the program there when she was employed at Queens College. I didn't add anything about her or say anything I wanted to say due to time constraints. But ah well. I'd say to check out the typically accepted GRE scores at the specific CUNYs you're interested in on ASHA's Edfind to see if you're in the range. If you really want to get in one of them, you may want to make sure you're at the top of these ranges and possibly retake it. $200 is a lot to take out each time to retake, but at least in the long run, if you get into a CUNY, the amount you will pay as opposed to a private college will be much less. All the best!!
  2. Ah okay so that is the main difference then. Thanks!!
  3. Yeah I saw the small diff in interest rate before. I guess the biggest difference is the amount they give you then. Hmm. Thanks!
  4. Anyone know the difference between the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Fed Direct Grad PLUS Loan?? I've been researching and trying to understand the difference but I don't recall seeing much difference 😕
  5. I bought a roller bag for that exact reason. Best thing I ever did for my back. https://www.amazon.com/Kensington-K62533US-Contour-Notebook-Notebooks/dp/B0011YAOBE/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1498185126&sr=8-10&keywords=roller+bags
  6. Use GreenlightTestPrep!!! Same people who do the Magoosh videos give you the same videos but they are FREE!! And they are very responsive on their website GreenlightTestPrep.com. I highly recommend it. Definitely helped me a lot. And also, see if you can practice with someone to prepare for interviews. Research how people with anxiety deal with interviews and see if anything others have done may be able to help you as well. Don't give up! I went to school and got my bachelors in 2015 in Psychology as well! And just like you, I did my prerequisites right after, and finished after a year. I always had experience working with children, but you may be surprised how much of your experience can relate the the SLP field! You need people skills, the abilities to build a rapport with individuals - whether children or adults (or both!), and so much more. Sounds to me like you need to write a knockout personal statement. Talk to your professors and definitely keep in touch with them throughout this process becaize they will be integral in helping you figure out how you can better market yourself as a graduate school candidate. Meet with a few of them and ask what they think colleges are looking for in a personal statement and once you have written one, go back to them and ask how you can make improvements. Go to the wiring center at your school and have them check it too! I had 6 or so people check each of my SOP for each school before I sent them in. Definitely don't be discouraged though! My GRE stats were low (Q: 141, V: 152, AW: 3.5) and I got accepted into a school. You just need one! Just keep in mind that if you have below a 4.0 on your AW section, you may have to write an essay at the interviews as well. I live in NY and applied to schools here so if you have any questions, feel free to message me. I would really suggest working on getting great letters of recommendation (make sure you meet with the professors to discuss it, don't just ask if they can write it), writing a great SOP, and really working on your interview skills because if you land an interview.. you're definitely going to want to make yourself shine! You have some time to work on all of these things so don't sell yourself short, you can do it! I'm not sure whether you should try to get a more related job or volunteer experience or not though since I'm not sure what your work entails. What do you do as a home visitor? And what other types of jobs do you have on your resume (if you don't mind me asking)?
  7. Ugh. I was afraid of that. I don't follow what's going on in politics at all so I wouldn't have known. Thank you for that info!
  8. For the Teacher Loan Forgiveness, are we as future SLPs with TSSLD (required here in NY) eligible for the full $17,500 in loan forgiveness or just $5,000? This is what it says on the studentaid.gov website: Service Beginning on or After Oct. 30, 2004 If your five complete and consecutive years of qualifying teacher service began on or after Oct. 30, 2004, please note the following: You may receive up to $5,000 in loan forgiveness if you were a highly qualified full-time elementary or secondary school teacher. You may receive up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness if, as certified by the chief administrative officer of the school where you were employed, you were a highly qualified full-time mathematics or science teacher in an eligible secondary school; or a highly qualified special education teacher whose primary responsibility was to provide special education to children with disabilities, and you taught children with disabilities that corresponded to your area of special education training and have demonstrated knowledge and teaching skills in the content areas of the curriculum that you taught. Link to page: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/teacher#highly-qualified
  9. Not saying you shouldn't post it here, because you're definitely welcome to! - But it might be more helpful to post your question in this thread as well since many people follow it and get notifications when someone posts something in it.
  10. I really don't think so. I think they just check to set that you had them. I'm pretty sure their more concerned with your last 60 or your overall performance in the SLP/CSD courses. You can always email the schools to ask if they take the grades of those prerequisite courses into account for admission (without telling them what you got in them or disclosing that you've already applied, etc)
  11. How do other GA benefits work? The one I applied for apparently only pays $10.50/hr and that's it 😕 I was under the impression that GAs paid for part of your tuition
  12. This actually reminded me to email the clinical the director about when I may expect to hear back regarding my GA application. I'd definitely just email whoever is in charge of it and find out to give yourself peace of mind.
  13. I was going to say the same thing. But you just need to assess which you think will be the best to add right now. For me, learning strategies to deal with certain behaviors was a valuable experience to add to my resume because I already worked at several educational facilities with a range of age groups from birth to 12 yrs old. So I wanted to know more about working with children with a variety of special needs, goals & taking data, and behavior modification since it would give me exposure to an entirely new population and get me into the practice of taking data and dealing w/ behaviors which will help later as an SLP. I also got a lot of experience working in a team of teachers, therapists, psychologists, and social workers (which I am not sure if you get being a paraprofessional) - had numerous goal meetings for the students in my classroom and got to hear feedback from each professional and work together to figure out the best way to better facilitate learning and behavior mod. Also if you work in a schol doing ABA, chances are - they will have SLPs on staff who you will be able to observe (and many schools allow you to get your observation hours while on the clock so you can get paid doing it! - much better than taking off work or lessening your hours to be able to schedule your obs. hours elsewhere). Good luck to you and def feel free to ask any questions!
  14. I didn't have a lower GPA, but I did have a lower GRE score than they had and I got in. If your GPA is that close, I honestly wouldn't worry too much about a .04 difference. I had a strong personal statement and great letters of rec that I believe made a big difference. Plus, I had an interview at the school. I think if you get an interview, that in itself seems to increase your odds.
  15. To add to this, some schools may want to know why your GPA is lower. In some cases, I've heard of people mentioning in their SOP what happened (not focus on it, but touch upon it like how you had to persevere through such a tough time - something like that?). However, there are many people who say that you should only keep positive things in your SOP and not include such things. So I wonder if anyone one here has any thoughts to add to that. I'm not sure how colleges receive SOP that include why their GPA or other statistic is low. Oh and I meant to add that the experiences you have under your belt are really great!! I think that (if you haven't already), you should greatly consider including what you've learned from those experiences into your SOP. Beefing it up and asking many knowledgable people in the writing realm (professors, writing center, etc) to look it over would really help to make a powerful personal statement. All the best!!