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angela4

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About angela4

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  • Location
    Florida
  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
  • Program
    Speech Language Pathology
  1. @Moongirl201 Feel free to PM me if you want to talk more.
  2. This is my second time going to grad school (first time was in a different field). The first time around I chose to self-disclose my chronic illness to my advisor/professor because I thought it would be good for them to know "just in case." I thought it was smart to be as open as possible. Unfortunately there is a stigma associated with my condition and telling my advisor about my illness was the worst decision I made in grad school. They told me I may not be able to continue because my condition was a liability. I had to get documentation from my doctor, and I finished the program successfully but it was harder because I self-disclosed and the professors made me jump through extra hoops. This time around, I am going to go through the disability office and make sure I have protections in place before I share my disability with a professor again. If you go through the disability services office, they will give you a letter stating your accommodations, but the letter does not share your diagnoses. It is up to you how much information you want to give the professors in addition to the letters. Maybe I just had bad luck, but I thought I should share my experience. I'm not saying it's smart to "hide" your disability, but I think it's good to make sure you are registered with disability services (or whatever it may be called) BEFORE sharing anything. I know I will need accommodations during grad school this time because my medical problems are a little worse now than they were a few years ago. But I'm going to go the official route this time. I encourage you to do the same to have the protections in place before you share with your professors.
  3. @Billy_Pilgrim They totally do! I think you did the right thing going the more affordable route, and the fact that I keep saying that to others makes me realize that maybe I did the right thing too! I hope/believe you will have a good experience at your chosen school.
  4. @tvl @Chai Tea Latte I discovered that you only need 2 members to start a group, so one of you can set it up and add any friend/significant other and then just kick them out as soon as you have created the group. One of you can be in the group alone until you can direct the other where to go. I'm sure you've already figured this out, but maybe it will help someone in the future!
  5. @slp1234 Thank you so much! Your response helped me feel better and know that mine isn't the only school with these problems. @Jolie717 Thank you. I agree about losing a year of salary...I like to think I made the "practical" decision here, and I am just used to making decisions based on feelings. @chaitealatte Congrats on making the right decision for you! Like I said above, I totally agree that gut instinct is important! I guess I'm going about it a different way this time, and hoping for the best @Alicia124 Yes, we are definitely fortunate to have a choice! Thank you. @jmk I love adventures too :). But I guess going to grad school and switching careers is its own adventure. @plume Thanks for the affirmation that cost can be a good reason. And congrats to you on choosing a program! @AlwaysaFalcon I'm glad to know you chose the cheaper school too. Good luck and congrats :)! Thank you so much everyone. I never expected so much helpful advice and input. I'm trying to look at it with a positive attitude and just think about how lucky I am to be able to take this next step in life.
  6. @SpeechLaedy Oops, I didn't see this reply earlier. I won't say the name of the school since I made a negative comment about it, and I feel like that could end up being a mistake down the line! I think you are right that I am worrying too much about it. Best of luck to you with everything!
  7. Thank you both so much. @twinguy7 That's a great way to think of it. Thank you! @CCCaffeinated-SLP Congratulations on your acceptances and the funding offer! I'm sure you will have a great experience. Just what I needed
  8. I accepted an offer to the least expensive/most local program I could. The school seems very disorganized and doesn't feel quite right to me, but I chose it because it will fit in the best with the rest of my life right now, and it is the best financial decision. Maybe when it starts I will feel better about my choice. I think I'm just looking for someone to give me a virtual pat on the back and tell me I made a good choice :).
  9. Hi George - This is a great question! I had some health issues growing up and also helped my special needs cousin. I'm not sure how these influenced my career choices, but I would imagine they had some impact! I've answered 'no' in the poll. Thanks for the question
  10. I was able to get an email address of one of the financial aid officers. Hopefully she can answer some of my questions. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I'm sorry that happened to you...
  11. I don't know about the graduate programs, but I took some prerequisite courses online at MGH. The professors were wonderful and really cared about the students. I also lived in Boston for another grad program and the city is great. It's very expensive at MGH though, so unless you have a substantial funding offer and you are certain you want to work in Boston after graduation, it is probably not worth it to attend school out of state. The difference in tuition seems too great otherwise. Just one opinion of someone also going through the process :).
  12. A school I am considering has a "cost of attendance" that covers 9 months and 20 credits each year. I would need financial aid to cover 12 months and 34 credits. Does the cost of attendance change depending on how many credits you take? I know I should contact the school's financial aid office to ask this, but the way they have it set up is weird. You have to be a student, log in to your account and find your assigned officer. They have no general contact info on the site. Thank you!
  13. @deblee @poor_salieri @plume Great input on rankings, thank you. It's helped me get closer to making a decision.
  14. @lily48slp It sounds like you are putting a lot of effort into making your decision, and I'm sure you will make the right choice. I'm wondering, at what point do rankings really start to matter? Of the two schools I am considering, the less expensive and more convenient school is MUCH lower ranked - 150 lower than the other school.
  15. Thank you! That will be so helpful. I wish there were more current students on here so that we could get people who have been there, but I guess once you get started in a program you have support from fellow students and don't need sites like this as much anymore.