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    Speech-language pathology

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  1. amvat

    SLP Declining Offers Thread 2018

    I'm late to this, but I declined my waitlist position at ENMU.
  2. Thanks for the input! I've always been more interested in the medical setting. So, that worries me.
  3. Yes, I saw that they specifically state that externships cannot be done in CA. I will look into that! Thanks!
  4. Ok thank you! On their website it says that internships are to be completed on campus during the summer. And externships CANNOT be completed in CA.
  5. Ok, thank you! I was hoping that clinical practicum experience would be looked at greatly when getting hired. Western Kentucky's practicum for online students is 6 weeks on campus during the summer.
  6. Hi everyone, I'm thinking about applying to Western Kentucky's SLP online master's program. However, I'm a little hesitant because I don't know how employers feel about hiring someone from an online program. I feel like there's still a stigma attached to online grad programs. I want to know what your experience was like finding a job if you've ever been through an online SLP program. Did you have any issues finding a job? And what were some of the reactions of the employers knowing that you did grad school online? Also, any advice on how to be successful during online schooling or what you did to stand out to employers? Also, do you know any colleagues who went through online program that seem to be just as competent as the colleagues that had a traditional, face-to-face education? A little bit about me: I first applied to programs here in my home state of California after graduation (which was a BIG mistake since I learned the hard way about how competitive it is out here). And I'm just not competitive enough. I've been out of school for a while now and I'm desperate! So, that's why I'm asking about online programs! Thanks!
  7. amvat

    Graduation was meaningless?

    Hi Alicia124, it is self-doubt. Ever since the experience of the professor telling me that I should think of another career coupled with grad school rejections, I'm starting to doubt my abilities that maybe I'm not going to succeed as an SLP. I tried to get good grades (received mostly A's and B's) in my undergrad. My overall GPA is 3.47 (as a community college transfer student and four-year combined), but my GPA for the last 60+ units at four-year-university is 3.61. Sometimes I think it was a waste because we can't do anything with only a bachelor's in SLP. The field is so specialized. I didn't apply to grad school right after graduation. I took two years to get my feet wet working as a behavior technician for an in-home autism program. I've learned a lot from this experience and got to learn more about what I like and dislike career-wise. I've been told that I should become a BCBA at my work, but I know enough from my work experience that treating serious behavior is just not my thing. I've also been told that I should look into becoming an elementary school teacher, but I like working one-on-one more. As I'm waiting another year before I can apply to SLP programs again I'm also stressing myself out about backup plans in the event that I don't get accepted the second time around. So, I'm in limbo right now. I have two backups in mind and one of them actually included SLPA. The university that I attended did not have an SLPA program and if I were to become an SLPA in my state it would be a year and a half commitment (I've spoke with two community colleges in my state) before I can actually start working as an SLPA, meaning more time and more money (which I don't think I want to do). And universities in my state only offer their SLPA programs to their students. The other option is to work at the same job while look into online courses that I could take to raise my crap overall GPA. If I don't think I'll get in again I think I'll just give up an head into another career path, which I'm totally clueless about.
  8. amvat

    Work Experience Before SLP

    Hi, I've been working as a Registered Behavior Technician aka ABA therapist for an in-home autism program for 2 and a half years. I gained a lot of experience in doing therapy and dealing with aggressive behaviors (which is going to be useful for you when you do therapy in grad school).
  9. I never thought about that but that sounds like a good thing to do. Thank you.
  10. Hi PlieThenRose, I've taken the GRE only once and my overall GPA is 3.47 (not so competitive, I know). Now that I think about it again I don't think post bacc is something I should be looking into. It doesn't really make sense for me. I think community college or online is a good idea. Thank you so much.
  11. amvat

    Graduation was meaningless?

    I'd like to thank everyone who replied to my post (in 2015). It's been over a year since I checked for responses because I didn't think that anyone would reply! I came back to check out of curiosity and couldn't help but cry my eyes out! I am going through a tough time right now: didn't get accepted into any SLP grad school and just re-evaluating my life. However, reading everyone's responses gave me encouragement and some hope to hang in there. I am going to take another year to try to transform myself before applying a second time around. I'm glad that we have such a supportive online community. I want to wish you all the best for your futures!
  12. Hello, I have a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and did not get accepted into any grad school for my first time applying. I received my degree in Fall 2014 and wanted to get some work experience in a related field (I work in an in-home autism program) before applying for two reasons: I wanted to make some money and could use the experience to add on to my applications. 2 and half years later and rejected from all schools I don't know what to do. One of the schools I applied to told me that my GPA and GRE scores just weren't high enough. I don't want to quit just yet. I want to try again. I've been looking into post bacc programs that I could take to boost up my GPA. However, post bacc programs are designed for out-of-fielders (which I'm not). Is it a good idea to take post bacc programs or will this harm me more than help me? Is there another plan of action that I can take if post bacc programs aren't a good idea? I could really use some advice. Thank you.
  13. Hi, I'm applying to grad school for Fall 2017. One of the factors that's important to me in selecting a school is campus safety. I'm thinking about applying to Eastern New Mexico University, however, I'm not sure about how safe it is especially when I came to this link on stats of the kind of crime that happens there: http://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/eastern-new-mexico-university-main-campus/student-life/crime/. Its seems like violent crimes like aggravated assault is an issue followed by rape (which terrifies me). Does anyone attend ENMU? If so, do you feel safe there? What kinds of crimes usually happen? Also, are there any services on campus that maximize campus safety such as police escort, or transportation, etc? What have your experiences been like, especially with the police on campus? I wouldn't have a car if I attend school next Fall. The school I attended for my undergrad mostly had car theft and maybe property theft, but violent crimes weren't that prevalent. If you attend ENMU, please let me know what you think!
  14. It's been about 2 months since I graduated with my B.A. in Communicative Disorders and I felt like it was almost meaningless to me. When I started the program, I enjoyed my classes and felt good about heading towards the SLP direction. However, senior year came and everything sort of went downhill when the classes became harder and the work was more. I failed an exam along with a number of other students in a class and the professor (who some students called the "god woman of SLP" of our department faculty) told us outright that maybe we weren't fit to be SLPs and suggested that we think about going into different careers. Considering how long I was in the program, I was devasted becauase I really believed her. So, for months after that I looked into other careers but still can't figure out what to do. I feel so lost. I keep thinking that all those years in school studying speech was such a waste of time. The same professor was at our department ceremony. I was seriously considering not even attending the ceremony, but I did it for my parents. The whole time I was sitting during the ceremony I kept thinking that it was all a joke, but it made my parents happy since they never went to college. I hate that I ended my undergrad feeling so unhappy and lost about where I'm going or what I'm going to do. I don't know what to take from my graduation experience. How do I look back on it with good feelings?
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