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  1. slporbust2016

    Things you want/needed for grad school

    The number one thing that I appreciated having during grad school is Google Drive. I'd recommend organizing by classes as well as making folders for topic areas for resources. It's amazing to be at an externship and be able to pull up all of your materials. Also, when a computer died on me during grad school--no problem. I had everything organized and backed up already.
  2. slporbust2016

    Observation Hours !!

    Utah State does, and you could use Master Clinican for part of the hours when I took it.
  3. That's been my experience on the job hunt and what every single one of my supervisors has told me. I'm sure there are some circles where it might matter a little, but not for the vast majority of things.
  4. It is NOT worth it to go to a school that's going to leave you with a lot of debt. I'm wrapping up grad school and applying for jobs, and literally no one cares what my grad school was. They care about my externship experiences, my skill set, and the fact that I've done what I need to in order to apply for licensure. Choose the less expensive option. You'll be glad you did in a couple of years when you don't have that loan hanging over you.
  5. slporbust2016

    Online Grad school with asynchronous classes?

    UWEC. The lectures are recorded. You will have group work, and you will have an occasional required video chat with a professor that you need to schedule, but you can work with your schedule.
  6. I did a second BS in Communication Disorders through Utah State. No one knows they're online classes unless you tell them that. It's not like it's stamped on your degree. I'm also just about to finish my MS through University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's distance program, so I'm probably coming from a different place than you are about online programs.
  7. I think you might want to actually reach out to a few programs that you are interested in and see if they have any suggestions for you. Although many programs state that a 3.0 is the cut-off, it's actually much higher in many cases. If you retake speech classes, CSDCAS will average the two scores which is important to know for future GPA considerations if you are applying to schools that use CSDCAS. That said, I'd be concerned that you might not have an adequte base of background knowledge if you don't. I don't want to discourage you, but I think you need to do a bunch of research and look at different options. Speech is highly competitive, and it's probably going to take more than retaking a few classes and studying for the GRE.
  8. slporbust2016

    Asking for Letters of Rec

    I had to get my letters of ref from an online post-bacc program because it'd been forever since I did my first undergrad. I simply wrote them a little about myself and asked them for help. When they agreed, I included things like my transcripts, a short resume, etc. Most professors as used to these kinds of requests.
  9. slporbust2016

    Distance learning computer

    I have a Lenovo Yoga, too, and it's great for my needs. Reliable wifi and access to a backup computer are definitely plusses.
  10. slporbust2016

    Distance Learning finding Clinicals

    I'm sure it depends on the exact program and what connections they have existing, but yes, mine will. The plus side of finding your own clinicals is that people are much more willing to work with your schedule and be creative about how it gets done. It was the part of the program that concerned me the most, but in the end, I think it actually worked out well for me as I've been able to do clinicals that met my personal needs. FWIW, this is the same process I'm about to use again to find a job. It's just part of the professional world.
  11. slporbust2016

    Distance Learning finding Clinicals

    I've found mine through networking, other SLPs helping me, and cold calling until someone says yes. Starting very early is key.
  12. slporbust2016

    Gift for internship supervisors

    I've given different supervisors things based on what I think they would like. I gave my first supervisor an inexpensive laminator because she loved my laminated materials I made. I gave my next one a basket of some of her favorite treats/a couple fun, new things to enjoy over Christmas break. Last semester, I had two, and I gave them each flowers (nice grocery store ones that I arranged in thrifted vases). I also brought in store-bought cookies on my last day for the office staff and the other therapists at that site because they had all been so welcoming and helpful to me. I always write a personalized note detailing what I enjoyed about working with them and thanking them for their investment in me. Other ideas are to give a gift like a game or donate needed supplies instead of giving something directly to the supervisor. I've also donated things like copies of games I've bought inexpensively at the thrift store or yard sales after I've used them with clients. My program has never mentioned anything about giving a gift, but I know that many of my classmates do give them as well. Keep it reasonably priced, and based on something that person would like. Definitely don't give something overly expensive that would make someone feel uncomfortable.
  13. slporbust2016

    Practicum Midterm

    Ask questions that show that you're interested in your clients and being as evidence-based as possible. Everyone has something that you can learn from them. One of my absolute favorite parts of my clinicals is having people to ask questions to all of the time and discuss my ideas with. I'm a curious person, and it works for my learning style. It seems that's not the case for you, but you've been told that you need to improve in this area. When you're in grad school, you get a lot of feedback, and it's a time to work on addressing it. Good questions show you want to collaborate and grow as a clinician like "I felt X was a little frustrated during that activity, is there something else you would have tried" or "I was reading about (tx intervention) last night, and I'm thinking about trying it out with Y. What do you think?" not ones that can be found in textbooks. If I was someone's supervisor, I would expect and want them to ask me questions because it's a lot easier to discuss this stuff on a daily basis and brainstorm as it's happening.
  14. slporbust2016

    How do I document observation hours?

    Lots of schools require them to be done as part of coursework. I'd talk to the schools that you're interested in about what they will accept.
  15. slporbust2016

    Where to begin?

    I had a very similar situation. 15 years between when I finished my first BA and when I started leveling courses. Utah State has a good online program. I liked that it was an actual second BS because that can make it easier for transferring some coursework. I got all my letters from those professors and got into grad school which I will finish next year.
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