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    Speech-Language Pathology

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  1. I don't disagree with the above poster, but if you have the option of either I would think a little further about it. If both programs are accredited, I think both would prepare you very well for a career. It also depends what you are interested in clinically. But I do suggest you do a little more research—for example, a school may not offer that cleft palate class but they may have more clinical affiliations than the other school where you could gain experience with cleft-palate. I would not simply go for program B because you are worried about not performing well in program A unless you know for certain that school A's environment is more competitive/challenging/research-focused/insert whatever adjective you do not want in a program. Good luck!
  2. Wouldn't it be more cost-effective to take the prerequisites through an undergraduate post-bacc program, rather than to earn a second bachelor's? I did not explain myself there, but I do not think there is a reason to get a second BA rather than just take the prereqs on my own, but correct me if I am wrong. I agree with your comment on it costing more to fulfill prerequisites as a part of your graduate program.
  3. Do I have a chance?

    I had a GPA lower than yours and LoRs ONLY from work supervisors (I had been out of school for a while and my job was very related to the field). I think you should do your research on schools that admit applicants with your scores and go for SLP if that's your dream! You are discrediting yourself way too early—apply! I posted a similar "will I get in?" post on here before I applied, so I am not criticizing you for posting this, but keep in mind that every applicant is so different and every admissions committee looks for different things, so it is hard to assess someone else's chances of getting in. I also felt similarly, thinking "if only they could see how passionate and skilled I am..." but I encourage you to not go into graduate school thinking that way. I am amazed at how smart, driven, and passionate most people in my cohort are!
  4. I agree with the previous poster—there is no real reason to get a second BA. I chose to apply to schools as an out-of-fielder without most prerequisites (but lots of relevant work experience), and that really limited my options of schools, but I was still offered a spot in a handful of programs. I am happy with my choice because it worked for me personally. Also, I am not sure why you would ask if you're too old! I am 28, and I am not the oldest in my cohort (although, yes, most SLP grad students seem to be fresh out of undergrad). I can't really comment on your worries about being able to handle school, because it varies so much from person to person. Some people find graduate school very stressful and others find it manageable. That is really only something you can decide, and perhaps an advisor at a local university can help you figure that out. I just finished my first week, and it is very intense and busy already, but I think it will also be completely doable. However, I am very passionate about and interested in the field, so I would make sure you are sure SLP is the field you want to enter before going through the process! There are so many great options in the helping professions.
  5. Pre-reqs

    I am currently in my first year of graduate school and I did not have all of my prerequisites finished when I applied. I didn't have ANY CSD prereqs finished when I applied and I only had a few of ASHA's completed. Let me know if you have any questions about it!
  6. Online SLP Programs

    You won't run into the EXACT questions you practice, but you will certainly run into the same types of questions and/or concepts. Studying will help to practice the test-taking skills and strategies specific to the GRE, and get in the mode of thinking critically on the tests. I second loving Magoosh. I would really suggest taking the time to study, especially to kick up that verbal score. It's unpleasant but worth it!
  7. Ready to become and SLP

    I have to take a million prerequisites this summer before starting But I'm still crazy excited!
  8. Laptop Recommendations?

    The Lenovo Yoga computers are good laptop/tablet hybrids and are relatively cheap. However, I don't think you will need anything other than your 4-year-old Mac. I will be using a Mac older than that. If it can run Word, browse the internet, and run PPTs I think you're good! Unless you have extra cash to spend and really want one... then go for it
  9. Practice GRE Exams

    Yes, I found them to be very accurate. I suggest using the ETS materials and Magoosh. I'm not sure if this is true, but I heard that Princeton Review practice questions can be easier than the actual test.
  10. Schools to apply to with a 3.33 gpa

    No problem! It is a terribly stressful process and I was on grad cafe all the time when I was applying. But you will make it through!
  11. Schools to apply to with a 3.33 gpa

    And just to give you an idea: I am 28 and worked in unrelated fields immediately after college. I have a degree in English. I worked as a language therapist (kind of a mix between SLPA and behavioral therapist) in an excellent clinic for 2 years. I worked under professionals who are published and well-known in the field and they wrote my letters. It sounds like your experience is great!
  12. Schools to apply to with a 3.33 gpa

    @AVSchilling1995 Sure! I got into Emerson College, University of Redlands (off of their wait list), Northern Arizona University, and University of the Pacific. I was wait listed at MGH and Western Carolina University, and not offered a spot from their wait lists. Rejected outright from Appalachian State, CU Boulder, New Mexico State, and University of Arizona. I applied out-of-field so I could only apply to schools that offered 3-year programs. My list would have probably looked a lot different if I had the prerequisites, meaning there are many more schools that might be good for you to apply to! I also want to point out that I was rejected from a couple of the "less-competitive" programs and accepted at others that are considered more competitive. Remember to pick schools that are a good fit for your experience and interests (while also being reasonable)—many of them may see that and decide you are a good fit for them as well!
  13. Clinic dress code

    You don't need to break the bank! I have been buying cheap professional clothes for years but when I first had to buy them I wasted money at J Crew and Banana Republic because I didn't know any better. Try H&M, Target, Nordstrom Rack, thrift stores if you live in an area with good ones, Old Navy sales racks, sometimes Macy's sale racks, and Express. I'm sure TJ Maxx and Ross have great finds, too. I second the outlet comment. I think a couple pairs of slacks, some blouses, and a couple of cardigans will do the trick to start!
  14. Schools to apply to with a 3.33 gpa

    Oh, and get on EdFind and look at the stats of people who were accepted into programs. Find schools that accepted students with a 3.3 or below this year to be realistic.
  15. Schools to apply to with a 3.33 gpa

    I had a 3.3 when I applied. I was told that my GRE needed to be strong to counter it (I ended up getting 158V, 149Q scores, so my math wasn't good at all). However, I have been out of school a while so I had great LoRs and work experience. It sounds like you are setting yourself up to have great letters. I would focus on the GRE and make sure your personal statement is excellent (make sure to have it edited by may people and keep rewriting it!) I was accepted to 4 schools and wait listed at 2, so you can do it!!!