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    New York
  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
  • Program
    Speech Language Pathology

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  1. @sophianc I was in the same out-of-field boat, only I graduated 8 years ago! Did not keep in touch with any of my professors from undergrad. I agree with what @zurako said above. Some schools don't even require the letter writers to be academic, so you could ask a supervisor or someone at an organization you volunteered with instead. The important thing, in my opinion, is that the letter is a strong one that sings your praises in as specific ways as possible. Also, one of my online professors told me she didn't write letters for online students, so cast your net wide in case anyone says no. My
  2. Personally, I think your stats and experience are great and you'd be a perfect candidate for all of the schools you listed. Because this field is so competitive, I think it's important to find a way in your SOP to set yourself apart from other applicants with similarly high stats and similar experiences. At one of the open houses I attended, someone asked if there was anything specific they were looking for in applications. The department chair said everyone has a relative or a friend or someone they know who has a communication disorder and they're sick of reading essays about that. They want
  3. I also have a BA in Communications, not SLP, and I'll be 30 this fall so it's definitely not too late for you I agree with @plume that it's a personal choice. In my opinion, and I'm sure some will disagree, I don't think a second bachelors is worth the money unless your undergrad GPA is not great and you want to try to boost that. I do think it's worth it to take a couple of prereqs to give you some background in the field, even if it's just one Intro to Communication Disorders class. This will help show the AdComms that you're serious about the change, as @Crimson Wife mentioned abov
  4. Parents' income doesn't affect the amount of loans you get at the graduate level and there's no requirement to demonstrate financial need. The school calculates the cost of attendance for the year (tuition, room & board, books, etc.) and you can borrow up to that number. You should always borrow the $20,500 unsubsidized stafford loans first because they have a lower interest rate. After that you get Grad PLUS loans. So for example, if the school said cost of attendance for the year was $50k total you would borrow $20,500 unsubsidized stafford loans and then $29,500 in Grad PLUS loans.
  5. I'm also out of field and am in the process of wrapping up my observation hours now. Asking in your advising appointment if UT Austin has any connections for hours is definitely a good place to start. I did a mix of cold calling and emailing for mine. Briefly explain that you are starting a leveling program in the fall and are trying to get some observation hours in because you are out of field and ask if they allow that. I started out by searching for speech language pathologists in my area and when I didn't have much luck that way I started searching by type of disorder + my area. The latter
  6. @melars You should be fine! I was able to get in touch with the financial aid office at my school and they told me they will not contact my employer and they don't even look at that information. (His exact words were actually "Don't worry, your secret is safe with us." )
  7. I agree with all that @Speechster has said already. I also wanted to add that the PLUS loans have a slightly higher interest rate than the unsubsidized stafford loans. So unless you are paying off all of the interest while you're in school, your loan balance when you graduate will be higher with the PLUS loans than it would be if you just did unsubsidized stafford loans. Obviously it's not an option for everyone to only take out $20,500 to cover your grad school expenses (myself included), but just wanted to put that info out there. @maurmaur I think the disbursement dates for aid
  8. I agree with @Pjeak. It sounds like cost is the main reason you would go with Grand Valley and, personally, I don't think a $14k difference is enough for that to be the deciding factor. I could see that point of view if one was in the $40k range and the other was over $100k (like NYU and Columbia are, for example) but otherwise I don't know if all the other compromises like location, lack of accreditation, etc make that worth it. UMass also seems like a better fit all around based on the pros and cons list you provided. Good luck!
  9. @amy.will I graduated in 2009 as well and I didn't have any issues. I heard the 10 year rule from a few schools but the impression I got was that it was flexible, especially if you're only a year or two off. I'm a career changer, so my expiring credits were for the foundational courses in statistics, chemistry, psychology etc. and I took most of those my freshman and sophomore years so they were definitely older than 10 years. I'm not sure if there would be the same amount of flexibility for any CSD courses you may have taken in undergrad, those I think would vary by school, as you said. The s
  10. My undergrad GPA was a 3.38 and I got into a few schools with a GPA range higher than that. The school I'll be attending in the fall said they had a requirement of 3.5 but when I spoke to them at the open house they said they would still consider me if my application showed improvement. I'm a career changer, so I was able to discuss in my statement of purpose that my time in the workplace made me a more motivated, hard working and disciplined student than I was in undergrad. It also helped that I received a 4.0 in my post-bacc, which brought my cumulative GPA up, so definitely make sure to get
  11. I don't have personal experience with this necessarily, but I had a sort of similar conversation with one of my post-bacc professors before I started applying. We were talking about where I might want to work after grad school and, because I am "older" and not coming right out of undergrad, he told me to consider if and when I want to start a family because some areas (ie: hospitals vs. schools) will be more flexible with maternity leave, hours, etc. than others. I'll be 32 when I graduate and I understand people have children well into their 40s these days but I would prefer not to wait that
  12. Hi! Speech @ NYU is online and I believe has spring, summer and fall starts.
  13. @Hnolan Likewise! No, I'm going to be commuting so I don't know too much about it. I think a few of the people in the Facebook group said they submitted applications for on campus housing this week though so it sounds like you'd definitely have people to room with if you wanted.
  14. @Hnolan Awesome, nice to virtually meet you! It seems like there's quite a few of us "older" students in the cohort which is nice I saw your other post about housing, are you in the Facebook group? I think there are some people there who are looking for roommates.
  15. @Afternoonprogram I can't speak to Clinical Methods specifically, but I have taken two courses online through Sacred Heart (Intro to Comm. Disorders and Biology). While I liked both classes, I felt that I would have learned just as much, if not more, through self-study.
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