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About pbandj

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    2017 Fall
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    Speech-Language Pathology
  1. GRE Scores

    I wouldn't go through the trouble of retaking the GRE for three points. From what I've heard, programs mostly just check if your GRE is above 150 for both sections (and I believe at least 3.5 or 4.0 for writing). After that, it doesn't really matter what your GRE scores are, especially when other aspects of your application are solid and your GPA is high. Save yourself the stress, time, and money!
  2. @BrookeH @snoves I'm not completely sure about Fresno State favoring their own undergrads. It can seem like that to me when looking at the matriculated students, but I think it's because most of the students applying to the program are from Fresno and are really set on staying so they're more likely to accept the offer. I've also heard of people getting accepted from outside the university, so it's definitely worth a shot! Fresno does have applications for spring admittance, which should be less competitive if that option becomes something you want to explore.
  3. I had ABA experience and know a number of grad students who also worked in ABA. All or most schools will strongly consider applicants with ABA experience, because they will strongly consider applicants with experience period. I think that professor probably meant that your experience doesn't have to be specifically in ABA to get into a program. You can have experience as a para, or SLP-A, or preschool teacher, or volunteer at a hospital or SNF, etc. they will all matter to a program so feel free to pick what you like and know it will mean something - if not to the programs, then to your own development!
  4. Number of school's you're apply to?

    I applied to 7 schools for Fall 2017 admission. Honestly, I could have cut it down to save money. There were schools that I applied to based solely on the program. While I would have attended any of my schools if that were the only factor, once I started looking more thoroughly into each school's cost of attendance I realized there was no way I would have chosen some of those programs! I would have rather taken a year off and reapplied the following year. Hindsight is 20/20 lol. But some people feel more comfortable applying to more schools, so to each their own.
  5. Out-of-field applicant

    Look around this forum and online to find programs that will take applicants without prereqs. I agree with the above that EdFind would be a good way to browse the stats of accepted students and determine your chances, but definitely take the reported stats with a grain of salt. They may not always be accurate. Once you know which programs you're interested in, you can also check their website for more accurate stats or send them an email asking about the information. I personally don't think you necessarily have to add any "leadership" positions or any more experiences in general. Your experiences look great to me, just focus on your SOP and the GRE! As for LORs, I actually only had one LOR from an SLP professor familiar with my academic work. My other two LORs came from a speech and hearing sciences professor I did research with (but I did not take an academic course with her), and my BCBA supervisor from work where I was providing ABA services. Sometimes the former was even replaced with a Latin professor when I needed physical copies of LORs. Point being, a personalized LOR from a non-speech and hearing sciences professor (or work supervisor, research supervisor, etc.) will beat a basic LOR from a speech and hearing sciences professor. Think about who knows you best and will talk you up the most! Good luck with your applications
  6. I wanna say they don't give too much information because it's mostly their own undergrads who apply, but that does make it pretty difficult for other students trying to get more information! I had the same issues with other CSUs that didn't give too much information about their program lol... Anyway, I'm glad I can help! There are definitely programs out there that can offer quite substantial grants/scholarships, but imo they tend to be in areas I personally would not want to study and the costs to some of those programs are already high. In the end, it might just even out anyway lol. I see you're a Spanish double major so I know Fresno would be a great place for you to study given its population! It really is such a diverse city! Feel free to contact me for more info down the line. Good luck with applications!
  7. I went to Fresno State for undergrad. I believe they automatically offer a grant that is applicable for all California residents attending a CSU for graduate school. Other than that, all I know are the scholarships/grants that you can apply for. The speech path program itself has quite a late due date compared to other programs, but if I remember correctly the university application due date is the same as other programs. You should be able to access the scholarship apps right after applying to the university because at that point you will already receive a Fresno State ID. I wouldn't worry about accessing those opportunities "too late." Keep in mind Fresno itself is an inexpensive city to live in while being diverse and relatively big, and Fresno State is one of the cheaper CSUs for sure. Taking out loans for grad school there would be much easier than taking out loans elsewhere. An easy side job like babysitting is something many grad students are able to do as well. As for how the program itself is, it's unfortunate the website doesn't talk too much about what the program is like - many things we find out only in our undergrad classes. One cool aspect is that you'll definitely get experience in both school and hospital settings, in addition to experience in the on-campus clinic. The program highlights behavioral principles in therapy more than most other programs; SLPs throughout the city are more pro-ABA than other SLPs I have seen. Fresno State has a very pro-ASL approach to therapy as well. Overall, it's a pretty great program that will prepare you for a variety of settings and won't be nearly as expensive as other program. SLPs are well respected in Fresno and there are plenty of opportunities throughout the area. I loved living in Fresno and studying there! PM me if you have any more questions about the program or city and I'll try my best to answer, or ask my friends currently in the program. And don't be afraid to call the department, they are all very friendly there Good luck with applications!
  8. Major GRE anxiety

    I agree with everyone's suggestion to drill through practice questions, especially questions you're having trouble with. Magoosh is pretty great at pinpointing questions you should focus on. Magoosh predicted my range of scores to be about 153-160 for either section. Like many posters here, I was also doing worse in math. I ended up getting 163 in both sections. In my experience, Magoosh's quantitative section is harder than the actual GRE test. It may be frustrating now, but keep at it and the GRE may actually be so easy in comparison! Hang in there and remember the bigger picture when you start to feel dejected - grad school then being an SLP! The GRE is just one little part of that process. You will get through this before you know it. Good luck!
  9. Prereqs before applying

    Many schools only require a majority but not all of the prereqs to be complete at the time of application. Some schools may require proof that you have registered for the remaining prereqs (I had to do that for one program). Check with each program's application process, but generally you should be good to go ahead and apply - especially if you only have one prereq to complete.
  10. SLP licensure in other states

    I think the difficulty of doing a CFY in another state can depend on the two states. For example, I'm going to school in Washington and asked them about how easy it was to go back to California. I was told it was really quite easy and they've had students go to California for their CFY a week after graduation! But to go to some other states, it's more difficult. Maybe the requirements between CA and WA are pretty similar or they have connections? I didn't ask too much at the time. I would ask your grad program if they have had students complete their CFY in the state you're interested in, or if they know how that would work.
  11. letters of rec- graduated student

    How close were you with these professors? To jog their memory, you may want to first introduce yourself and which courses you took with them. Provide examples of your work in those courses if you still have them. Tell them if they are able and willing to write a letter, you will provide them with your personal statement, resume, and if you want you can also send them your unofficial transcript. That should cover most information they'll need. You can even just send those documents in the first email rather than in a follow-up, that way they can really judge if they'll be able to write a LOR, plus they'll have all your information in one convenient email. Also, let them know which schools you're applying to, how each school accepts LORs, and the deadlines for each program. Most programs now send an email invitation to that professor to complete the LOR online, but some do still require physical LORs. Make sure to follow up on whether they're receiving these invitations, especially since you won't be able to see them in person. One of my recommenders is in another state and we had to communicate strictly through email - it's totally possible! Just anticipate the information they might need and make the writing process as easy as possible for them. Good luck!
  12. Your GRE scores seem fine to me, especially given your high GPA and other experiences. Most programs just want to see at least a 150 in each. I personally don't see a couple points making a noticeable difference in your application. You can check gradcafe's admission results page to see the stats of applicants who have been rejected or accepted from those schools, but remember there are other parts to an application. I suggest you focus on polishing your personal statement and getting great LORs now. Also, check out the speech-language pathology forum for more feedback! Most speech path students hang around there and maybe someone more familiar with UTD and Baylor can give you more advice. Best of luck with applications!
  13. What's your day job?

    I second the above post. I had friends working as a para in special ed classes, and they had great experiences. If you work in a school I think your schedule will pretty naturally fit into the schedule of your children. I went the ABA route and worked part-time at a center providing ABA services to children with autism. I loved my job and the hours were extremely flexible, though that may vary a bit between agencies. Can't go wrong with either. Best of luck to you.
  14. Dude I need help

    Firstly, I'm glad to hear you are doing well academically! But speech-language pathology is quite a different field from yours. While some people do pursue a PhD in speech-language pathology, most posters here (including the OP) are talking about pursuing their master's unless they have specified otherwise. A master's degree in speech-language pathology is necessary to become a licensed speech-language pathologist. Getting into a master's program is extremely competitive because of this, and can actually be seen as more competitive than the PhD level because there are just so many students and even a lot of career changers fighting for limited spots. If the poster wants to now pursue a master's in a less competitive field and think about a different career, I agree that that could potentially be a good idea; however, if he or she wants to become a speech-language pathologist, the only way is to pursue a master's in speech-language pathology, which is the current dilemma. @slpaneedzhelp Have you had other experiences besides being an SLPA? Are you applying to a variety of programs? Are you applying to the same programs every year? If you are applying to the same programs, you can ask for feedback on how you can strengthen your application. I also notice you're from CA (like me!) and I know basically all the CA programs are super competitive. If you have not already done so, apply outside of the state. There are a lot of great threads here discussing programs that are more relaxed with GPA/GRE.
  15. I can share with you my personal statement in a PM. I used basically the same personal statement and tailored only the last paragraph or two for each school, reinforcing why I felt I was a good fit based on experiences I had described and mentioning specific programs or program goals that resonated with me. Pick just two to maybe three experiences and go really in depth about them and what you learned from each. If you find that certain experiences are more relevant for one program than another, definitely change up your personal statement! For me, I felt like the two experiences I highlighted were relevant to each program I chose, so I didn't feel the need to change the bulk of my personal statement between applications.