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  1. Looks like we switched places then! I'm in WA but from CA haha. Best of luck to you!! The application process is so crazy but you will get through it! :)
  2. You mentioned Audiology, and I'm not sure if you were just talking about a single course if you're looking at aud programs - sorry! The following advice is for speech path, I'm not sure of audiology stuff! If you're willing to go out-of-state, try to check out schools in more rural areas. Less people apply to these more remote schools, so it may be "less competitive." If the cost of living is low enough, attending OOS schools can sometimes be comparable to attending school in-state in CA. I would also consider taking a year off to build more experiences in the field. Some jobs include being a para, behavior interventionist, etc. Since you're in CA being an SLPA for a while is also an option. That would give you extra time to focus on your grades next year and study for a higher GRE score to offset your GPA. The application process can be daunting and competitive, so it may be beneficial to save yourself the stress and money if you take some time off to build up your application. Seriously, there's no rush to get into grad school right after undergrad! Best of luck to you! ❤️
  3. SFSU has an Autism Specialization program, and I believe Florida State does as well
  4. I don’t think it’s crazy to rescind your offer, especially if there’s nothing particularly special pulling you toward the program. Debt is very real, and if you don’t think it’s worth it, that’s totally valid and reasonable (though if you do think the program is worth it, then that’s valid too!) Personally, I would hesitate about that much debt and would rather improve my application for reapplying to more affordable programs.
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    UW MedSLP Regrets?

    CoreSLP - PM'ed you
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    Note taking during class

    Yupp, that's exactly what I do! I'm pretty visual so organizing my notes and making diagrams are more helpful to me than bullet point notes.
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    Note taking during class

    I have a Surface and use OneNote. If you have the means to get one, I highly recommend it! I upload PDFs of the PowerPoints and am able to physically write notes using the Surface pen, but I can switch to typing if information is coming at me too quickly - best of both worlds, plus no printing ahead of time! Used to type all my notes until I found that they were ineffective for certain classes, so it can depend on both you and the class
  8. I don't think it's unethical or unprofessional if you politely withdraw a decision. Waitlists mean that these things are bound to happen, and programs certainly wouldn't keep a blacklist. The worst that would happen is you would lose that deposit, but no bridges will be burned
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    Open House Questions

    Some questions I asked that were really helpful: How does a typical day or week look like in terms of didactic courses and practicum (for example, are classes held on certain days and clinical assignments on other days)? What does progression through the program look like? What are some additional clinical and/or research opportunities available, and how can I participate? How diverse are the clients who come to the clinic? Feel free to share your specific interests and ask about opportunities they offer in those areas. I'll also throw in that if possible, try to get a sense of the work-life balance or "culture" of the program. I really appreciate my program's emphasis on self-care and a work-life balance now, but it was something I didn't think about before. Ask as many students as possible how supported they feel. If you can't ask students, you can try to get the information from faculty by asking about the workload and what resources are available to students to healthily manage their work. Grad school is intense no matter where you go, but I feel supported by both my cohort and the faculty and it makes it feel so much more manageable! Enjoy your open house and congratulations on your acceptance!
  10. It was more “how would you approach this scenario.” Feel free to PM me for more info And I agree with the better over than under dressed! I was a little more business to business casual with dress pants and a cardigan, but two girls in my group were wearing more business professional attire
  11. When I did it last year, it was a group interview with a scenario that we all had to discuss to come up with a resolution. It was a really easy scenario with pretty obvious resolutions so honestly it was just a little awkward LOL. I think they mostly wanted to see how we worked together! You don't have to prepare anything super impressive or know specific skills or content, and I only mentioned my experiences very briefly and informally during the intros. Focus on showing your collaborative and interpersonal skills, and adopt the pleasant, relaxed SFSU vibe There also wasn't really an opportunity to ask questions about the program, but I spoke briefly with one of the interviewers about their autism tracking and connected with her via email to ask my questions and thank her for the interview. And I think that kinda helped, actually! Good luck!
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    Current Grad Student Answers

    I think everyone copes in different ways, so do what you feel you need to do to try and relax! You're so right that everything will work out in the end. In the mean time, practice self-care as you see fit and be proud of your acceptance Some grad schools do send out decisions in "waves." Every school should contact you about some sort of decision. Not quite sure if I've heard of a school without a waitlist, but if you're on one, the school will tell you! Yes, you can get off a waitlist! I've never discussed with my classmates whether they were on the waitlist, but there must be at least one student. Waitlists are there because they expect some people to decline - everyone can only attend one program, after all!
  13. Currently have two part-time jobs on-campus, they're both a little sporadic so my total hours per week is probably 10-15. I think it's doable, though my program doesn't suggest to not work, just to be realistic about your time. It's not much but it helps! If I budget particularly well I even pay back some of my loan interest to keep that down. My suggestion is to find something on-campus because they tend to be more flexible and understanding of student schedules. A lot of students I know babysit and actually make some decent money that way, too.
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    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!
  15. @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.

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