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  1. My cohort had around 45 students and it became quite ”cliquey”. Part of it was the large group, the different geographic personalities, and the age-difference. Although there were cliques and some bitter people, I am there for my career and these are my colleagues. You’ll definitely find your group, whether that's the whole class or two other people...but the end goal is your career as a SLP.
  2. I was accepted at U of Memphis, U of Oregon, U of Utah, and Florida State. My last 80 credits, I maintained a 3.80 GPA. I also got involved with extracurricular activities (chancellor student ambassadors), research (presented at ASHA), and volunteered as an AAC assistance for an aphasia group. In my cover letter, I was straight forward about my struggles of being a first-gen student and how it affected my academic decisions. I hope that helps!
  3. I moved 5 states away. Best decision thus far! It may depend on the person and their personality. I'm very independent, and I see my move as an opportunity. Even though I am an I introvert, I enjoy making new friends. While a classmate of mine has a hard time being away from her family; she flies home every weekend if possible. This is her first time being away by herself and living on her own. She's also experiencing a bit of a ”culture shock.” It truly depends on how you look at your education, career, and life. Graduate school will leave you feeling empty at times but it's only two years an
  4. It’s been awhile but I remember them asking about why I pursue a career path in CSD? How and why were grades bad and how/what I did to raise them? It was a interview catered more towards me. Like how would it be like if I were to move away since I had cultural ties with my family and community. I do encourage you to study the general questions (e.g., why you chose this program? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Etc.) because somehow they gave me the hardest time. It’s like ‘I’ knew why I want to be an SLP but it was hard for me to explain it in words without sounding like every other stude
  5. It depends on the project your professor/mentor is conducting. For me, one semester I helped him edit a manuscript that he wanted to submit. The very next semester, I helped him research by collecting data. So varies from one lab to another and project to project. So for example, a voice lab...similar to yours had four students who were research assistants. One was responsible for data entry, one collected data, one edited the samples, and another analyzed the samples. Again, it varies on how much work each project requires and how much help/what your mentor wants done.
  6. I would state it on your cover letter that your GPA doesn't represent your full potential and that for the admissions committee to consider you as a whole. This would at least get their attention to look over WHY you might've achieved at a lower end compared to your colleagues (e.g., working full-time, first generation student, single mother, etc.).
  7. Grow a thick skin. --Your supervisors will critique you in every way possible, suck it up. It's a learning experience...even if they hurt your feelings, their opinions do not define who you are. Your laptop is your lifeline. Connect your school email to every technology you own especially your phone. Phonetics and speech-language development is worth knowing. Get used to not being "perfect" in graduate school. You won't get kicked out for getting a B ? Graduate school is not hard, it's just time consuming. Prepping for an articulation session takes longer t
  8. University of Oregon, U of Memphis, U of Utah, and Florida State.
  9. I come from a low-income family and I actually worked throughout my undergraduate studies until I could no longer work anymore. It took me 8 years to receive my bachelors degree. The last 1.5 years of my undergrad, my brother had to look for a job to support me and my family so that I can finish school. Is it possible that your spouse find a job for the two years that you'll be in graduate school? As a graduate student now, two years is not long at all. I have a feeling that even if you were to go the SLP-A route, you'll end up back at this decision again. In graduate school, maintaining a job
  10. 2.8 overall, 3.8 last 60 credits, low GRE but great references, personal statement and experience. ---Accepted into 4 programs. Stats don't always represent a person as a whole. Good Luck!
  11. Programs prefer a rich cohort. You are just as competitive maybe even having an advantage. Good luck!
  12. Throughout undergrad and grad, only one professor curved. But because Slp students are so smart (& extremely hardworking), it didn’t matter anyways. Lol
  13. I second the previous posts. I typically take notes on OneNote and also record my lectures. I’m not a electronic learner so I print the notes off and study it. I also listen to the lectures.
  14. Sure! Social scenes: It’s not as oppressed as how the rest of the states view Utah. I arrived thinking everyone will be extremely religious, with no cultural diversity, and everyone walked around covered up. Really ignorant thoughts. I mean, of course, it’s nothing like bigger cities ( LA, Chicago, etc.) but it’s definitely influenced by the neighboring states and growing. There are social scenes but you won’t have any time, so it should be your least concern. Professors: They care. Bonus points are given (something you probably didn’t see as an undergrad, LOL) because they want to
  15. Congrats on the acceptance. I'm currently a student there.
  16. Congratulations! I hope we'll bump into one another in the near future... I, too, am interested in bilingualism/multilingualism and am now a MS/PhD student. A lot of my research will be bilingual-based.
  17. @azure when I took Stats, we did everything by hand. I didn’t even know about a statistic software. I havent taken a graduate level research methodology, yet. That’s a course I’ll be taking this upcoming Spring. Sorry, I’m unable to answer that question but I don’t mind getting back to you in a few months
  18. @futureSLPhopefullylol I actually got accepted to University of Oregon, University of Missouri, University of Utah, and Florida State University. Our grades and GRE are a great predictor of how we’ll do in our future graduate program but it’s also the extracurricular activities that would make us an even better clinician. @TammyTams you’re too kind. Thank you! @Felice of course & good luck!
  19. I agree with everything listed above. Also, ask for cash if you can. I ended up spending an additional $500 on softwares, background check, flu shots, drug screenings, etc.
  20. Statistics is used in graduate school. Research is very important since it guides us in our practice. As mentioned by everyone else, stats is mostly used with interpreting standardized tests. For my program specifically, we read tons of research articles and we have to summarize the findings. It'll also help you during your research methodology course and with your thesis (if you're required to do one).
  21. @BCaBAbutwanttobeaSLP I retook some old undergrad courses (maintained a 3.8 on my last 60 credits), conducted research (presented at ASHA), joined leadership groups on campus, and volunteered with an aphasia group. Having a 2.8 overall GPA, I had to do A LOT to prove that I've changed but it was all worth it. Good Luck!
  22. Do not be bummed about your GRE. I'm a MS/PhD student and I scored at the bottom 2% of the GRE in all categories. If you truly believe you're not going to do any better, do not take it again. It'll only prove that you can't score any higher. At least, with the one time score ...you can argue your way out of it.
  23. You can accept and decline later. Also, It's completely ok to contact your number #1 school. It shows how serious you are about their program.
  24. I am a MS/PhD student and applied right out of undergrad. From your above description, we have about the same amount of research background. I completed two years of research, presented at conferences (ASHA included) and published a research article prior to applying. Having research experiences are important but I believe your focus should be on choosing the right mentor; why you believe you're a good fit for their lab, how you can contribute to their research, and how your research aligns with theirs. You have to keep in mind, you're an investment for them ...they're using their grant
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