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    AlwaysaFalcon reacted to futurespeechpath1 in Help me choose between schools?   
    Omg wow congratulations that sounds amazing and those are such great programs!!
    Personally I would choose U of I, even though I really do hate the weather here, what they are offering you is really great and you wouldn't be in any debt or have to worry much about living expenses. Downside: The town is sort of in the middle of nowhere
    Vanderbilt is amazing and they've also offered you a very generous financial aid package it sounds like! I think the Autism track is very cool, and will definitely give you a leg up when it comes time to apply for jobs since you'll already have taken specialty classes and have had relevant clinical experiences. Downside: Student loans
    Maybe make a list of the pros and cons and see which of the cons are more favorable to you?? I was always told not to worry too much about student loans since you'll definitely get a job that'll help pay them off, but then again if you can avoid student loans...
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    AlwaysaFalcon reacted to lifeispeachy in Help me choose between schools?   
    I’m very in favor of taking out no loans, even if it means pushing through two more winters in Illinois. With no student debt holding you down, you can take any job that interests you out of grad school. You can do your CFY specializing in autism in a state where you can soak in the sun everyday — and get paid to be there instead of racking up debt to be there. Vanderbilt is obviously an amazing school, but highly ranked schools don’t really make a difference in where you are employed afterwards when it comes to speech. And you can definitely specialize in autism without going to Vanderbilt. 
     
    Just my my two cents, but if I had a free grad school option I’d be jumping all over it! Good luck making your decision😊
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    AlwaysaFalcon got a reaction from Pre-SLP in So I didn't get in.. Now what?   
    I personally took a volunteering position in a preschool that worked with the preschool teacher and that way I was still able to observe with the slp. I did this while working full time at a unrelated position. 
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    AlwaysaFalcon got a reaction from BioCook in So I didn't get in.. Now what?   
    Do not give up! It took me three application cycles to become accepted into graduate school! Maybe you can take time to volunteer or work in areas related to the field. Take time to improve your application. Feel free to PM me!
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    AlwaysaFalcon reacted to TeamNoSleep in Current grad student here   
    Hi! I remember the amount of times I checked grad cafe around this time last year. So, I'm here to answer any of your questions from how to prepare for a grad interview, to trying to pick between programs and what grad school is like. I know I needed something like this when I was applying/waiting to hear back. 
    You guys got this!! Hope I can help
     
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    AlwaysaFalcon reacted to amh123 in Graduation and Clinical Fellowship Year   
    Hello! Your clinical fellowship is completed after you graduate with your masters. It’s about 9 months long, it’s a paying job but you get extra supervision from a SLP with their CCC.  After you successfully complete your cf is when you can apply for your CCC. Hope this helps!
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    AlwaysaFalcon reacted to hopefulfuturespeechie in In state vs out of state grad schools   
    You need at least 100 public school hrs for Mass so just keep that in mind. Wherever you go to grad school will help you with that.
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    AlwaysaFalcon got a reaction from alyssafrancis in In state vs out of state grad schools   
    Here is information about licensure from ASHA about licensing in the states you're interested in:
    Rhode Island: https://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/info/RI/licensure/
    Connecticut: https://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/info/CT/licensure/
    Massachusetts: https://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/info/MA/licensure/
    Also if you express to whatever grad school you go to about practicing in another state they should be able to help you or contact ASHA if you have questions. As long as the program is credited by ASHA and you are able to get your license and degree that's all that matters! You can always apply for instate residency if you do move out of state to save on costs!
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    AlwaysaFalcon got a reaction from sleepyslp2be in What are my chances?   
    You ranges for gpa and gre are almost identical to mine! Feel free to message me but like others have said I think that you need to work your strengths. Talk about that research experience in your letter of intent and experience. There is more to a future clinician than grades
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    AlwaysaFalcon got a reaction from AspiringSLP35 in Is this major only for those with high GPAs?   
    I put it right underneath my name  
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    AlwaysaFalcon reacted to bibliophile222 in is it a good idea to get a LOR from a linguistics professor?   
    I applied from out of field and was still takungvmy prereqs when I applied, so I used 3 different linguistics professors for my LORs. I'm sure that having at least one CSD prof would have been better, but sometimes you gotta do whatcha gotta do.
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    AlwaysaFalcon reacted to BioCook in Help! Do I Give Up?   
    I had a lower GPA and got in my first try. Definitely don’t give up! Rather than retaking courses and spending $$$$, focus on your applications and making sure you show that you are awesome!
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    AlwaysaFalcon reacted to slptobe! in Help! Do I Give Up?   
    I did! Don't give up  
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    AlwaysaFalcon reacted to Lwc23 in Help! Do I Give Up?   
    Don’t give up! First of all, is there any chance your fall/spring classes could raise your GPA? What’s your in major GPA and how does it compare to your overall? What else are you bringing to the table in terms of experience, GRE, etc.?
    In terms of getting anywhere this cycle, I’d say it depends a lot on where you’re planning to apply. However, if pushing off applying for a year is something you could do, it probably wouldn’t hurt to get some experience and then apply with your (hopefully higher) GPA including senior classes. You could also consider putting off applying for a spring cycle...
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    AlwaysaFalcon got a reaction from aaaslp in Buying books- necessary?   
    Personally what I do is rent the books first from amazon or chegg or see if it is cheaper to buy off amazon. I can't afford to buy my textbooks and keep a copy of the syllabus with the textbook name in it in case later on I want to buy the textbook when I have more money haha
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    AlwaysaFalcon reacted to bibliophile222 in Working While in Grad School   
    I've stuck with on-campus work-study jobs, since they're super flexible with scheduling and can be done on-campus or even at home. My first semester I was a TA for a 1-credit undergrad class and mostly just graded papers. For my 2nd and 3rd semesters I was an RA, transcribing speech samples and helping with evaluations. This coming semester I'll be a writing consultant in the grad writing center. Of course, there are many more options than these, but I've been pretty happy with them!
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    AlwaysaFalcon got a reaction from Toya in Things you want/needed for grad school   
    I love my dry erase board. My friend got a me a bunch of items that she wished she'd had in grad school and that was one of my favorites. I used it a lot when practicing transcription in my speech sound disorders class. Very helpful! 
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    AlwaysaFalcon got a reaction from bibliophile222 in Please Help !! Applying to Grad Programs for the Second time   
    It took me three application cycles to become accepted into graduate school! Maybe you can take time to volunteer or work in areas related to the field. I volunteered at an integrated preschool that worked with typically developing children and children with autism and down syndrome. I also got more letters of recommendation to try and make me stand out. Take time to improve your application. Feel free to PM me!
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    AlwaysaFalcon got a reaction from SRod2015 in Gap year & then application   
    I had unintended two years off between my undergraduate degree and pursing my masters degree. I discussed my continued interest in the field and my experience involved in populations related to speech language pathology. I volunteered at an integrated preschool where I observed an slp that worked with the preschoolers. I believe programs like varieties in their cohorts so for me I think the experience helped me stand out. 
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    AlwaysaFalcon got a reaction from Ecstatic! in Things you want/needed for grad school   
    I love my dry erase board. My friend got a me a bunch of items that she wished she'd had in grad school and that was one of my favorites. I used it a lot when practicing transcription in my speech sound disorders class. Very helpful! 
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    AlwaysaFalcon got a reaction from BioCook in Gap year & then application   
    I had unintended two years off between my undergraduate degree and pursing my masters degree. I discussed my continued interest in the field and my experience involved in populations related to speech language pathology. I volunteered at an integrated preschool where I observed an slp that worked with the preschoolers. I believe programs like varieties in their cohorts so for me I think the experience helped me stand out. 
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    AlwaysaFalcon reacted to floridaslp in Being told no   
    I graduated with a 3.3 and got into 3 masters programs! You definitely have a shot of getting in. I'd set your sights on "less competitive" schools that will accept students within your GPA range. You can use ASHA EdFind to search for schools that accept students with your stats and go from there.
    I'd also suggest looking into schools in the UK if you'd be open to it. UK grad programs, while similarly competitive, often have higher enrollments and they look at more than just GPA, plus they don't require the GRE. It's no secret that in American schools it's a bit of a numbers game, meaning GPA and test scores, but in the UK they stress interviews (done via Skype if you're overseas) and an applicant overall, which I think is great as a competent clinician is more than his or her GPA. There's an agreement between the UK and US (as well as many other countries) for licensure, so your degree would be recognized. Plus, to my surprise when I was applying, it's often far less expensive than a master's program in the states! 
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    AlwaysaFalcon reacted to Louly in What do you wish you knew when starting grad school? Grad school advice!   
    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 than two hours (until you know your kiddo quite well and/or perfected a few habits). Your classmates/professors/staff members are your colleagues. You do not have to like them but be respectful. Do not burn bridges. Treat this experience like a job because it is. Do not gossip. Research is so important in graduate school. Learn how to read articles. Be flexible. Everything you planned for in your session will most likely by altered by that little 5-year-old in front of you. Another clinician is currently using an item you needed? Find a different toy/activity that can still elicit what you want. Your client is having a bad day? you might end up tossing your lessons away and doing whatever to get them back on track. You will find yourself doing the most silliest things ever just for that speech production.  Even after a month of therapy, you'll still be nervous to see your clients and have NO clue what you are doing. LOL. That two minutes you have until your session starts is still a lot of time. You'll adjust to working under pressure. You're a natural, trust me. You know more than you think you do.  GOOD LUCK! 
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    AlwaysaFalcon reacted to Rorororosy in What do you wish you knew when starting grad school? Grad school advice!   
    I just posted a blog on ten things you need for graduate school. 
    Things I wish I knew, You'll probably cry and its fine, its nothing to be ashamed of, you need to find at least one good friend, and when I mean good friend, like someone you can trust. It will make the difference, that you should put some efforts into building relationships with both your classmates and your supervisors. I wish I knew that, it was going to feel bad to not know anything but that feeling of being uncomfortable was just temporary. I wish that I followed my gut more, and wasn't so worried about what I was doing wrong or right and really just tried to connect with my clients that first semester. I wish I knew that there are SO MANY resources online. I underutilized my resources. I wish I had started working out my first semester and not just completely abandon my life! Also, that making lists and using priority lists for that matter was going to save me, you can't get everything done, its almost impossible. 
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    AlwaysaFalcon reacted to slporbust2016 in Things you want/needed for grad school   
    The number one thing that I appreciated having during grad school is Google Drive. I'd recommend organizing by classes as well as making folders for topic areas for resources. It's amazing to be at an externship and be able to pull up all of your materials. Also, when a computer died on me during grad school--no problem. I had everything organized and backed up already. 
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