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bibliophile222 last won the day on September 11 2019

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  1. Considering that only one semester that first year would involve juggling clients, and that it covers tuition, then I say go for it for the first year. 20 hours a week is about the absolute maximum that anyone should work in a full-time grad program, but a couple people in my cohort did 20 hours or so a week and made it work. The second year it might not be possible to keep it unless its remote or only on weekends, since you might be doing placement during the day and class at night, but one year of paid tuition is still a great deal. And who knows, maybe sometime in the first year some sort of remote position could become available for your second year.
  2. Yep! It's amazing how many good restaurants are packed into the Amherst/Northampton area.
  3. I believe it's just like undergrad in that public colleges and universities differentiate between in-state and out-of-state tuition, but private colleges don't.
  4. I picked up my diploma today. I think now it finally feels 100% official! I am now Bibiliophile222, M.S., CF-SLP Candidate.
  5. I worked all through grad school, but only 5-10 hours a week. I got work-study jobs on campus because they were so flexible. There might be some semesters where it could be tough to work during the week because you may have placement during the day and classes in the evening. A bunch of people in my cohort also worked. I think up to 20 hours a week would be doable for someone with excellent time management skills, but if you're like me and you tend to dilly-dally, maybe 10 or so hours would be better. It definitely would have been much easier not to work at all, but any bit of extra income helped!
  6. Personally, I get excited exploring a new area, and I've moved enough in my life to not really feel homesick. The hardest part of moving for me this last time (I know this is silly) was finding new restaurants. I'd lived in my previous area for over a decade and had many an amazing meal at Johnny's Tavern, Thai Garden, Ginger Garden, The Black Sheep, and Primo Pizzeria (major bonus points if anyone can guess where I was living!) After two years in my new location, I still feel like I don't have a favorite pizza or Chinese place, and I'm lacking that strong connection to the businesses that I had before. I guess the moral of the story is that I shouldn't eat out so damn much!
  7. This is definitely hard to do in grad school, but try to maintain as much work-life balance as possible. Go to school every weekday (if you're in an on-campus program) and get as much work done as possible at school so that you have some time to decompress at home. It took me until my last semester to realize that when I don't do my work at home, it's easier to treat school like a job and work hard all day instead of procrastinating and taking lengthy breaks like I did. Of course, sometimes this isn't always possible (especially in a pandemic when we're all stuck at home) but it helps!
  8. I don't think a lot of people in the SLP sub check the Q & A section. Try posting back in the SLP sub. Also, if you haven't checked it out already, reddit has an SLP and an SLP Grad subforum where you can talk to more people who have been through this process.
  9. Today is my birthday and my graduation day. At first I thought it was a bummer that we're doing a virtual ceremony, but now I'm really excited about it. It's just our department, so it will be very intimate and personalized. We're doing things like senior quotes and superlatives, individualized remarks about us from the professors, and two of us are giving speeches, none of which would have been able to happen in a traditional ceremony. Aside from not bring able to celebrate together in person, I'm actually happy that it turned out this way.
  10. I'm really not sure. You'd have to ask someone in the department for that info.
  11. Reddit has an SLP and SLP Grad School sub forum. You could post there and see who is in the area and is interested. However, for best results I would suggest checking your local universities. If they have an SLP grad or undergrad major (it might be called Communication Sciences and Disorders) then contact someone in the department and they can recommend students who might be interested.
  12. Some online post-baccs take longer, but not all. The one I did at Pacific University was only 2 semesters. I had zero extracurriculars, just a lot of completely unrelated work experience. Seriously, though, please do not stress so much about a post-bacc! Getting into one is much easier than getting into grad school.
  13. I was just going through some old files from undergrad and found something that made me cry from laughter. My undergrad was online at a for-profit school, so there were some students that, well, maaaybe weren't ideal candidates for higher education, to put it politely. In one class there was this girl who wrote INSANE discussion posts. In addition to the terrible grammar and lack of insight into the topic, her posts were incredibly long and veered from wild tangent to even wilder tangent. She found vocab words (I'm guessing from the thesaurus in Word) that made no sense in context but substituted them in for simpler words. So it turns out that I saved all of this girl's bizarro discussion posts in a Word doc and was able to reread them all. It feels like Christmas! I think my favorite line is "The cusp is that ants are a common living thing these days. That will never go away. The cogent is how many are there???" Amazing.
  14. Not in my experience. I got into Pacific University's and UVM's online post-bacc programs and both application processes were really simple and quick. I have heard that some California post-baccs are hard to get into because of the high demand, so you have to submit your app right when the portal opens (someone correct me if I'm wrong about this). Another option would be for you to apply as a non-degree student and take a la carte prereqs online through ENMU or USU. I've heard good things about either of those options, and since you're not entering a program I would imagine that they accept everybody. Relax! Getting your prereqs really shouldn't be that stressful--just make sure you do well in them!
  15. I've been a horrible, chronic procrastinator since 3rd grade but managed to turn everything in on time during grad school! What helped me the most was using a planner. I would write down what needed to be done each day and then cross it off. Crossing things off was incredibly satisfying. There were plenty of times when I didn't get each day's tasks done, but seeing it there un-crossed-off would nag at me so that I still completed it before the deadline. Another thing that just naturally helped was when things were due. Generally, I would do my class readings during the week because they required less mental energy than writing. I therefore saved the bulk of my written work for the weekend, when I had two whole days to do nothing but schoolwork. Since things were generally due at the beginning of class, I always ended up finishing work a couple days before the due date. If something came up and I couldn't finish it on the weekend, I would still have a few days of wiggle room. The third thing that really helped me was to break up tasks into smaller chunks. If you have to read 4 chapters, read one each day instead of putting off all of it. One day, do the research for a paper, the next day write an outline, and the third/fourth days write the paper itself. Write down each step in your planner so you can cross it off and feel motivated. One of the good things about grad school is that a lot if your work will be practical: either clinic documentation or practical assignments. Theres more motivation to get the work done because it's less abstract and more meaningful. Also, this may vary by program, but we didn't have any long papers to write. All our teachers taught us to be succinct and enforced maximum page limits, so I hardly ever wrote anything longer than 4 or 5 pages, which made it easier to avoid procrastinating.
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