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bibliophile222 last won the day on September 11 2019

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    Speech-Language Pathology

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  1. I'm in a similar position. My cohort has been tight-knit from the beginning and it really bums me out that a class we had a few weeks ago was probably the last time I'll see everyone together again. I wish we had known somehow and hung out before it was too late. The sad thing is that I'm a horrible correspondent, and as much as I want to keep in touch with everyone, I can see myself drifting away over time. I have a hard time making friends, and it was wonderful to so suddenly be friends (or at least friendly acquaintainces) with 17 other people. I'm hoping I can at least keep in touch with the few who stay in-state and go out to lunch when all this is over.
  2. I have a PDF that I uploaded to drive. PM me your email if you're still interested!
  3. I'm at UVM, and although were right in downtown Burlington, Vermont is a small, rural state. We don't have any problems finding school placements, but medical placements are obviously in shorter supply. Most people do their medical placement over the summer, and many people go home and do a placement in their home state. Those of us who stayed may have needed to drive a ways (I had a 45 minute commute for my placement in a SNF). The people who didn't do medical placements over the summer did them later at our university hospital, when more people were doing school placements and the demand was lower. On the plus side, since we have the only program in the state, those of us who stayed local didn't have any competition from people in other programs, as I imagine happens quite a bit in some areas. People who went home for the summer did sometimes have a lot of competition.
  4. Normally I would say go to whichever school is cheaper, but if the only loans you need are for living expenses I don't think that's too bad. A lot of people work a bit in grad school, and if you budgeted carefully and worked 10 or so hours a week at a flexible job then I don't think the loan balance would be too high. It sounds like Vanderbilt has everything you're looking for and may be worth the relatively small amount of loans you would accrue.
  5. So I know the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on not only people's health and livelihoods, but also on some very grad-school-specific issues like visiting prospective schools and meeting graduation requirements. On a personal note, I have a job in a school that's supposed to start in May, but if the school shuts down I won't have a job and will have to scramble to pay rent, which is really stressing me out. On a less-important note, I'm scheduled to graduate on my birthday, but if the ceremony is postponed or canceled it will go from being the best birthday ever to just another year into my 30s. 😖 So anyways, I know many of us here are pretty stressed, and I thought I would try to keep positive and find some silver linings to this pandemic to help us all feel a tiny bit better. If anyone feels like adding to the list, feel free! 1. The drastic decrease in travel will likely lead to a significant decrease in CO2 emissions, so at least the environment benefits a bit from this. 2. I know other developed countries don't have this issue, but in the backwards US, many employees don't have any form of paid sick leave. The virus has been leading to increased discussions of state and/or federally mandated paid leave. If this actually becomes a reality it will benefit millions of people. 3. If there's ever an even worse global pandemic (higher mortality rate, worse symptoms) this is at least teaching governments and individuals what works and what doesn't, so in the future hopefully they can handle it better. 4. I haven't read this anywhere, but it seems a safe bet that social distancing and other preventive measures will decrease the spread of other infectious diseases like the flu, which could at least save some lives.
  6. Our clinic director hasn't made a decision yet about closing the clinic, but I'm guessing it's just a matter of time. I'm a second year with all my hours completed, but I'm sure the first-years are stressing. However, I don't think it will be too bad because we get way more hours at our three off-campus placements than at the on-campus clinic, so ultimately I don't think missing a month or two of clinic would affect graduation! I am more concerned for my fellow second-years who don't have all their hours yet and are placed at schools that might shut down.
  7. You might want to post this in the SLP subforum, as far more potential CSD grad students will see it there. If you haven't been there yet, Go to the main menu and scroll until you see all the different degree programs.
  8. If you want to reach more current grads or full-fledged SLPs, check out the reddit SLP sub. I bet someone on that sub has been to at least one of those schools and will help you out!
  9. I'm in my last semester of grad school and way past the point of applying, but I had a great week that's worth sharing: I took the Praxis, got my 375th clinical hour, and set up an appointment to fill out hiring paperwork for a long-term SLP sub position that will run from May to mid-June. It's been a looong time coming, but there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel!
  10. Ranking doesn't matter, but things like a high Praxis pass rate (should be at or near 100%), program completion rate, and the school's reputation for good placement opportunities do. You want a school that can provide you with a wide variety of settings and not struggle to place students (I've heard horror stories). A high program completion rate is a sign that the program supports its students, and a high Praxis pass rate means the program teaches you everything you need to know. If the lower-ranked program has all these things, go for it. If either program is lacking in any of these areas, stay away.
  11. At my program, graduate housing is more expensive than off-campus housing, plus I have a partner and two cats that wouldn't have been welcome on campus. I would do some research on which option is cheaper. Either way, you having roommates is a great way to save money. Personally, I've had more than my share of living with roommates and plan on never doing so again, but that's just me.
  12. I just switched everything over to my new state because it felt easier and I wanted to establish residency. If you don't want to establish residency, then I guess it would be less time and money to just get an NC license so everything matches.
  13. Today has been a really good, productive day. I finalized my cover letter and applied to two jobs, got the final grade for a physics class I've been taking for the last eight months and sent the transcript to my department so I can graduate, did some prep for a client I'm seeing on Friday (not finished prepping, but it's okay), and completed two final transcripts for my research project (which consists of transcribing the mumbly speech of toddlers and then making a consensus transcription with another researcher, which takes hours and fries our brains). Of course, with all that accomplished I still procrastinated on doing my taxes and writing essays for another job application, but whatever, I still get to savor this moment!
  14. As someone who has done the out-of-state, high tuition school, I 100% agree with you. I love my program and have had a great experience, but I was foolish when applying and didn't do the research to apply to enough cheap schools. I was rejected from the one in-state program I applied to and should have applied to more even if I wasn't thrilled with the location.
  15. I agree with this. Also, you have to remember that professors are suuuuuper busy people. They need to teach, grade assignments, maybe do research, mentor students, be clinic supervisors, have staff meetings, etc etc. I feel like it's probably difficult to find times where the whole admission committee is in the same room together, plus the time it takes to actually decide on the applicants.
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