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  1. bibliophile222

    Gift for internship supervisors

    I've been thinking about this exact question for the SLP I've been observing. I know observation hours aren't the same as an internship, but I'd still like to give her a card to show how much I appreciated the opportunity. I've looked on Reddit, etc and the consensus seems to be that a card is greatly appreciated but a gift is not needed and if desired should be chosen with care so it's not awkward. It might be uncreative, but I think a gift card could work if it's something that reflects their personality, like a Starbucks card for a coffee lover or Barnes & Noble for a bookworm. Other people have mentioned getting things from Etsy, Peachy Speechie, or a gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers.
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    Working throughout Grad School

    I've pretty much flip-flopped from my original idea, which is that I would work about 20 hours a week, to only working the 5 or 6 hours a week allotted by work study. I know we have to keep our schedules flexible, with evening classes starting in the second semester, and time is at a premium. My partner and I will be sharing a car so I feel like the extra time and energy expended on an off-campus job isn't worth the most-likely low-wage position I could get. I'm going to bite the bullet, take out more in loans but live more sanely and happily, with real vacations. Fortunately my partner will be working, which will help with money. I actually feel like I'll be less stressed and burned out in grad school than I have been this last year, when I was doing my full-time post bacc and working 60 hours a week. I'm sure I'll regret it later when I have to pay the loans back, but for now it will be amazing to only have to focus on school.
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    CSDCAS Confustion

    I took the GRE over a year before I began applying. I picked schools I thought I was interested in and sent scores to those schools. You definitely don't need a CSDCAS account, since I hadn't even heard of it yet!
  4. bibliophile222

    Where to begin?

    Minus the military spouse and kids, I was in a similar-ish position. I dropped out after my first year of college, took a 9-year hiatus, and did the rest of my undergrad degree and post bacc online due to my busy work schedule. If anything, the time off from school lets you gain real world experience and shows grad programs that you can handle responsibility. As far as LORs go, it might depend on the program, but every school I applied to required at least two LORs from professors. If you can get a recommendation from your kids' SLPs that would be great, but ideally try for at least one professor who can speak to your classroom abilities. It is harder to connect with online profs, but there are ways (which I didn't properly utilize). They might have online office hours through Hangouts or another program. Ask questions or even just share what interests you in class. If there are discussions, write thoughtful posts and connect to real world experiences. If they get a sense of who you are, not just how well you write, they can write a decent recommendation even without the face to face experience. As far as a leveling program, I did a 2 semester post-bacc at Pacific University and recommend it. It's shorter than many leveling programs, it has a good selection of courses that would cover most schools' pre-reqs, the professors are good, and it's a certificate program, which enables you to get federal loans if you need them. It was about 10 grand for the whole program. Good luck! I think even with so-so LORs you have a decent chance. I used three online Linguistics professors that didn't know me very well and still got in. Stress your experience and work hard on your personal statement!
  5. bibliophile222

    What email should I use?

    Sorry, I guess I came off as a little flippant. You do make a good point about not using emails that are controversial or prone to a spam filter. However, you also never know--a personal email that is clever, related to speech-pathology or language, or is otherwise positive might make you noticed in a good way. As long as the email isn't noticeably inappropriate I don't see what grounds an admissions counselor would have to disregard an application. It's true that the application process is a sales pitch, and that in this profession appearances matter and professionalism is paramount, but I guess I'm just annoyed that this whole application process is so difficult and competitive that we even have to worry about trivialities, like email addresses, that have nothing whatsoever to do with our experience and abilities. Sorry again. I really don't know why this is bugging me so much. I'll stop ranting now, I promise.
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    GRE advice?

    I didn't know Magoosh existed at the time, so I used a free app which I think was Ready4 GRE. I did one or two sets of questions a day (10-20 minutes total) for about six weeks. I actually was stressing the whole time because the app predicted that based on my performance my Quant score would be 149, so I worked really hard on the math questions. The night before the test it still was only predicting a 150, but I ended up with a 164, so although it did a bad job at predicting, the extra effort it made me put into it really helped! The night before the test, I also took a free downloadable practice test (sorry, can't remember the name or where I got it) for the verbal and quantitative sections that mimicked the real test pretty well. I didn't practice writing because I feel comfortable with my writing ability, but I did look at examples of essays that scored a 3, 4, 5, or 6 just to get a feel for what they're looking for. Ultimately, how much you study depends on your learning style, test-taking abilities, and how comfortable you are with the material. I'm the type of person who tests well without studying much, and I still prepped for six weeks. The good thing is there are tons of different ways you can study, and worst-case scenario you can always retake it. I know it is a huge stumbling-block for a lot of people, so also make sure to make the rest of your application as strong as possible, just in case. Good luck!
  7. bibliophile222

    What email should I use?

    Personally, I don't see why it should matter what email you use as long as it doesn't contain profanity, drug references, hate speech, or anything else blatantly unprofessional. For application purposes the email may be used to set up your application portal or to contact admissions, but I doubt that it would have any part to play in the admissions process, nor should it. I guess I also just dislike the idea of having to suppress my individual personality just to sound like a professional drone. Too much conformity creeps me out! On the other hand, I also just watched four back-to-back episodes of The X-Files and I think it made me a little rebellious and paranoid. ?
  8. I completed an online post-bacc which was 4 classes per semester ( although one class per semester was a one or two credit course that didn't require as much work) while working 50-60 hours per week. Yucky, but doable. If I didn't have to work I probably could have done 6 courses at a time. If you can get away with working part-time or not at all, and you're a fairly quick learner who doesn't need huge amounts of time to study or complete papers, I think you can do it. You might fry your brain in the process, so try to take it easy the next semester!
  9. bibliophile222

    Schools for "average" applicants?

    I second the other advice as well, but especially the Moscow Mule, and its cousin the Cranberry Mule. ?
  10. Fellow out-of-fielder here--my undergrad was in Linguistics. It looks like we have pretty comparable stats. I completed a post-bacc through Pacific University's online program and got into 2 out of the 5 schools I applied to. You also have much more relevant work experience and better LORs than me, so I would be pretty optimistic about your chances. I got into NYU's online program with all of my prereqs completed, but with your stats and experience I feel like they'd be willing to take you on for the foundation coursework. If you do go the post-bacc route it will be cheaper than a year of grad school and allow you to get your feet wet without committing long-term. The downside is you need to pick your program carefully, since different grad programs have different prereqs. For NYU, there were two foundation courses that I would have needed to mix and match syllabi from my post-bacc and Linguistics classes (Language Development combined with Intro to Communication Disorders, and Language Development combined with Language Disorders) which I'm not sure they would have accepted. For UVM, I'm going to have to retake Aural Rehabilitation there because it was combined with Audiology in my post-bacc and they would only let it cover one course, but overall it worked out okay. I know admissions decisions can be capricious, so I'm not saying you'll definitely get in, but based on our similar stats I think your chances seem decent. Good luck!
  11. bibliophile222

    Grad School course textbooks for sale!

    I can't help you out personally, but I recommend that you post this in the SLP forum (scroll down until you see Professional Programs). You will vastly increase your target audience! If you haven't checked it out yet, it's also a really good place to bond, obsess, and waste time. ?
  12. bibliophile222

    What are your 4 dream jobs? Are you qualified for any of them?

    1) Speech-language Pathologist (what I'm actually going to school for) 2) curator of ancient manuscripts (Not really to do anything with them, just take them out and touch them because I can) 3) someone who works for a film studio and reads books to decide whether they would make good movies (not sure if this is a real job because I read about it in a young adult book) 4) some fantasy job where all I have to do is lie on a tropical beach reading books (lottery winner?)
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    How long is too long of a commute?

    Personally, I'd go with option 2, the one hour commute. You still save some money but are less isolated. 1 hour each way means you could get some homework done but not have an absurdly long day. 4 hours a day commuting sounds way too exhausting, and it sounds like you would have more fun living with friends closer to the city.
  14. Yeah, I applied to schools in the first semester of my post-bacc. You can definitely list ongoing coursework. Send an updated transcript after fall grades are posted. If you still need prereqs completed by the time you get a decision they'll just need you to send final transcripts when you're done. They might grant a conditional acceptance based on completing the prereqs, but my school gave me a regular acceptance.
  15. bibliophile222

    Low GPA... Is there hope for me?

    If you just want to retake a few classes it might be easier to take them as individual courses. A number of schools have in person and online programs. The catch is that if you don't do an official post-bacc program then you won't qualify for financial aid and will have to pay out of pocket- to get financial aid look for "certificate" programs and do the entire post-bacc. There are a bunch of reasonably priced options out there, and if you're okay with online classes this greatly widens your options. I did my post-bacc online through Pacific University. Other programs that cone to mind are UVM, Northwestern, ENMU, and Idaho State. Search past threads for other options. There's an application process for a post-bacc but it's not like a real college application, they typically just want your information and educational background, and maybe a brief personal statement. I found the process to be pretty smooth and have enjoyed my program.

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