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    Speech-Language Pathology

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  1. Ugh, I feel you! I finished my grad program in May, so thank God I'm not juggling that anymore, but I'm a brand new SLP starting my first year in a middle school. My task list keeps growing, I have stuff to organize and set up that I've never done before, I don't know where things are in the building because admin didn't realize that new staff should have a building tour, and I feel like it's just a matter of time before all the parents realize I have no idea what I'm doing. Also, do we have the same SO? Needy, clingy, works a pretty basic job that he gets way too anxious about, but also a total sweetheart who absolutely adores me. Annoying at times, but mostly wonderful. At least one of your spheres is going okay!
  2. My program was a clinical masters program, so probably a bit different from yours, but one of my clinic supervisors was notorious for an insane amount of track changes and multiple drafts required for every piece of clinical writing. It was frustrating at first to make all the requested changes, hand it in, then have to make entirely separate revisions on the next draft, but it was something we just had to get used to. I feel like when writing for almost any professor there's an adjustment period where you learn their preferred style and tailor the writing to that style. Over time, I began to know what my supervisor was looking for and ended up with fewer and fewer changes as I went along. It was something I just had to shrug off and adapt to, just like for any other professor, and it made my writing stronger in the process.
  3. Nope, not in our field. Check the US News rankings. There are just as many public schools mixed into the top 20 as there are private schools. I went to a state school ranked in the top 40 with excellent graduate outcomes, good research opportunities, well-organized, and a wonderfully supportive faculty.
  4. I actually did not need conditional acceptance because my missing class was one that they didn't require for admission. If you have it, great, if not, you take it during the grad program. There were maybe 5 or 6 of us that took it in grad school. I actually did take phonetics again because Pacific had a set bunch of courses you had to take to complete the program. It was okay, though, because my linguistics phonetics class was more about the linguistic theories and didn't have as much IPA and sound locations, so it was nice to take it through the lens of an SLP instead of a linguist. I do want to warn that not all schools will take you if you're missing prereqs. They might have a conditional acceptance and you have to take them the summer before you begin school. I think that was the case for one school I applied to. For all I know, others might be super strict and want all of them complete before they even accept you. The best plan is to check carefully with each school and see what they require.
  5. You sound just like me, linguistics major and all! There is no nice and easy answer, unfortunately. I knew which schools I wanted when I started my post-bacc, so I was able to look up the prereqs on their program website and make sure they matched up. It wasn't a perfect match, and I did end up having to take a final prereq during the summer of my grad program. Looking back on it, I can't remember if I would have been okay at the other schools or if I would have had to take one or two extra there as well. Your best bet is to pick a post-bacc with a decent selection of courses that are really common to all grad programs, then apply to schools that don't have a ridiculous number of prereqs. I did my post-bacc online through Pacific University. It had 8 courses: phonetics, A&P, audiology/hearing rehab, clinic methods, neuroanatomy, language development, intro to CSD, and speech science. These are all the basics that you'll need. Just note that California schools, for instance, tend to require a lot of courses that are typically only grad level, like speech sound disorders and fluency. I only applied to East Coast schools, so it worked out for me, but if you want to apply to California schools you should probably take a post-bacc through one of them as well. As far as cheapest, I don't know the answer for sure. Pacific was pretty reasonable, but I've also heard people say that USU and ENMU are pretty cheap.
  6. I'm starting my first full-time job in my field (speech pathologist at a middle school) at the end of August, and my part-time job ends at the end of July, so I was getting really stressed about finances and was debating paying rent late or borrowing money from family. My credit's in the crapper now from grad school, and my options are really limited. However, I heard from my school district that because of the way the pay periods work, my first pay check will be on August 13th, before I even start working. Things are still a bit tight, but that two-week jump start on pay makes an enormous difference, and waves of relief keep washing over me.
  7. All the classes you'll need for a speech pathology major are taken in college. Go ahead and take intro to healthcare if it sounds interesting to you, though! It also might be helpful to take AP Biology and AP Physics (or chemistry, if there is one?), because ASHA, our regulatory organization, requires college-level courses in biology, either physics or chemistry, statistics, and some sort of social science like psychology. If you can take these courses in high school and get college credit for them, then you won't have to take them in college and will have more space for a minor or relevant electives.
  8. 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.
  9. Yep! It's amazing how many good restaurants are packed into the Amherst/Northampton area.
  10. 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.
  11. I picked up my diploma today. I think now it finally feels 100% official! I am now Bibiliophile222, M.S., CF-SLP Candidate.
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
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