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About Pjeak

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    Speech language Pathology
  1. Hi guys. I'm currently entering into my 4th week of grad school and I'm really struggling. I have 2 clients and 1 group and writing lesson plans, making PowerPoints, and writing SOAP notes for this takes a majority of my time. I have no time to do the readings for my classes and study for exams. I have an exam today that I'm probably going to fail because I did t have time to study for it. I feel very discouraged and honestly want to quit. To add to that I'm a teaching assistant and clinic assistant. Does anyone have any advice on how to do all these things with such a limited amount of time?
  2. Dude I need help

    To be honest, I do not believe grades are the most important part of your application. As long as you have a 3.5 you will be considered. Graduate schools care more about the if you are a good fit for their program or if you would make a good clinician. If our application does not showcase these qualities, you will not get in, regardless of your grades. My overall GPA is a 3.1 and my GPA for my speech classes is a 3.5. I spent my first two years of college in a community college where a majority of my grades were C's. HOWEVER, during my last two years at my 4 year school, I became a tutor, a TA, and an Academic Personal Trainer. I was also very involved in NSSHLA and other clubs. So instead of surrounding my letter of intent around excuses for getting low grades, I let all the activities I was involved in speak for itself. LOR are also really important. If you can get your speech professor to explain to the school how good of a student you are despite of your grades, your chances of getting excepted will go up. Challenge admission directors to see outside of your grades and they will most likely accept this challenge. If you get an interview, be yourself. Don't lie, or pretend. In one of my interviews I talked about how I didn't do well on my AW the first time I took the GRE because I didn't trust my gut, and when I retook it I wrote how I wanted to write and did so much better. She appreciated my honesty and perseverance, and I was accepted into that school. I'm sorry this post is so long. I just don't want you to give up because your stats are similar to mine and I only got rejected form one school. GOOD LUCK. DM me if you need any more advice!
  3. I can't speak for all the schools, but I can speak for MGH. A friend of mine was accepted into MGH, she had a 3.8 GPA and much lower GRE. She also had a lot of volunteer experience, was a NSSHLA officer, and had a very inviting, humble personality. To me it looks like you are a perfect candidate for this school.
  4. Getting into grad school stats help

    I remember seeing a percentage but I can't remember where. I found this article maybe it will help you a little? http://www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/asha/publications/cicsd/1997SurveyoftheGradSchoolAdmissionsProcess.pdf
  5. What's your day job?

    Honestly while in undergrad I worked as a receptionist at a senior living home. I went away to school so I was only able to do it during breaks (Christmas, spring, etc.). It was only the best four years of my life and it turned me into the caring, patient person I am now. I talked about this in my letter of intent. You don't necessarily have to have SLP experience
  6. To Retake, or to Not Retake?

    I think those scores look great but it really depends on what programs you're applying to. The quantitative scores don't matter as much as the verbal so retaking it to raise you quant score wouldn't be necessary. What matters most is honestly your analytical writing score, schools ask for the GRE because it is important for you to be a good writer (Lesson plans, SOAP notes, treatment plans, etc) Hope this helps!
  7. Health Insurance

    If you can get an assistantship that would be best. You would be considered an employee of the school and have insurance through them.
  8. This question may be kind of strange, but what was the dress code at your grad schools? I'm nervous I'm not gonna have enough "clinic" clothes but I also don't want to break the bank. Good quality professional clothes is so expensive. I bought a couple of tops and slacks but I don't know if it's enough. Thank you!
  9. Anyone else bored and ready to start grad school. I'm literally counting down the days!
  10. CSDCAS grade forgiveness

    I failed one of my classes and retook it and got an A. CSDCAS honestly made me look like a mediocre student. I think schools know your CSDCAS scores are not completely accurate. St. Rose and Syracuse are both CSDCAS schools and I got in but I didn't get into NYMC.
  11. Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Thanks for all the responses! I know some GTAs actually make lectures and teach while others just grade so I wasn't sure what I would be doing. I will be a first year grad student so I'm worried it will be a lot along with my classes and clinic
  12. Tips for Completing Prerequisites

    A general biology class is fine and you don't need to have it fresh in your mind. Definitely don't take A&P. I took my sophomore year and this class is insanely difficult. It goes over each system of the body and you really only need to know from the chest up which you will learn in A&P FOR SPEECH AND HEARING MECHANISMS. Best time to take your GRE Is the summer before senior year just because you will have a lot of time to prepare (no classes to distract you), and if you need to take it again you can. However, you can take it about a month before application deadlines. Be sure to take it at least a month before because it takes a while to have the scores sent to your schools and CSDCAS. Good luck!
  13. Worried About Reapplying

    To add to my previous post, I would also recommend having a stellar letter of intent and be sure to have a good relationship with the professors who will be writing your letter of recommendation. Don't be afraid to talk about you lower scores in your letter (Not GRE though). In my letter I never made excuses for having lower score at my community college, but instead pointed out how and where I improved. For example, I stated how when I started finally learning about the field I was passionate about, my grades soared up. I also pointed out how a became an academic personal trainer to help students who also had a difficult time with the transition from high school to college. I had a great relationships with the people who wrote my letters of recommendation and I am sure those letters had a lot to do with my grad school acceptances. The GRE is such a minuscule part of your overall application. It is important, but shouldn't be your everything. Hope this helps!
  14. Worried About Reapplying

    Instead of concentrating so much of your energy on the GRE, I would suggest spending more time improving your resume/CV. Go out and get experiences! It sounds like your already off to a good start with becoming an SLPA. When you get off from work, don't go home! Volunteer! Maybe on the weekends you can work as a camp counselor at a camp with people who have disabilities. Do as many things as you can to boost your resume. This will show thT you are more than scores. Grad programs want to see what kind of person your really are. I know plenty of people with lower scores who got into grad school because they have a lot of relevant experience. My cumulative GPA was a 3.1, my major GPA was a 3.5 and my last 60 credits was a 3.5. My combined GRE was only 297. But I was very involved in my school and worked at a senior living home for 4 years so this mattered more to admissions committees. I will say I did get rejected from 1 school but I got accepted to 3. Good luck!