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    2018 Fall
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    Audiology

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  1. Hi so I’m actually a current AuD student so I thought I could shed a bit of light onto paying loans off and figuring out maybe how expensive could be too expensive/crippling debt. The first thing to consider I think is your undergrad debt. When thinking of paying off loans you NEED to consider how much you have taken out in undergrad loans. I personally, risked it for cost for my AuD program and I have lucked out with not taking out too much. But I also have undergrad debt. I have heard a rule of thumb is don’t take out more than your starting salary. My significant other currently makes a tad less then the average starting salary for an AuD or SLP and he pays $1000/month in loans (by choice) and we are still able to go out to dinner/do things for fun. So I think the real question with loans is what is your lifestyle like? Can you live like a grad student years after you’ve graduated to pay off those loans. I too hope for PSLF or total student loans repayment BUT I also took out loans in an amount that will be manageable to pay back in 5-10 years just in case those programs disappear or don’t pass.
  2. I appreciate everyone right to an opinion but I think negativity is not beneficial and this is the weakness our field faces. Those that do not support audiologists are a cause for the reasons some audiologists do not like their jobs. I’m a current AuD student and I have LOVED my experiences so far so prospective students keep your chins high. In my outside sites I have felt respected by other medical professionals and they value the work that we do. Interdisciplinary education is important and audiology is growing in importance and this is reflecting in our recognition and referrals from other professionals. I have experienced a vast scope of practice and SO much more than “just diagnostics” in my clinical placements. I’ve been involved in tinnitus evals and treatment, Auditory processing, educational audiology, pediatrics, assistive listening devices, fitting custom hearing protection, the moment of fitting a patient with hearing aids for the first time or new hearing aids it honestly amazing. I agree the pay may not be exactly what you would imagine for a doctorate degree but you are in this field for something beyond the pay. You enter this for a patients and honestly THAT is how you stay happy in any career because you truly enjoy what you do everyday. Also for that median salary that seems a bit skewed to me. I know individuals that start out and receive 80k a year starting and that’s in the Midwest where the cost of living in low. A also saw a recent job posting for the Midwest in a densely audiologist populated area and starting was 72k which is not bad at all. Also I do not agree with that statistic of individuals dropping out is also wrong. I would say if anything 1 student for less per class drops and often it is due to personal reasons not due to loss of faith in the field. If you are a prospective student don’t let negativity get in your way. This can be an incredibly supportive profession especially if you know the people to surround yourselves with. We are in this to help people and improve their quality of life. I have loved my experiences with patients and the respect they and other professionals give me and THAT is why I am proud to be a future audiologist.
  3. I went to Grand Valley for undergrad so I was there when they first started developing the AuD program. I loved being a student at GVSU, Grand Rapids is beautiful and the facilities at GV are great. They speech-language pathology program has a great reputation so I’m sure with time the AuD program will too! Congrats, Anchor up and get ready to be a Laker for a Lifetime 💙⚓️
  4. Hello all! I’ve commented on this forum a few times but I’ve been seeing lots of questions about things that I feel like only a current student (or faculty members) might know the answers to so I wanted to reach out and provide some opinion and information I’ve learned from others/experience. 1. Funding and scholarships- there are a few scholarships available distinctly for AuD students one that I know is the ASHA Graduate Student Scholarship it has a May deadline. Funding varies greatly by department. Based on my experience information about most departmental funding was provided with admissions. I had 2 funding offers with my acceptance, 1 acceptance mentioned they had limited funding available, 1 school told me unfortunately I wasn’t offered for the first semester (likely as I was in-state) but they try to give everyone 1 semester of funding, and various others that mentioned university scholarships for in-state tuition. It’s also not wrong to reach out to a school about funding. I would compile a list of questions I wanted to know (did students work while in school, clinical placements examples, what are funding opportunities for the future, ask about research if interested). 2. I was never placed on a waitlist for a school, but from what I’ve heard YES people do get off waitlists. But I think it depends on the school. I know my university hasn’t had to move to the waitlist for years. Think about it so many people are accepted to all the same programs and you can’t only attend one so the option is possible. If you’re on a waitlist reach out, see if they’d be willing to tell you what your place on it is. Show that you’re still interested. 3. Admitted students days- I am SO sorry for your class as you can’t experience these amazing departments in person because of COVID-19. However, I know at least at my university we are doing all we can to still make our virtual admitted students day as personable as possible. If your school isn’t having an admitted students day this is even more of a reason to reach out and ask questions. Ask for a contact of a current student and ask them questions! 4. Loans- loans will likely happen because unfortunately AuD programs don’t have a ton of funding. But in this profession you’re in it for the work you’re doing not the payday. In my honest opinion loans are okay in moderation. I have taken out loans but I’ve also had funding opportunities, but I took out loans when I didn’t have funding. I work part time to offset the loans I need to take out. I hope this is helpful for some of you guys. If you got into a program (or multiple) congratulations, if you’re waiting on a waitlist spot don’t give up, if you didn’t get in anywhere reach out to those programs and ask what could make your application stronger in the future then work on that. Feel free to message me and I would love to help as I can (social distancing really gives me more free time then I know what to do) Best of luck to all!
  5. ASHA has a graduate student scholarship you could probably apply for. Check the speech-language hearing association for the state you are going to school for. AAA also has scholarships but for many you must be nominated by your department for them and only 1 student/school can be nominated. Check the academy of audiology for your state as well. CaptionCall has a scholarship each year but the application cycle has already passed. Aside from those places that’s all that I know of that are audiology related. Unfortunately, there aren’t many scholarship opportunities specific to our field but it’s always worth a shot!
  6. Current AuD student here. I think this question depends greatly on how much undergrad student loan debt you already have balanced with the debt you think you can handle. A rule of thumb I have heard is to not take out more in loans then a starting salary. So I would say not take out more than $70k or so total. However, some people take out that much for their undergrad alone. I personally will take out roughly 18,000 for my graduate school but I am expecting to drain most of my savings to pay for this summers tuition and hopefully have a paid externship and not take out loans for this time. But I was fortunate enough to come into school knowing my first year was covered and I found out my 3rd year will be covered via an traineeship. I NEVER take out more loans then I need and will only take out loans for tuition I work a part time job and use my savings account for paying for living expenses during the year I also have a roommate and live in a cheaper apartment (no fancy amenities) so that I take out less loans in the long run.
  7. I’m sure departments will work on the best ways to provide you the opportunity to learn more about their program. However, these AuD programs that have had the university suspend in person course work are working diligently to ensure that their current students are still getting access to clinical opportunities and education. This is definitely a stressful time for students, but it is also stressful for faculty and staff so please just keep this in mind.
  8. Many universities are cancelling face to face classes but not clinical experiences for students. Courses/events are cancelled due to the large number of people present in close proximity, admitted student days may not fall into this category. I would recommend contacting the university or waiting for an email before assuming something is cancelled.
  9. I go to Ohio State. The letter the president announced to the university pretty much said the risks of not closing down face to face instruction outweighs the disruption this may cause. There’s no word yet on how this will impact labs for students or clinicals. I’m actually a current AuD student thought and last week my department made an announcement they have already been planning supplemental clinical opportunities should we potentially lose some clinical opportunities. I’m grateful to attend a university that cares about the well being of students, faculty and staff and to be in a department that I know is proactive and working towards still providing the best education possible even if we cannot meet in person
  10. No confirmed cases in our county even first ones in the state yesterday. But it’s a BIG university and we are currently on spring break so I think that plays a role as well with students traveling. Courses will be taught online in the meantime
  11. This is likely going to happen. My university just cancelled all face to face instruction until the end of March and potentially longer if needed. Many universities are being proactive as students safety are their upmost importance
  12. Current 2nd year AuD student who was accepted to all 7 school I applied to (I went a bit overboard on applications) No one will know what exactly makes an application stand out to besides that specific universities application committee. However, these were my stats, previous experience, my experience from discussions with professors. I have a 154 verbal, 157 quantitative, and a 4 or 4.5 writing (I can’t remember that part) my undergrad GPA was 3.7ish. Things I have heard stand out: your letters of recommendation (I believe this is huge), your personal statement, and any additional things you did in school (did you work in the field, did you do research, were you an athlete, were you an RA) IF a school does interviews obviously this will likely be considered heavily because this will give them the best idea of who you are, if you will fit in at their program etc. Again I am not on the admissions committee at any university as I am a student but this is my experience and my understanding from the process. Feel free to direct message me if you have any questions about applying I would love to help!
  13. I feel like unfortunately you may need to wait for the next application cycle. It may be worth your time to connect with someone in that audiology department at that university and ask. But I know my university does separate admissions entirely for SLP and Audiology and I think the decisions committee is composed of all different people. It doesn’t hurt to ask but I know programs accept individuals based on the number of applications received and it likely is too late to switch even within the same university.
  14. In 2018 I applied to ETSU and was accepted. I did a brief phone interview but I think it’s because I inquired about interviews. During the interview I was told that there was a 99% chance of me being accepted. About 2 weeks later I got an acceptance email with a GA offer. Then about a week later I got an updated even better GA offer. But I ultimately decided not to attend there. It was my spring break I got my official acceptance from ETSU so about the second week of March.
  15. I just wanted to share a bit of advice as a current AuD student and someone who went through this process a few years ago. On interviews: be yourself, know why you want to go to that school, be able to talk about what brought you to audiology and what some of your interests may be. When it comes to picking a program it is important to consider costs and GA positions but it is SO MUCH more than that. Obviously don’t collect a bunch of debt if you can avoid it, but also don’t pick a school solely on cost. Look at what the clinical opportunities are and are you required to find your placements or does someone do that for you (during the first 3 years of 4 year program). Do they have any specialized classes that you are interested in or faculty members that are known for a specialty (ie. tinnitus). Visit the school and try to imagine if you could see yourself there for 3+ years. Ask for contact information from a current student there. If your considering a 3 year program definitely talk to students there and think about what you can handle, especially if you have to work part time in school. I definitely couldn’t imagine fitting everything I am learning and doing into 3 years (which I did consider) and I applaud the students who are able to do that. Best of luck to all of you in this exciting process!
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