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  1. If I remember correctly I was able to bring my Q score up from 137 to 141-where it stayed the last 2 out of 3 total times I took the GRE. It gave me massive anxiety but I ended up being surprised at how little it likely mattered in the end, because I was still accepted. 144 is much better than even 141 (in terms of percentiles) so this is not the end of the road for you! ? The first time I took the GRE, I spent most of my time on the V and AW sections and very little on Q. The second time around, I focused almost exclusively on Q (with some time on V and AW) and that's what brought my Q score up so much. I figured that since the exam is so reliable, I'd end up with the same V and AW scores if my study tactics for those sections remained the same-and they did, because I only brought those scores up by 1-2 points. The THIRD time around, I pushed my exam from the end of September to the first week of October, not realizing that school would be taking over my life at that point and that I'd have very little time to study for the GRE. I ended up taking a huge neuro exam within that same week, and the stress of it all gave me a terrible cold that I had to take with me to my final GRE exam. ?Que sera sera I guess? So that's my only warning about taking the exam while you're back in school-if the semester is already making you very busy, it might affect your studying for the GRE! But you could also combat that by having great time management skills, something I really lacked then. My experience (and that of my friends) showed me that your Q score is not THE most important thing in your application. We're applying to become SLPs, not mathematicians! So you could potentially do what I did and trust your V/AW study methods in order to focus more on studying for a better Quant score. Utilize your resources-prep books, Magoosh, videos on YouTube (I highly recommend finding ones on middle and high school math problems), Khan Academy, and help from friends. Having already taken the exam, you know more than you did the first time about what kinds of problems stump you. Do you need to work on geometry, or algebra? Are you forgetting basic math in the heat of trying to answer a question? Focus on what was tough then to make it easier next time. You got this! Good luck!
  2. Instead of a tutor, I bought one of Kaplan's GRE prep books, and once I became serious about it and studied long and hard, I improved my Quant score. I also had friends who were proficient at math who I could send my questions to. Additionally, I relied on Khan Academy videos, Magoosh, and a variety of YouTube videos to help me out. In terms of the other aspects of application season-writing your personal statement, preparing for interviews, the whole nine yards-I think your professors are a huge asset. I went to professors who knew me well and who were honest with me about what schools I had a good shot at, read over my PS, etc. I also had a friend who went to a professor who only vaguely knew her, but who gave her completely un-biased opinions and advice-I wish I did that too! When it comes time to prep for interviews, I think that places like GradCafe and SLP-related blogs and websites have great field-specific tips, but some of the best advice I got came from those I knew who weren't affiliated with the field at all. I would do mock interviews on FaceTime with friends who gave me feedback on my body language/tone of voice, or speak to other parents and adults I knew who had great insights as well. I'm not saying that paid tutors, consultants, etc. DON'T help, but there are also plenty of free resources that can help as well!
  3. I think you're A-Okay! I can't tell you how many times my C+ in Linguistics (which was required for my major and factored into my major GPA) from freshman year had me dissolving into a puddle of tears, especially when the time finally came for me to start applying. Your past does NOT define you, and if you've made a point to improve your grades since then, I feel that a C in Stats won't be an absolute deal-breaker on your application. If you feel the need to explain how you got this grade (maybe you had a bad semester, maybe math isn't your strongest subject), then you could possibly do so in your personal statement, but I personally don't think that's necessary.
  4. Perhaps we could make this a thread of people who are willing to look over personal statements, so that no one person gets overwhelmed with requests and anyone who needs an opinion can have one? I'm an incoming first year grad student who LOVES to edit or just provide feedback on anything, whether it's topics you're thinking of using, the flow/clarity of your statement, etc. I applied to quite a few schools with different essay requirements, had to write additional essays, and picked a difficult/sensitive topic for my PS, so I can offer all kinds of advice. PM me and I'd be more than willing to help out!
  5. In order to save money, I'm going to be moving back home permanently (at least for the next two years!) after undergrad to live with my parents while attending grad school. Even though I know this is the best decision for me, I have some doubts. My parents have proved again and again over the course of my undergrad career that they do not fully respect my autonomy as an adult, even after living on my own and holding down jobs both while at school and at home. I worry that I'll be trying to study, do homework, or go out and be social, and they'll harp on me not "being closer with the family" or "not doing enough to help out around the house," etc (speaking from experience since they made comments like this when I've been home for breaks or vacations over the last four years). Obviously, I'll still help out with chores and errands as needed, and obviously I'll still try to spend time with them-they forget that I was still doing chores and errands when living with roommates in off-campus apartments! However, I know that grad school has to become my biggest priority, and they need to realize that even if I'm living at home, my focus and availability is going to be different from what it was in undergrad. I have my own desk/study space in my childhood room upstairs, and I intend to make that a place where I'll be spending most of my time at home-that is, if they can restrain themselves from saying I'm "ignoring them" all the time by being in my room with the door shut. Yes I lived at home when I was in high school, and I got my homework done just fine then, but that was different from undergrad, and will be especially different from my life in grad school! I guess I'm just looking for advice on how to tell my parents that I need to draw the line. They were about to become empty-nesters since my youngest sibling just committed to moving away from college, but now that I'm staying home, they're relieved-and also may be thinking that I'm going to have more time being around them than I'll actually have.
  6. I just committed to MGH IHP today! I'm so relieved to be done with this crazy process, and now so excited for the next step-my future!
  7. Hi, I was going to take myself off the waitlist but I just received an email this morning that said they have filled all their spots for accepted students and are no longer accepting applicants for next Fall. I wish your friend the best of luck.
  8. The only solution that really helped me was cutting myself off from applications as much as possible so I could focus on something else. I'd try and spend time away from my laptop (and even time away from my phone, although that was way harder than I'd like to admit, lol) and read, go for a drive or a walk outside, make myself something to eat that would take a while to make...Anything that involved me not being near the internet. I knew that if I had access to my laptop, even if I was just trying to watch Netflix, it would be so easy to open a new tab and check on my applications. I had to really discipline myself, but in the end it paid off. Something to keep in mind: your application will update, or a decision email will be sent out, whenever it's going to be updated/sent out. And while you think it would be wonderful to have just randomly checked on your application status to find that you got admitted, in the grand scheme of things, would it make a difference whether you found out the second you checked your applications on your own free will vs. if you found out at a time when you weren't checking them? My mom mentioned this to me when I was checking constantly, and while my initial reaction was "but I want to hear back right now, so I need to check all the time!" The more I thought about it, I realized it wasn't going to make that much of a difference if I heard back whenever the department decided to let me know. I had to trust that I was going to find out somehow, and no amount of checking was going to guarantee that I heard back sooner. I eventually had a routine: I allowed myself to check on my applications once in the morning when I woke up, and once in the evening around 5-6pm, and that was it. That way I could tell myself that if a decision had been made, I could find out either a.) when I woke up in the morning, or b.) when the day was done.
  9. Even after being accepted, I'm still conscious of the fact that I was often waiting to hear back WEEKS after my other classmates had been accepted into programs that I had also applied to, or waitlisted to schools that several of my classmates were accepted to. During my whole senior year I've been very susceptible to anxiety brought on by my classmates talking about the application process, admissions decisions, and now plans for the future. It can be very hard to not be affected by this, and I'm proud of you for still trying to keep a brave face despite being bombarded with questions! I second hopefulslp1's advice on spending time with friends who aren't in your major. These people are truly your greatest allies when you feel overwhelmed. Whether you want to discuss grad school with them or not, I think they're valuable company to turn to. How I've handled my emotions throughout this time of year may not be the smartest solution for everyone, but as someone who already deals with anxiety in general, I did whatever I thought would be best for me at that time. There were plenty of days when I would wait until just before class began to come in and sit down, so I wouldn't hear or be asked about grad school. There were other times when I came in with headphones on while I waited for class to start, which helped tune everyone out. When asked questions it was REALLY hard for me to not get snippy, but I'd say "You'll know when I know!" and change the conversation. I also think that your professors can be wonderful resources to have when you're stressed about something like this! I used to be afraid to talk to professors about how upset I was that I hadn't heard back when other people did, or that I got waitlisted to a school that plenty of other people got into. I felt like I was being irrational. But every time I reached out to talk about my frustration, I was listened to without judgement, and given advice I never knew I needed. We can forget sometimes that our professors went through this experience too! The future feels scary. But for now, focus on the present, and do whatever brings you some comfort.
  10. Just made one today, I couldn't stand waiting any longer haha. Search MGH IHP CSD Class of 2020 and it should come up!
  11. MGH IHP's CSD group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/627611267571511/ (or search MGH IHP CSD Class of 2020)
  12. Btw, has a facebook group been made yet? Regardless I hope to see some of you at their Open House!
  13. I was accepted without funding. It's unfortunate, but since I live in the Boston area and can commute from home, and also because this school is ideal for my goals, I think I'm going to attend anyway. If you don't think that any other school can give you what MGH can, then (IMO) it's worth the price.
  14. I asked this question on the results forum, but I'll leave it here as well. Does anyone know when decisions from the University of Florida (UF in Gainesville) should arrive? Last year they sent out decisions this week (despite it being their spring break week then, as it is currently this year), but in 2016, decisions didn't come until what will be next week. Also, does anyone know if we would see our results on the ONE.UF application status portal, or will results be sent by email? Thank you!
  15. This program is highly interested in me, which is wonderful! However I'm not from the area and there's still so much more I'd love to know about it. Can anyone (particularly current students) tell me about what it's like at UNCG? Thanks!
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