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Everything posted by Jordyn_M463

  1. When I applied last year, I sent mine in without my official transcript and LORs. I would say send it with as much completed as you possibly can. But if it something that takes time, it should be fine. It didn't affect my acceptances.
  2. Its definitely not weird! I gave mine little hand written notes thanking them and mugs full of candy.
  3. I dont know where you are located but Edinboro University (Pennsylvania) gives all first year grad students a GA position. It covers 3/4 of your tuition and you get paid biweekly. 13.5 hrs of work a week. I am sure there are other programs that offer these positions as well. I just thought it was nice that all students get offered this their first year.
  4. Agreed with above. As long as there is no identifying information about the client (name/DOB/address/etc) you are fine to talk about it.
  5. I would agree with the above posts. You will probably have to just do some serious research. I would narrow it down to cost and distance you are willing to travel. Then look at schools you would be interested and their prerequisites. As for "safe environment", if you are meaning the area the school is located thats something that you can also research. As for toxicity in the actual program between cohorts/professors/faculty, that really isn't something that can be screened for unless you know people in the program. You could maybe ask people their opinions/experiences on specific programs. I a
  6. I ran out of willing professors to write my letters. I didn't have a huge connection with a lot of them because the classes were 100+ students. I asked my boss from my job. She had nothing to do with SLP or CSD but she knew me well and knew my work ethic. I know some people suggest not doing this, but I was accepted into almost all of the schools I applied to. In my case, it definitely did not hurt my chances. I just sent her a little bit about school and what the different schools were looking for. Then I sent her my statements of purpose and any essays I had written. I think that helped her
  7. I know for my program our medical placements will be 4-5 days a week, working the same shifts as our supervisors. Depending on the hospital/facility we get placed in, we may also have to stay a few extra weeks because that is what the hospital requires. Unfortunately, I don't think the long hours are that uncommon, although it does suck he will be taking class on top of that. Another possibility could be, since he is in his second year he will be trying to complete the minimum number of clinical practicum hours needed for graduation and certification. I know that we were told that it would be
  8. I was asked questions about my personality. Strengths, weaknesses, why would I be a good SLP/grad students. As well as questions about the importance of diversity and whether I had experienced diverse populations. It wasn't anything about "here is a scenario, what kind of treatment would you implement." They were all very broad questions trying to "get to know you as a person". I think the biggest thing is, can you interact with other people without it being awkward and uncomfortable. I wouldn't stress too much about it. I would also have a few questions to ask them about their program. They s
  9. Here are some tips I was given in undergrad: Forget about everything you bragged about in high school. Only include what happened in your undergrad unless it was something so significant. It doesn't have to be "basic". It should match your personality and have some flare but should be easy to read and not cluttered. If something isn't relevant and doesn't fit, don't include it. Highlight skills you have learned through your experiences that would be what they are looking for in a grad program. All this being said, don't fret too much about it. Look up a template
  10. I am in Western Pennsylvania. I applied to Clarion, IUP, Edinboro, Penn State, Cal U (all PA schools). I applied without any CSD professors as LORs (not from lack of trying) and was still accepted. My suggestion: if you can't get CSD professors, apply anyway. I honestly think it is a "strong suggestion". For out of field applicants especially, don't let it deter you from applying. Apply anyway.
  11. It is interesting to hear what kind of work your program has! So far, I have written 0 papers haha. We had to do a 2 page info/fact sheet on different special populations (Fragile X, Down Syndrome, ASD, cochlear implants, etc). Then we are going to take the entire cohorts populations and put them into binders so that we can have them to refer to when we are practicing clinicians. I found this specific project to be pretty helpful. My very first exam was an oral exam. We had to create a 3D model of the larynx and prove that we knew all the cartilages, bones, muscles, nerves and how
  12. So I would second the person above. The varied deadlines (ie. December, January, February) are when you need to pay that application fee for that school by. It would be safe to assume that everything else needed for your application, (LOR, letter of intent, transcripts, etc) should also be in by the time you pay that application fee. In your case, all of that important supplemental information would already be in there if you have a deadline of December. I would recommend then that is the deadline you give yourself. My advisor in undergrad said to aim for the end of Thanksgiving break. With th
  13. Also a first year grad student! I will give my experience so far, as everyone's experiences and programs seem to really differ. Classes: Monday/Wednesday: 8-9:15 & 9:30-10:45 Tuesday/Thursday:9:30-10:45 & 11-12:15 Fridays are free. Sometimes we have conferences and meetings and other things scheduled for that day but very rarely. All first year grad students are offered a graduate assistantship. If you choose to accept it, you create your own work schedule with your cohort. We are required to work 202.5 hours/semester (13.5hrs/week). We get paid $7.50/hr and get
  14. I would suggest retaking it if your quantitative score is very low. I can't say for sure that it would hinder you from being accepted but it is best to try to raise the score to be sure.
  15. If it has been a long time, maybe call them. Mine took around a month to be finally entered on the CSDCAS application site. That being said, it was past the application deadlines as well. It didn't hinder my chances of getting into grad school. Everything else was on CSDCAS on time and I paid the fees before the deadline and I was fine.
  16. I would say its up to you! I did some general quantitative studying for a month. Maybe an hour a day or a month. I refreshed myself on everything I should know but haven't practiced since high school. I will be honest, it was very minimal studying. I didn't put in nearly as much effort as I should have but I raised my score 8 points.. So in my case, all I needed was a brush up on all the things I haven't really thought of. I used a Kaplan book! You know yourself though! If you think you would really need to study to raise your score, and you can't commit to that, don't waste your money!
  17. I would seriously ask yourself if it is the difficulty adjusting or if it speech pathology that is effecting you. I say this because I would hate for you to "struggle through" and waste money and time on something you don't truly enjoy. If it is an adjustment issue, you could look into transferring or seek out opportunities to hang out with other people in your program! I know for me, I knew no one in my program when it started a month ago. About half of the program commutes from home! But my cohort started a GroupMe and when someone wanted to go out for drinks or to get dinner, they extended
  18. I agree with the person above. I came in with 0 research experience. Although, I do go to a school that does very little research. My program focuses more heavily on clinical practicum rather than the research aspect.
  19. Like the post above, you have pretty similar stats to what I applied with! (152V, 150Q and 4.0AW). I also had a 3.7 GPA. I applied to 5 schools in Pennsylvania and was accepted into 3, waitlisted to 1 and rejected to my "reach" school. My advice would be to find schools that have smaller programs that don't receive a lot of applicants. Look at their stats on edFind. Look for schools that have an interview process. It is always good to talk face to face. I feel like you make a better impression in person rather than on paper. Then just pad the rest of your application. Volunteer, work, unique e
  20. So I was given this structure from the department head of the SLP masters program of my undergrad school: Intro: I said "Why grad school" What will grad school do for you? What population do you want to work with? What setting? "What is your dream job" Why? (This is where I put some of my background experience that helped influence my decisions) What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Why this particular program? What about this school fits you? For this I would suggest "name dropping". Do some research about their professors and alumni that have bee
  21. Hi! To start off, if you read threads on this forum, you will find people who have had similar GPAs as you, and were accepted into programs. So I would encourage you to apply! When you are sending transcripts, you will probably need to send both (even from the first school as an education major) to show that you have taken all the prerequisite classes that ASHA and your grad program require. I know I took 4 college credits in calculus in high school and had to send that "transcript" to each school/CSDCAS even though it wasn't a CSD course or anything. Because of this, I think they will s
  22. You could connect it saying that working with those children was the deciding factor for wanting to work with children. (assuming that is the population you are hoping to work with). I don't think you need to say "I learned x,y/z about the SLP field while working this job". You could always say you learned characteristics/skills such as patience, empathy, organization, multi-tasking, etc. Then you could explain why maybe those characteristics make a good grad student and SLP. Just a suggestion: I wouldn't discuss every single thing you have done in your letter of intent. Maybe just highl
  23. I would say retake the classes and work on every other aspect of your application. I have seen on these feeds, people who had low GPAs and were accepted into programs. You can enhance your application in other areas. I would focus on this fall semester as well as working to get the best GRE score possible. Extracurriculars, volunteer work, etc can help. Have a strong letter of intent that shows you are dedicated to the field. Try to get very strong letters of recommendation. Lastly, do some research on ASHA EdFind. Look for schools that best match your stats. I would say don't be discour
  24. I agree with the above poster. I would say go now! My undergrad was also extremely expensive and I that was my fault. It was my dream school and I wanted desperately to experience it. I knew that one day, with an SLP salary I would be able to pay it off however the piling debt also scares me. I however decided to continue to keep going. I couldn't find and careers that I was qualified for that I would absolutely love and would help me pay back my loans in a decent amount of time. I also wasn't a huge fan of the idea of taking time off if it wasn't absolutely necessary. I understand that other
  25. I would also suggest visiting because you may think you would enjoy their program until you get there and see and ask questions for yourself. I know that I ended up choosing the school I knew the least about just because I visited and fell in love with their program and their people. My top choice ended up being the school I liked the least when I compared it to the other schools I had applied to. My thoughts and perspectives completely changed. I would ask about clinic placements, when you are working in internships at outside placements can you go wherever you want or does it have to b
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