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    Age 40+ applicants

    Suelli5 -- Thank you so much for responding. It’s really helpful to hear what others are going through and how they are managing. It sounds like you have a great plan. I’m in the process of selling the house I’ve lived in for 7 years now and moving to a short-term rental until I know where I’ll be going. It’s adding a whole new level of stress and uncertainty, but I know it’s just what I’ve got to do to get where I want to go. I’ve applied to schools all around the country, only one in-state but that’s because I’m really looking for a change of scene. I had looked into tuition at the first few schools I decided on and it was reasonable, so then I added a bunch more to the list. I didn’t realize until my apps were in how much costs vary between schools, so I’m hoping it works out with one of the lower cost schools. Congrats on your acceptance! That is really exciting! I have had one interview and another is scheduled, so I’m starting to get optimistic about an acceptance. I too have an old dog who will be making the move with me!
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    Age 40+ applicants

    Are you applying to online schools or on campus programs? I have to admit the idea of moving out-of-state really makes me nervous. It's one thing to just pack up and move in your 20s and it's a whole other thing now. Lol I'm applying for on campus programs only. I've been doing post-bacc online, and while it's great in many ways, I feel in person is best for me going forward. I'm in the process of selling my house and looking for a temporary place until I know where I'll be going. I'm single and no kids so in some ways it's easy for me to pick up and go, but there is still so much planning and arranging to do. I'll be leaving my job of five years and haven't mentioned anything about it there yet!
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    Age 40+ applicants

    Thanks for responding. Good luck with Mercy!
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    Age 40+ applicants

    Thank you, that's good to hear! The whole thing is a little intimidating, but overall I'm very excited and hopeful!
  5. Hi, I want to reach out to other older students and see how your experience of the school-finding and application process has been. I'm 47 and leaving a career in marketing to pursue SLP. Just wondering if there are others out there in similar situations, and if so, how are you doing with all of this?
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    Physics/chem requirement

    From what I can tell the new ASHA guidelines don't go into effect until 2020, so may depend on when you are applying. I think generally programs do prefer chem or physics though. I'd recommend take one if you can. https://www.asha.org/certification/course-content-areas-for-slp-standards/
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    ASHA Pre-requisites

    Here's a link you can search all SUNY online programs for the courses you need: http://navigator.suny.edu/courses. I took Chemistry at SUNY Empire online...it was more expensive but no math prereqs (not sure your background, but I think all physics classes have college level math prereqs). I took human biology at SUNY Ulster. It was a great class. Good luck!
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    Tips on looking for volunteer experiences

    Hi! I tried but didn't have any luck finding volunteer opportunities at any speech clinics. I recently started volunteering at a nursing home. I don't get to do anything relating to speech therapy, but I still find it helpful for getting more comfortable with this population and better understanding their needs. A few people in my classes have volunteered in rehab centers or school programs for children with autism. I think that even if it's not a speech clinic, you can still get some good experience that way.
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    Accidentally lied on resume

    I think it depends what you put on your resume...just that you were a member, or did you list specific activities, etc? If it's true you were a member those 2 years, even if not active, I don't see a problem. If you specified activities that you only did during the first year, I would contact your prof and tell her you want to clarify the information so it isn't misleading, and maybe break out the years to be more clear on your resume what your involvement level was each year.
  10. I echo the others who say Do Not Give Up!!!! If you really love SLP, you are lucky to have found it so early in your undergraduate years! Stick with it. You still have plenty of courses left to bring up your GPA. There will be an opportunity to explain your first year in your essays if you need to. If you really want it, you can totally make it happen!
  11. Hi, I think your experience teaching deaf students will be very attractive to SLP program admissions. Some schools have fewer prereqs than others, so you may be able to take only a few. Most say they require the prereqs be taken within 5 years of applying, but they may make exceptions since you've been working in a closely related field. I've also found tuition costs vary significantly. Have you discovered https://www.asha.org/edfind/? I suggest starting there and seeing what works best for you, then going to the individual school websites to get more information.
  12. I recommend doing a 3-year program incl. leveling classes if you can get into one. I wish I'd known it was an option when I started! That way you're taking exactly the classes you need for grad school and only have to apply once. I think it saves a lot of time and money in the end. I completed a post-bacc program but am still taking additional courses because every school requires something different. If you don't get into a 3-year, you can always go the standard post-bacc route as a backup, but I don't see a drawback to trying for it. Good luck!
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    CSU Northridge LORs

    I was at a grad school open house recently and this question came up. Here was the response (of course it may vary by school, but this was their suggestion). They felt strongly at least one letter should be from a professor. They suggested reaching out to a professor, reintroduce yourself, and provide information about your grades, the class you took with them, anything you can point out to help them remember you. And ask them specifically to attest to your academic abilities, since you have supervisors that can speak more to your slp potential. That way you'd have two strong letters from supervisors and one from a professor that may not be as stellar but will give them information they're looking for, and they would then be able to consider your specific situation and not hold it against you. I would also recommend reaching out to the coordinator at that program and asking them what they recommend doing. Good luck!
  14. The only accelerated program I know of is St. Augustine University in Austin, TX. It's online and I think it's 15 months (regardless of your undergrad degree, as long as you have completed prereqs). They aren't accredited yet and are only accepting applicants from a few states so far, but maybe worth looking into if that's what you're looking for.
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    Congratulations!!! I'm starting my second round of apps and this is encouraging. Clearly you're committed to succeeding in this field--I'm sure you'll do great!

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