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  1. Hi! If you have any questions about the SJSU extended master's program let me know! I am in the grad program there and while I'm not in the extended masters, I've heard a lot about the leveling year from my classmates. Best of luck!
  2. So, I've truly never been a procrastinator...until grad school. Yup! I was the kid that finished their book report the day or day after it was assigned. And this past year, I've had to more actively attend to assignments and work harder to not procrastinate, so that was new for me. I actively use a planner to keep everything together like due dates, meetings, study time. I have found that making a to do list of tasks (however big or small) has helped. If I have projects or big assignments on my list, I might work on one for a designated length of time, take a break then chip away at the next one. While I prioritize based on due dates, I try to chip away at the other assignments to avoid procrastinating one to the last minute. I also like to motivate myself by planning breaks (big or small). For example, if I work on this diligently on this project for the next 2 hours or so, I can take a break and watch an episode of a tv show and relax guilt free. Planning breaks helps me to look forward to something while I'm working so I don't get distracted as easily. I also think that being a reflective learner is helpful, to know things about yourself as a student. Like if you work better in the morning vs. night time, with background noise (TV, music) vs. total silence to be able to create a perfect study environment and not potentially dread studying as much that I've found can lead to procrastinating.
  3. I think this might be as well, a lot of students are considering deferring right now.
  4. While none of this is ideal, at least for my program, faculty members are working very hard to try and do the best for the incoming class. We've held small zoom meetings to give feedback/brainstorm, taken surveys, given individual feedback through meetings and reflections, and had many candid group discussions about what's working and what's been difficult to adjust the courses to be more beneficial for our learning experience online. And although it's not easy, participating in these discussions has given me hope for the incoming classes.
  5. Longwood University also has some pre-reg/leveling classes!
  6. Hi! I'm not at your same program, I'm a first year at SJSU, but don't be afraid to PM me if you have any questions or want to chat. Maybe it'll calm some nerves!
  7. I am a first year, so I haven't gone through this yet myself. I think the title might be something to consider based on what setting you think you might want to work in, I am looking to go towards the education side so I viewed it as a plus. With that said, they do try to prepare you for both settings and take your interests into consideration when coordinating the internships/externships. If you want a hospital placement, when the time comes you make this known to faculty members and they do their best to get you into a setting that fits this or close to it. Because yes, the settings are very different and I've observed and/or volunteered at both as well so I think it's something to consider. Don't be afraid to PM me anytime for questions as well!
  8. Absolutely! In some cases, you can switch sections, it depends on availability and other people's schedules. It's different, going back to having someone else hand you your schedule instead of creating it yourself like in undergrad (kinda). The transition to online hasn't been too difficult for me as I've taken many online classes before and am very grateful in many ways considering what's happening.
  9. @nuttyspeechie Thank you! I'm in the two year program, but almost half of the cohort is in the three year program. A lot of people do commute, I can send you what my schedule has been like the past two semesters (even though this semester is online now). The class/clinic blocks are 9-11:45, 1-3:45, and 4-6:45. Everyone's schedule is a little different depending on clinics and what section of the class, but its an arrangement of those times. Most people also usually have either Monday or Friday completely free to work, study, etc. As far as funding goes, I'm not sure if the funding offers mentioned on Edfind include loan packages? I know they do offer scholarships and work studies in the program, I believe it comes in after the initial offer depending on various factors.
  10. Maybe a small gift card to one of their local coffee shops near them! They may not be able to use it right away, but it helps support small business too. I also liked the groceries idea!
  11. Also congrats on CSULB!!! That is awesome! I have a friend that is a first year right now attending, let me know if you want me to put you in contact with her!
  12. I'm attending SJSU right now as a first year, so I can't speak to intern/externships, but I really like it! The faculty are great, and while the course load is challenging and is a lot of work, the professors are always open for questions and assisting you. Living in the bay area is not cheap, but there are options to look around and find something that works. I really like everyone in my cohort, we have gotten to know each other and hold some get togethers outside of class a few times a semester. I also really love how diverse the area is, which is reflected in the clients that we see too. If you have specific questions, I would love to answer! Feel free to PM me as well! It's an important decision and I know it is extra tough this year if you were planning to visit.
  13. The school I'm attending, SJSU, offers a 3-year Extended Masters program, I'm not sure if they are but look into WICHE programs that may offer in-state tuition because you're a Colorado resident. I'm a California resident and qualified for WICHE in-state at UNCo when I applied. Let me know if you have any questions about the program!
  14. Absolutely! I loved living in Boulder, it's a small place, but has lots of things to do. The area itself is pretty easy to get around for this reason, the weather was one of my favorites to live in (the altitude does take getting used to if you're like me and are not from a place with altitude) it snows during winter but usually not every day. The weather can change throughout the day even, but it's pretty easy to get used to especially when walking around in such a beautiful place. A lot of people go hiking often, take day trips to Denver or Estes park, go to farmer's markets, etc. There was an article from the Washington Post (linked below) that I read while still in Boulder and found it pretty funny because it was fairly accurate in describing it's uniqueness of a place. The campus is gorgeous, the SLHS building is pretty small though. I did not spend a lot of time in the building myself besides going to class because there wasn't a lot of space to use. I can give more detail about anything if you want it (don't be afraid to PM me as well!). The faculty are all pretty great as well. Student life is very active because Boulder is a college town, there are lots of places to eat and go out at night. Let me know if you (or anyone else reading) have more questions! https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/lifestyle/vacation-ideas/things-to-do-in-boulder/
  15. I went to Boulder for undergrad, so if you have any questions about the area and living there, don't be afraid to ask!
  16. Everyone here has great tips!! If I were to add anything (maybe someone mentioned this), when you're writing your PS, ask lots and lots of people to read it. Have people in and out of the field read it and just keep revising, it helped me a lot. I asked people on here, friends, professors/mentors, etc. I would also say in regards to writing the PS, try to add to what you put on your experiences list/resume instead of listing it again. This is one of the most helpful tips a professor told me, because a lot of times they read all these essays and it's just restating everything on the resume that they also have when reading your application. So for the experience(s) you have, talk about what you learned, what you want to learn more about, how it has influenced you to move forward in the profession, etc.
  17. Hi everyone! Just wanted to pop in to say that anything can happen in regards to waitlists! I was nervous after being waitlisted to 5 places, but I ended up getting off the waitlist at 3 of them fairly quick! And the program I am in now, a lot of people got in off the waitlist. So don't lose hope! Try to just not think about it until you have more information, I know that sounds impossible. I distracted myself! Also if anyone has questions, don't be afraid to PM me! Good luck to everyone!!
  18. So, I got really lucky I didn't need to put a deposit down anywhere. I got wait listed to several places and into one, so I secured my spot at EWU while waiting on the waitlists. A couple days later I got into WSU (they have a $200 deposit, but it was broken on their website at the time) and removed myself from EWU's list. Then got into UNC and SJSU off the wait lists so I gave up my spot at WSU and then decided between UNC and SJSU. It was a lot of back and forth, but to some extent they expect this which is why there's usually deposits. Not always though I guess!
  19. I'm not from Canada, but you could apply to just a couple schools that are less expensive and see what happens. The school I ended up going to is the one of the most affordable of the schools I applied to.
  20. I took a gap year and then asked my LOR's, it's usually not an issue as long as you do it to give them enough time. I asked mine in October, best of luck! Let me know if you have any questions.
  21. If you're still looking, I'd be willing to take a look! My semester is over, send it on over
  22. A personal statement is a way for the admissions committee to get to know you better beyond your transcripts and resume, so if there is something that they should know to get a full picture of you than you can tell them how much you're willing to divulge. You can be vague and talk about it in just a sentence or two about how it affected your grades or if you wanted to say more you could make it part of your story that you're telling about yourself in your ps. I didn't have any health issues myself necessarily, but a family member did and so I included it in my ps. Schools want to get to know you, the more they know the easier it is to tell if you would be a good fit for their program, these parts of your story also say something about you and your character so in the end it'll probably help more than hurt if you're comfortable to mention it. Hopefully this made sense, message me with any questions. Maybe I can help!
  23. I took a neuro pre-req class online here and it was good! At the same equivalent as the classes where I'm at now, they use the same book too.
  24. Just wanted to pop in here to say good luck to everyone! Try not to be too crazy nervous waiting, I know that sounds crazy, but I truly wish I didn't worry as much as I did. Because in the end, everything works itself out.
  25. Absolutely apply! You never know what could happen. And like you said if you don't get in, then it wasn't meant to be. Sounds corny, but you have to put your trust in your own abilities to succeed in this process and you will get there, if it's not this time, it will still happen if you want it to. But it doesn't hurt to still try this time. And sometimes schools don't accept applicants because it doesn't seem like their a good fit, not necessarily because of their stats. The longer I've been in my program, I've learned that they truly do consider that as a big factor at least at my school. Also if you have any questions, let me know. I'd be happy to try and help!
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