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Everything posted by Bmay80

  1. You got this! Take your leveling courses wherever is cheapest, sounds like living at home is a great option. I would start researching potential grad schools now because the time will go quickly. Good luck🌺
  2. If you’re struggling with some material, talk with the professor sooner rather then later. In my grad school experience, the profs wanted you to succeed too.
  3. My plan B was getting a Masters in Special Education. I accomplished that and applied a third and final time to a SLP program. I got in and 2 years later, finished grad school to become a SLP. I’m so grateful🌺
  4. I don’t have any information about that program but business casual is always a good choice🌺
  5. My GPA was similar to yours. You can retake some classes or in my case, I started and finished a Masters in Special Education. I finished that program with a 3.85. I applied for a 3nd time to a SLP program after I finished my M.ED. Much to my surprise, I was accepted to one program🎉I think getting a masters showed I was able to do graduate level work. You need to shoot for at least 300 on the GRE and at least a 4 in writing. Good luck🌺
  6. I would go to the cheaper school. I was told, ideally, your college loan debt should be no larger then your first year salary. Somewhere else, they advised no more then your salary, after working 5 years. My parents sat down with me a showed me an amortization chart with my loan amount, interest and years to pay back. It was eye opening for sure.
  7. Was this the only school you got into? Eighty thousand for grad school would give me pause too. If you don’t have undergrad loans, it would be at the top end of what I would borrow. Any chance you could take a gap year and reapply to schools that are more affordable?
  8. I lived alone my first year but moved in with a roommate my second. I’m an extrovert and I like people around.
  9. I currently commute to my job 45-60 minutes, on a good traffic day. I live in Northern VA. Those commute times don’t sound bad to me. We have parents who drive over an hour to bring their child to the school I work at😳 You will have an end in sight😊 Good luck!
  10. I went from Northern Virginia to Radford, VA, population around 16,000. Was it a culture shock, yes, but I survived. I was busy with class work and weekends were busy with studying. I did make it home on occasion, maybe 2-3 times a semester. I only lived there for 3 semesters because I was able to do my externship at home. I wouldn’t let the size of a town determine where I went to school, it’s not forever😊
  11. Run your loan amounts, that you would need to borrow, through an amortization calculator. From this, you can see what your monthly payments would be. My parents suggested I do this and it was a reality check.🌺
  12. Don’t give up! It took me 3 cycles before I got in🌺
  13. When I was in grad school, we had a couple of people who commuted that far. I know a few times, they slept on others sofas if it was a late night or bad weather. I was happy to help out🌺
  14. I applied to 10 programs right from undergrad with a GPA below 3.0. Surprise! I didn’t get into any. I worked, volunteered at a hospital SLP department, reapplied to 6 programs, didn’t get into any. I then started a Masters in Special Education, lived at home, worked and saved money. It was a 2 year program and I finished it with a 3.85 gpa. I still had the dream of becoming an SLP but was afraid of reapplying. My parents encouraged me to give it one last shot, so I applied to 3 programs in VA, where I currently live. I only applied to state schools because I wasn’t willing to take on more then $30,000 in debt. Surprise! I was admitted to 1 school and rejected from the other 2 but 1 was all I needed. I believe my LORs, SOP and the fact that I already had a masters helped get me admitted. Good luck🌺
  15. Go for the cheaper program😊speaking as someone who’s paying off grad school loans as we speak.
  16. I’d show up at 10am. I’m a military brat and my dad’s saying was, “If you aren’t 10 minutes early, you’re late.” Good luck!
  17. I looked at it and my understanding is if you go over the 18 hours per semester, additional credits are $1010. I read it the same way you did, $18,180 is the two for two semesters.
  18. I completed the FAFSA when I applied to grad school for my SLP degree. I was only offered loans😔but was able to get a work study job(10 hours a week) for my first year. It helped with the incidentals.
  19. I graduated from Radford in 2016. I had applied to Longwood, UVA and Radford. I visited both UVA and Longwood. Radford’s open house didn’t work with my schedule so I didn’t get a chance to visit. I thought for sure I would get into Longwood but didn’t even get waitlisted. My GPA for my Special Education masters was 3.8, my undergrad gpa, under 3.0😔 Good luck and don’t lose hope🌺
  20. Your stats look great. Some schools actually like students who have some work experience under their belt and are a little bit older. I didn’t get in until my 3nd try. During those years, I received a Masters in Special Education. My mom and dad encouraged me to apply one more time. I applied to 3 schools and got into one but that’s all I needed. Anyway, the director of the program said my age and degree helped my application😊 Good luck!
  21. Weren’t all programs new at one time? Maybe another question to ask is, “For those who attended a newish program, what was the good and bad aspects of the program? Good luck in whatever you decide?
  22. What she said?I attended an open house at Longwood University and one of the first criteria they used to eliminate potential applications was the writing score. They wanted it at least a 4. Are there exceptions to that rule, I have no doubt. Good luck!
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