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  1. If you are undecided that means you need to shadow more. I felt the same way during undergrad and wish I had taken a semester off to consider my options or take a look at other majors. Ultimately I have worked in the field and decided SLP was for me so you could try volunteering in the settings you are interested in to see if it really is what sparks your interest. I will tell you that options are limited with a bachelors in CSD so you should be sure this is what you want before completing. I attempted to find jobs completely unrelated to the field at one point but it was impossible for me. On the other hand with this bachelors degree I have seen classmates go on to PA school, become teachers/sped teachers or go into ABA therapy.
  2. You should definitely apply to UCF. Your stats are similar to people who have gotten accepted and you have a shot at being admitted in Spring/Summer (they are more lenient with stats during those semesters). I know you don't want to but you should consider taking the GRE again and purchasing Magoosh to get your scores up. Because of your 3.2 GPA you are going to have to offset that with way better GRE scores, at least the minimum combined score of 300 that most schools ask for. If I were you I wouldn't give up so soon, I think a big mistake some people make is that they are simply resubmitting the same application that was denied from previous years. When reapplying you need to look at every aspect of your application and make changes in all areas even if that means new recommenders, restarting your essay from scratch, studying for and retaking the GRE etc. Also I don't think retaking courses is necessary in your situation because you have above a 3.0.
  3. I completed my 2 years with the schools in May 2018 with Osceola County. Currently I work as an SLPA at a clinic and the workload is MUCH more manageable and I feel more comfortable in this position with just my bachelors degree. I chose to let my certificate with the schools expire because my school had an intense caseload and I was barely staying afloat with the workload (I did not have sufficient planning time at work because I was in therapy back to back ALL day, my "planning days" were full of unnecessarily long IEP meetings and I would never have a chance to catch up on testing students or writing reports, had to do ALL report writing at home). I don't regret my experience at all because it has made me a better clinician and I feel confident applying to grad school now but I recommend asking the right questions before accepting a position at a school. Ask what the caseload looks like (number of students and types of disabilities you will be working with). Also if you aren't comfortable at a school due to whatever reason simply ask to be moved to a different school for the next school year. Or ask if it is possible to be split part-time at two schools (working with 2 full-time SLP's). I have friends in Orange County and they seem to have lower caseloads and better experiences as bachelor level SLPs so do not be deterred due to my experience. You just need to advocate for yourself.
  4. Grad school is a major investment, you are not burning bridges by rescinding your offer you are simply making a choice that is better for you. The earlier you let them know the better. Also it's not like you put down a deposit so you are not missing out either.
  5. Ideally most of us would want our own private apartment, but look into 4x4 style dorms/apartments that are usually available at all universities. You get your private space (bathroom and room) but it is more affordable than taking on your own apartment lease. As for studying, I wouldn't be concerned... you can study in your room/library on campus. Also just because your have roommates or share main area with people does not mean you have to talk to them every day. In the grand scheme of it all sharing space is a small sacrifice to pay while earning your degree. And if you are in some crazy roommate situation there is usually a way to handle that(ask to be moved, schools are equipped to handle these situations).
  6. I think there is a demand for it. If you look up other career related hashtags (#nursingschool, #medschool, #nursingstudent etc.) there are a TON of people on social media posting about their journey/experience and offering tips/advice etc. I personally don't bother following anyone who doesn't post quality images or info that will help me on my personal journey to SLP. I have friends who have speechie instagrams and post therapy ideas or what is going on in their grad programs.
  7. Most "social media influencers" just start. Start posting about what is interesting to you or your experience/journey with SLP, use hashtags (#slp2b, #slpgradschool, #slpgradstudent, etc) and post relevant/quality content. I started following social speechie originally because after undergrad I was lost on the application process for gradschool and searched youtube/google/instagram and speech related hashtags and she continuously popped up. And if you don't know what kind of content to make just ask yourself what are things that potential speechies would be searching for (GRE info, CSDCAS and how to navigate ASHA EdFind etc.).
  8. Yes she dropped out of gradschool but I always refer back to her videos, I wish there were more SLP youtuber/vloggers. She has said that she isn't going to be creating YT videos about SLP anymore and is focusing on her lifestyle/digital planning brand. For her to have dropped out of her program she must be making way more than she would if she continued pursuing SLP.
  9. I don't have any interest in going for the thesis track because I just want to practice. If you are interested in research you can always go back for a Ph.D.
  10. I think you're being a little dramatic, I don't know what your specific "toxic" situation is but unfortunately, this is life. You're going to have jobs/classmates/bosses etc. where the situation is not ideal. There are online post-bacc programs (not combined with masters programs) that you can contact to see if they will let you take the last 1-2 classes. Take out a private student loan so you can pay for them at the new school. That's what private loans are for, if for whatever reason you exhausted your resources it gives you that flexibility. I know Nova accepts transfer credits for their masters program. If you are missing some credits they allow you to take them with them in order to get admitted to their grad progam. Yes they are a private school and a little pricey but if your situation is so toxic and unbearable you don't really have an option. Also what are they doing to you at this school? Maybe you are overreacting? You can report classmates/professors to the University if they are harrassing you or doing something to create an unsafe learning environment. Also most universities have services to counsel students on issues like this since you cannot tell us the specifics.
  11. I think you will be fine, believe it or not it's common to have been in situations like that. I had a classmate that was kicked out of a university because another student cheated off his test and he didn't "put enough effort to conceal his answers". They assumed he conspired with the cheating student. He was still able to get into medschool after going through a remediation process and attending a different university! That's why that box is there, because these things happen frequently. Don't lose sleep over this.
  12. Does CSDCAS allow you to select within the application portal? If there was a way you can eliminate one that would be good. If not, I wouldn't try to mail in an extra one. Regardless I don't think it's a huge deal whether they get 4 or 3.
  13. That's so strange, I thought most schools prefer the LORs sent to CSDCAS. CSDCAS sends an email to the recommenders with a form for them to fill out if I'm not mistaken.
  14. I was going to apply to a large amount of schools but when I saw how much CSDCAS charges I honestly am looking to narrow my list down to about 3-4 programs. Make sure you look on the program's websites to see what stats they accept and if they are similar to yours. This ensures you actually have a good chance of getting admitted and is the best way to narrow down your choices. Your GPA is totally fine, I have a friend who got in with a 3.4. Your GPA is only one part of your application and your GRE scores really make up for it. Also, I recommend not applying to schools that are ranked high on those "top 20 slp program" lists. There is a huge chunk of applicants that flock to send their applications to those schools. I personally am not applying to the programs that get 400+ applications and only accept 20 students for example lol.
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