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MadisonMachelle

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    San Diego
  • Application Season
    2020 Fall
  • Program
    Speech Language Pathology

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  1. I already got it. I checked FAFSA and noticed that I needed to make a correction early last week and then a couple days later I got an email from CSULB telling me that I was awarded financial aid. I got a Stafford loan and the SUG California resident grant. You just have to accept them through your student portal.
  2. I plan on taking out the Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loans (~20k) for graduate school. I am getting a 3/4 tuition grant so I should be able to pay off my tuition without loans. However, housing is another beast and my parents are not rich. What is your advice for budgeting the $20k and making it last throughout grad school?
  3. California State University Long Beach https://www.facebook.com/groups/2280004835639903/
  4. I applied to 9 and once I got into Long Beach I sent all the schools an email asking to be withdrawn from the application process so others could get my hypothetical spot. I got waitlisted at two schools, rejected from two, and interviewed without hearing back from some.
  5. Make sure that you have federal loans from the government and not just private loans (Sallie Mae). Private loans cannot be forgiven and typically don't have the option for income based repayment. If you have private loans like me, I'd suggest refinancing with a low interest rate and then paying the highest monthly payment you can afford once you graduate grad school.
  6. I think reaching out to the school's graduate coordinator would be a great call because it also lets the school's admin know that you're taking it seriously by looking into applications early! Best luck!
  7. That's probably exactly what's going on tbh.
  8. I feel like it's probably because they already made their decisions so they'll be on the waitlist
  9. I was #13 and I dropped out of the waitlist after getting in to my #1. Hope it goes to someone who wants it! And yes! I did call but since all staff are working from home they're not really on their phone.
  10. Hi! I wrote this for another sub but this is what I sent out to grad schools. Obviously change the wording a little but this is what I said: Dear Dr. ________, I want to reach out and thank you for the opportunity to interview with you and the rest of the__________ faculty (if you didn't interview just say thank you for your time). It was eye-opening to learn that (insert what stuck out to you about their program). One of the biggest reasons I applied to______ was for a ______________________. If admitted, (insert if you will enroll/ if you are interested in research or GA position/what you will do for the school).I can really see myself insert what you are looking for in a grad school. I believe insert you're a good fit for program and why. Emphasize what you can do for the school!Being accepted to a program of this caliber insert what getting accepted would mean to you. Thank you again for generously sharing your time with me and the other qualified individuals. I look forward to hearing from ____________________ and hopefully representing the school in the future. Sincerely,________________________
  11. Okay so don't use this verbatim because that would be weird if we both sent *practically* the same email to the same coordinator BUT I already accepted another admission offer so here's what I wrote, roughly, to all the graduate coordinators that I didn't hear back from or got waitlisted from. Dear Dr. ________, I want to reach out and thank you for the opportunity to interview with you and the rest of the__________ faculty (if you didn't interview just say thank you for your time). It was eye-opening to learn that (insert what stuck out to you about their program). One of the biggest reasons I applied to______ was for a ______________________. If admitted, (insert if you will enroll/ if you are interested in research or GA position/what you will do for the school).I can really see myself insert what you are looking for in a grad school. I believe insert you're a good fit for program and why. Emphasize what you can do for the school!Being accepted to a program of this caliber insert what getting accepted would mean to you. Thank you again for generously sharing your time with me and the other qualified individuals. I look forward to hearing from ____________________ and hopefully representing the school in the future. Sincerely,________________________
  12. Thank you so much. This is such a nice little community to be neurotic on hahaha
  13. Hi! I made a Facebook group for students that accepted. Congratulations everyone, Go Beach! https://www.facebook.com/groups/2280004835639903/
  14. Hi! I'm from San Diego born and raised and went to SDSU for undergrad in the SLHS department. I have never been to San Jose or the Bay Area so I can only speak of San Diego. I didn't apply because I want to explore a different city than where I grew up. I can't tell you about what their graduate program is like because I'm not in it BUT I can tell you that from what I know the professors are extremely accessible and want to see you succeed. The program is located in an alright area but if you have a car it's easy to find the perfect neighborhood that suits your personality and budget. It'll be cheaper than San Jose by a long shot too. All of the grad students I encountered while going to school there were always in a good mood. They were stressed, but not unbearably and the cohort is super close so it's okay to feel comfortable ranting/stressing together. There's a really nice, big on-campus clinic that I know you take rotations at. There's also a lot of schools, hospitals, and private practice clinics in the area that you get to work with. Everyone I've talked to recommended me to apply. The area in San Diego is unlike any other city I've ever been in. I'm partial because it's my home town but the weather is almost always perfect except for a few grey days and some rain in the spring. Housing can be affordable but a single room is rarely over $1200 unless it's by the beach or it has a private bathroom/expensive neighborhood. Amazing food. Great nightlife. Very friendly people wherever you go. I'm super stoked for you that you got into such great schools! Congrats and I hope that helps!
  15. Yeah totally! I have heard from others that they had a bad impression of the program at the open house but I had the opposite. I thought that it was organized as best as possible considering there is so many things that go into organizing an event that big. I really like that they have a bilingualism program and have opportunities for students to work on a specialization or work on independent research. I'm from California so a big factor is the grant that covers 3/4 of tuition- which is HUGE! Their clinic is really nice and organized. They have a lot of reach within their community and in California in general. Everyone that I've spoken to speaks highly of the CSULB graduates over the other programs in the area because they have a really well-rounded curriculum. I wouldn't have to take extra pre-req classes as I would at most of the other schools. Long Beach is a really nice area and there's a lot of good neighborhoods within 30 minutes that are decently affordable. The campus is gorgeous. The students all seem happily and relatively less stressed than the other students that I've encountered. The faculty are all really available from what I've heard, too.
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