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  1. Hi!! With my newfound free time, I’m also trying to improve my Spanish as I’m stuck at home! My goal is to work as a bilingual SLP, but I also am not quite at native proficiency. My mom’s first language is Spanish, so I’m used to hearing it, but I’m not great with the grammar and everything. I’ve been using a free trial of Rosetta Stone, but I found that it seems to be more helpful for learning vocabulary than teaching explicit grammar. I think Duolingo is a great free resource if you haven’t tried that! I also think Studyspanish.com has fantastic explanations of a lot of grammar rules. There are some good YouTube channels and podcasts out there for Spanish learners as well. One thing I haven’t tried that might help with conversational Spanish are some online services where you Skype with a native speaker to practice talking, but I think those are usually somewhat pricey. Following for other people’s suggestions!
  2. Just accepted the offer at University of Illinois today! Thanks for all the help!! I ultimately decided that I wanted to choose the most financially-stable option, especially given all the craziness going on in the world right now. Best of luck to everyone else who is waiting/deciding!
  3. I was recently offered amazing scholarships to two schools, Vanderbilt and the University of Illinois. Vanderbilt is offering a 100% tuition scholarship, while U of I is offering 100% tuition and about a $30k total living stipend to cover two years of living expenses. Vanderbilt is an amazing program with a great reputation, and I was accepted to their new Autism specialty track (which I am very interested in). U of I offers better funding, but the school is kind of in the middle of nowhere and the winters are VERY cold. After spending 4 years near Chicago for undergrad, I am really eager to move somewhere warmer. Is it worth it for me to choose Vanderbilt and take out loans to cover two years of living expenses? Or go with Illinois and have no loans whatsoever? Any thoughts/opinions would be appreciated. ☺️
  4. I just received an email!!
  5. They just canceled classes for a week as a precaution due to Coronavirus, so that might cause further delays maybe?
  6. I currently attend Northwestern for undergrad and would be happy to answer any questions about the university, CSD department, or city of Evanston!
  7. For anyone who has gotten an acceptance offer from UT Dallas, did you also get any information about funding? Does anyone know how frequently they offer GA positions and what the process is for that?
  8. I submitted mine right after Christmas and I just heard back today! Good luck everyone!!
  9. Hi! Just wanted to say hello because I'm also a linguistics major and it looks like we applied to a lot of the same schools! Best of luck!!
  10. Does anyone have any advice on how "sentimental" vs "academic" to make a personal statement? I am getting a lot of mixed messages from people, ranging from "absolutely do not write a sob story about your grandma who had a stroke" to "make it heart-felt and personal!" I know you shouldn't *just* make it a personal narrative, but I'm afraid some schools will find my essay bland if I only write about coursework and research experiences. Any tips on how to balance these things?
  11. Hi everyone, I've found this forum to be so helpful in researching SLP grad programs, so I was hoping to post some questions I had here to maybe get some advice. I'm going into my senior year as a Psychology and Linguistics double major (with an English minor) and last year I decided I want to become an SLP. I have already taken some prerequisite courses at my school, but I have a number left to complete. They will all be completed by the time I finish my senior year, but not all will be completed before applications are due in December. After reading about how competitive SLP grad schools are and realizing that many people apply 3-4 times before getting accepted, I am starting to feel really panicked. I am a strong student (3.89 GPA at a top ten school) with research experience and have volunteered with special needs kids, as well as completed 25+ observation hours with SLPs. I am studying for the GRE now, so we'll see how that goes. I am just really nervous about applying this winter with only a handful of prereqs done. I am wondering if I should just wait a year to apply, after all my pre-reqs are completed. Overall, I'm feeling really scared that I won't be accepted and I would love to hear any advice or similar experiences you might have had.
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