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  1. I will most likely be deferring my admission a year at UW-Milwaukee, if I can. Switching to online courses was a really hard transition for me, and I do not want to do it for another semester or even year. I feel like I didn't get as much out of my classes this semester, and I'm just worried the same thing will happen. (This is specific to me. I know some people do really well with online programs, but there's a reason I didn't apply to any online schools in the first place.) On top of not wanting to do online courses, I am still not 100% on my decision. I probably would have accepted at ASU i
  2. I know that it is generally advised against now, but I asked the graduate coordinator at one of the schools I applied to if a PhD student would be okay, and they said that would be perfectly fine. The programs I applied to generally said two academic professors in the field of CSD, and someone else who could speak to your professional abilities. I figured that would be fine, but I guess not. Luckily I was still accepted to a few programs and will, COVID-19 permitting, be attending this fall.
  3. Yeah, I also believe this is true. I know in my case, my lab has probably 30 RAs, and many of them were applying for graduate school at the same time I did. They sent out a template for us to use, and the graduate student gets to write a small blurb, but it was mostly the same format for everyone. I thought a more personal letter would be better for me, and this didn't prove to be true.
  4. Did you have work in a related field? Were your professional references SLP or other clinicians? I think since mine was in academia, but not yet a PhD, it put me at a disadvantage.
  5. They couldn't comment on the content of the letters because they don't have access to them during quarantine. I know two of my recommenders (both professors in my department) fairly well, and they both agreed to write positive letters for me. A few of my classmates who were admitted also had letters from them both. They said in an email that a PhD student generally "isn't a very good idea," and that it's always better to get a letter from a PI. They also suggested trying to get a letter from the head of the department, but no courses with the department head were available that lined up with m
  6. I was rejected from my overall top choice school, UW-Madison. I'm graduating with my bachelor's from UW this weekend, so I already knew the area and some of the faculty. It was a great choice for me: location, cost, externship opportunities, and strength of the program. I thought I had a pretty solid application and was fairly confident I would at least be waitlisted. Imagine my surprise when I read my rejection email. Given the craziness that is COVID-19, I've recently been considering taking a gap year, and applying again to schools this fall. I decided to email someone on the admission
  7. That’s a possibility! I know the coordinator mentioned we can do an externship in every state but California. It’s ok if you don’t know this, but do you know what housing looks like for that? I can’t afford two leases, and I’m guessing lots of places won’t offer a semester-only lease.
  8. I saw somebody posted on the results page that they had to email two people and call a third to be told they were denied. I just emailed the person who sent out admissions decisions, but I'm not holding my breath. I haven't been impressed with ASU's lack of communication, even before COVID-19 shut everything down. At this point, I'm assuming I was rejected.
  9. That I am not 100% sure about. I am trying to stay positive and make myself excited, but I tried and failed to "get through" undergrad at a place I didn't love, and ended up destroying my mental health. I had to take a year and a half off from school before I felt ready try again. I don't want to be a self-fulfilling prophecy and am trying to be happy about my decision, but that will always be in the back of my mind. I don't really like the campus or surrounding area. It feels a bit too cramped. And, as I grew up in Milwaukee, I was hoping to explore somewhere else for a little while.
  10. I’ve thought about this, but how would schools I apply to react when they see I’ve already tried grad school? Could they think I’m just not cut out for grad school/SLP, or be nervous that I’d drop out again?
  11. @littlet4lks this is honestly another reason why I’m considering a gap year. I’ve made it through online school this semester, but I just don’t think I will get as much out of online lectures and simucase. I’d rather wait and get the in-person experience.
  12. Do you have any other suggestions for trying to make the best of it? None of the research professors are doing really interests me, and while I am thinking of a PhD in several years, I just don't know how I would be any happier doing research I'm not invested in.
  13. I felt like I had a pretty good shot at UWEC and UWW, but I was waitlisted at both of those schools. I felt pretty good about Marquette and UW-Madison (where I am currently a senior, I am aware that it’s still really competitive but a large portion of my classmates got in). I’m not sure there is such thing as a “safety school” for SLP programs.
  14. Hi, thanks for your response. I actually grew up in a Milwaukee suburb and am quite familiar with the area. I was hoping to get some more time away from Milwaukee because while it’s home, I want a little space to branch out. I can’t quite express it, but I just don’t think UWM is a good fit for me. Some of the research professors are doing is interesting, but nothing that necessarily aligns with my clinical interests (I am considering a PhD down the line, but not 100% yet.)
  15. Some of you may have seen my previous posts trying to decide between Northwestern and UW-Milwaukee, which out of the 10 schools I applied to, were the only ones that accepted me. Neither were my top choice. I would've preferred Northwestern, but I really didn't want to be over $100,000 in debt. So I committed to UWM, but kept my name on a couple waitlists. I based my decision solely on finances. Now, I almost feel like I regret my decision. I know that it's the best decision in the long run. I know that UWM still has a good program that will get me to my goal of being an SLP. I'm just not
  16. I’m not at a CSU, but I’m seriously considering a gap year if schools switch to online for Fall 2020. I don’t really like online schooling, and I feel like I would miss out on a lot of important experiences without hands-on clinic.
  17. Got an email that Pitt's cohort is full, and I had the option to stay on their summer waitlist in case a spot opens up. I declined.
  18. I would say parking is probably a little more available than other, bigger cities, but it still isn't incredibly easy to come by. I know there is a garage maybe two blocks from the Health Sciences building, which is where I'm guessing most of your classes would be. I think on my tour, the tour guide said a pass for the garage was about $500 per semester. I'm guessing skating practices would be at the Pettit National Ice Center, which is in West Allis. (I'm not sure on this, but I don't think Marquette has their own ice rink.) It would usually take you maybe 10-15 minutes to get there, but obvi
  19. I did not! My class was scheduled for a lecture twice a week, and one 50-minute lab per week. We were in a computer lab in the Psych building, and used SPSS on the University computers. Since you have a bachelor's, I'm assuming you took a math class in undergrad? That would probably count for QR-A, so I think you're all good there. If you have the free time and ability, I would recommend getting familiar with R if you're at all interested in research! It has a pretty steep learning curve, but I know the lab I work in (which is in the Psych department at UW) uses R and R Studio for a lot of pro
  20. Can I ask what you’re worried about if you live in Milwaukee? I grew up there so I can answer any questions you might have!
  21. Hi! I'm finishing up my bachelor's in CSD at UW-Madison right now, and I took Psych 210 to fulfill my stats requirement. QR-A is something you can test out of if you took placement tests, or you can use the Course Search and Enroll function to find QR-A courses. You can also run a DARS if you're a degree-seeking student, it should tell you if you've satisfied the requirement or not!
  22. Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm happy that I won't have lots of debt, but mostly I was just hoping to experience a new setting for a couple years, and then return to Milwaukee (since that is where my family is from). So, as of now, it looks like I'm in Milwaukee for life. UW-Milwaukee seems like a great program, and I'm sure once I'm in it I'll find my place, but I feel like I still need time to mourn Northwestern. I really wanted the Big 10 school experience, since I'm finishing my bachelor's at UW-Madison (Wisconsin's state flagship), and I love it here. UW-Milwaukee has a lot to
  23. I just accepted an offer at UW-Milwaukee, and will decline my offer at Northwestern. This really stings, because Northwestern has been my dream school for a long time. I didn't get any scholarships and I just can't justify spending $120,000 on a two year master's program. I'm sure UWM will provide me with great experiences and externships, but I'm still super sad.
  24. I was waitlisted at Marquette and will probably be withdrawing soon, but I grew up in Milwaukee, so I can talk a little bit about the city! I think a lot of people are pleasantly surprised when they come to Milwaukee. There's (usually) a lot to do in the summers, and there's a festival nearly every weekend down by the lake. Marquette isn't in the best area, but as long as you stay alert you should be okay (ditto for The Rave, which is where a lot of bands come to play- it's about 10 blocks north of Marquette). If you like sports, the Brewers and Bucks are both fun games, and they are generally
  25. Hi, do you have an opinion about which one is better? I'm a bit nervous about jumping into clinical work right away, but I feel like it would be good to have as much experience as possible.
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