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  1. I'm graduating from UCF in Spring 2017, and looking for Summer/Fall 2017 applications for graduate schools. I've already started the processes and right now am planning to apply for 4 schools- UT-Dallas, UCF, UF, USF (it's so expensive to apply!) My scores/criteria stands as: GPA- 4.0 in last 60 credit hours (working to keep that up until I graduate), 3.53 for all my undergrad credits GRE- 154 verbal, 152 quant, 5 analytical writing I'm part of NSSLHA I have a part-time job teaching color guard and have been actively involved in traveling with drum corps during the summer, so that shows dedication. I have another part-time job at the Rec & Wellness Center on campus as a fitness attendant and I'm part of the Risk Management program through the gym which helps with safety and prevention awareness I volunteer at a daycare which promotes bilingual teaching at a young age in order to expose children to two language (english and spanish in my case) at the same time, and I may become part-time there as a VPK teacher. So although I've not had any direct work in the field or as an SLPA or doing research (not really my top interest), I think I have several things to make me stand out along with competitive scores. I have LoR from a professor who attended and loved my #1 choice for grad school (UT-Dallas) and a few other letters from other professors I enjoyed learning from. Any comments or anything would help, I'm trying to sort out my chances and stuff
  2. I am applying to all of the top engineering schools for my masters, and I was wondering about whether I should go for brute honesty or a little more finesse. I am not yet 100% sure that I want to do research, but I have heard rumors that admissions counselors frown down upon people who do not have a clear vision as to what they are going to do in the future by now. As such, should I stick to trying to spin everything in my SOP about research, or should I blatantly say that I am not yet sure. Also, would it be detrimental if I wrote that I am doing a Masters just to gain more skills, rather than focusing on research?? Again I am talking about the higher ranking schools here, UCSD, GA Tech, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, etc.
  3. Hi everyone, I'm looking for some advice. I'm applying to NJ schools, four in particular. However I just found out one of these starts in the summer, and all pre-reqs must be completed by May. I'll be doing two science courses in spring and I just CANNOT complete the one other pre-req I'm missing by May as well. So it looks like this school is off my list. I'm also panicking that my list is now just three schools. Also, I'm trying to get apps going NOW and I'm just uncomfortable that my transcripts will indicate I'm still in process of taking my 5th and 6th prereq, but I don't want to wait until they're over in December. Does this matter? This process is completely overwhelming. Thanks for listening. Kate
  4. Unrelated Gap Year

    Hi, I'm new to this site and I'm trying to get a more informed opinion on whether doing an unrelated gap year would ruin my chances for a PhD. Most students I know, and a lot on this site, who decide to take a gap year end up in a research lab gaining more experience. However, I currently have a high-ish gpa (~3.7) that I plan to maintain, hopefully a good gre, and research experience (2 years related in an honors thesis, and 1 unrelated year researching bees). So I don't think I need more research experience and I would like to consider doing a gap year teaching English abroad and getting rid of any last wanderlust before chaining myself to a lab bench. I love research but I don't particularly want to be a lab monkey for minimum wage for a job I don't plan to stay in more than a year. Would I come back and realize I have no shot at getting a PhD, or reduced chances?
  5. I need an application mentor!

    I'm wondering if there is someone who might have some time to chat with me about several questions I have about applying to grad school in psychology. I need to know things about applying for grants, requesting references, and looking for supervisors. I am incredibly stressed and just need a little advice. Please contact me if you can help at all!
  6. Hey guys, I was wondering if I could get some advice! I'm a resident of California, USA and I've just graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. Although I truly enjoy psychology as a subject, I know I don't necessarily want to become a "psychologist"per se. A professor of mine told me about Speech Therapy/ Speech Language Pathology before graduation, and the topic really intrigued me. After some research, I think I can see myself working in a school setting with young kids and/or teenagers! The problem is; however, in CA there are only two schools that have an SLP program (within my means of travel), and both require a degree in Communicative Disorders. There is a post-bacc program available that would need 2 years of completion before I can apply to the 3-5 year M.A. in Communicative Disorders program that leads into becoming an SLP. I joined this forum site basically to gauge anyone's opinion or advice--do you think it's worth it to endure the post-bacc; financially and time-wise? Should I maybe try for SLPA instead? Or do you know of any other fields that can combine therapy/education/health science the way speech therapy does without having to work in a hospital setting?
  7. GRE Biology Subject Test

    Hello all! I'm trying to study for my 2nd time at the Biology GRE subject test and am looking for more interactive, class or video study sessions. Simply reading doesn't seem to be doing it for me. If only there was actually a test prep course out there! Any suggestions? I had seen a review here: http://study.com/academy/course/gre-biology-study-guide-test-prep.html#courseNavigation and was wondering if anyone had feedback about review courses on there as well.
  8. I am taking a look at social work programs and Boston College seems to have everything I am interested in. Certificate programs like the Latino Leadership program and the Refugee and Immigrant program are ideal for me. But I feel as though I have taken a look at a few students who shared their profiles and I may not seem up to par on paper. Here is the general gist of my experience: -Bachelors degree in Spanish, no minor with GPA of 3.2 Summer semester abroad with 4.0 GPA at that university. -Volunteer at a clinic called Centro Latino for a year. I translated, interpreted, provided support to immigrants with everyday processes such as going to the dmv, apartment issues, attending doctors visits ..etc. as well as helped to organize a camp over the summer for latino children that catered to more impoverished families. -Paid internship as a legal assistant for an Immigration attorney for a semester and worked primarily with the latino population. -Volunteer at an orphanage for 3 weeks in Cochabamba, Bolivia - Spanish teacher at a private pre-school for a year. taught 3-4 yr olds spanish in two separate classes, each once a week. (would this be relevant??) -I am also moving to Spain for the year to be an assistant teacher where I will provide students with knowledge and understanding of my culture while also teaching them english. -I am in contact with an organization called Aliento that I will be volunteering for while I am in Spain. They have an orphanage as well as other facilities that I will help with. I am in direct contact with their social worker and will try my best to work closely with her. - I plan on taking the GRE and really really hope I get a decent score! I did fairly well on the SAT years ago so I am sure I can get a decent score on it. - I wish I had other experience as a volunteer or intern but I couldn't consistently volunteer as I had to work full time to support myself through college. I did volunteer at a pharmaceutical clinic that offered hugely discounted or free medicine to those in need and a homeless shelter but I did not have enough time to do them consistently. I worked maybe 50-80 hours at the clinic as well as approx 30 hours at the homeless shelter. Any advice? I really want to pursue a career in helping the latino community internationally as well as domestically! I am half mexican and I am among the first few on my fathers side of the family to graduate high school, get my bachelors, and I will be first of this side of my family to get my masters degree. Because my parents were divorced, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to grow up within the latino community with my fathers side of the family, but also to grow up in a completely americanized italian family with my mothers side of the family (great-great grandparents are from italy). I see the common struggles many of my mexican family members face that I avoided growing up because I, like my mother, was very americanized. I havent been able to find a college that catered to the latino side of social work like BC on the east coast! If you know of any others I would love to hear from you! And if you have been admitted or rejected to BC, what kind of profile did you have? What was/is your experience there?
  9. Hi! I have concerns about beginning the application process this next year, and I would be very grateful to anyone having the time and kindness to offer advice. I'm interested in Cranbrook. I'm hoping to concentrate in sculpture in grad school, and their sculpture department's work looks incredible, and a professor I trust recommends them highly. Does anyone have any experience with Cranbrook, either having applied there, gone there, known anyone else who has any experience? I'm wondering not only if it is the right fit for me, but what sort of financial aid they offer, and very importantly, if I might stand a chance at acceptance. I'm coming from a very small but dedicated undergrad program, with great faculty. It's public but is still one of the best schools in my state (SC) for art. I have only ever had one solo show, and I haven't won many awards for my work. The main area I have experience in is public art and teaching. So, I'm very nervous as to whether I'm ready for grad school. My favorite professor and department head from undergrad are both highly encouraging me to pursue graduate school. The professor asks me about it near every time I see him (pretty much weekly lately). I know that I can get a great recommendation from him (he's done a ton to help me in the past) and at least a good one from my department head, along with recommendations from at least three other art professionals if I ask. I'm currently helping teach at my undergrad as a TA and did the same last year with the other professor. I'm working on a public commission for the campus of my undergrad, finished my first public commission last year while in school, and I have a meeting Monday to discuss another possible project that would be much larger. I have work in this year's ArtField's competition (southeastern competition with 400 artists). I will finish my degree program in industrial welding this summer (to supplement the welding knowledge I gained in undergrad). I hope to apply as an affiliate artist in residence to a nearby residency program, the McColl Center, for the time between finishing my teaching assistantship and when I might start grad school in fall 2017. I don't know, any knowledge helps. I'm not sure what other experiences people try to acquire before applying that I might be lacking. I'm also interested in Bard, VCU, ASU. Because of my undergrad experience, I would love to go to a school with dedicated faculty and stimulating classmates. Good facilities would be great because I can work in a lot of different media, but not as important as dedicated and inspiring people and a great artist lecture series. Thanks!
  10. HELP! 3-year MFA in Graphic Design

    Hi, I'm currently in the third and final year of my Bachelor's Degree in something totally unrelated to Graphic Design, in India. I don't want to do anything related to my Bachelors in the future and want to do something related to Graphic Design/Illustration after I graduate. I've always been into art and design since a child and I was seriously considering Graphic Design in school. I even got accepted at an Art School with a Foundation year but I chose to stay in India as I got into one of the best colleges in Liberal Arts here. Even now, I find myself doodling in class all the time, have big ideas in my head and volunteer for small college design stuff. I don't have much experience apart from art classes in school, winning a few small college level competitions and designing invites, posters etc for college events. I thoroughly enjoy design but lack any kind of formal training and don't know any technicalities related to Graphic Design. I simply use a cheap knockoff of Photoshop to design stuff, which I am really passionate about. People praise my work all the time and a number of people have told me to pursue design in the future. I feel like I have the potential but lack any proper education in Design. I absolutely don't want to study further in India as the Design scene here isn't too strong and want to learn GD from scratch. I researched a lot and found the following options, but am not sure if i'll be accepted for an MFA at my level, being only 20 years old. OPTIONS: 3 year MFA in Graphic Design (schools like RISD, CalArts, CCA) Post-Bacc at MICA 2 year MS in Communication Design at Pratt 2 year AAS in Graphic Design at Parsons 2 year AAS at Pratt where after the two year AAS, I can transfer to the 3rd year (Junior level) of the BFA in Comm Design) Second Bachelors in Graphic Design It would be amazing if I could get some advice about this as I am thinking about this all the time and really need some direction and clarity. Also, if someone could suggest a few schools in Europe, UK etc, it would be great! As of now, whatever schools I researched about in Europe/UK, they require a lot of experience to apply at the Masters Level.
  11. Issue: People who make decisions based on emotion and justify those decisions with logic afterwards are poor decision makers. Task: Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Essay: People make decisions every day. Some of them are related to ourselves, some of them involve other people. While a poor decision in one case can be harmless, it can also play a crucial role in people's lives in another situation. Sometimes emotion-based decisions can lead to a good outcome, and we usually define people who make successful emotion-based decisions as people with good intuition. However, in mots case emotion-based decisions can lead to dramatically negative outcomes. Analysis should be done with a clear head, so the results can be interpreted without any biases. If a person has already made a decision based on his intuition, or based on his liking or disliking of a certain thing, then it is absolutely useless to analyze the situation. A person can always find an explanation for a situation, or justify his/her decision if he already knows the final goal. In some situations our decisions involve lives of others. A judge, for example, has a tremendous responsibility on his/her shoulders. What would happen to our society of judges made all decisions in criminal cases based on their emotions? How many good-looking murderers, who can easily mislead people with their fake smiles, will be free and continue to make their horrible deeds? The same argument is valid for doctors, engineers, and many more other professions where people need to make decisions based on facts and facts only. It is worth noticing that in some circumstances, emotions can play a positive role. Business world is a good example here. Directors, owners, and business strategists do not always equipped with all information that they need in order to make a decision. However, a decision needs to be made. Steve Jobs, a famous american entrepreneur, had to make many decisions without having sufficient information about consumers and a market, because the business he was in--personal computers--was absolutely new, and there were no data available. So Steve Jobs made many decisions, listening to his intuition, what we also can call "emotion-based" decisions, and then he made his employees work to prove those decisions were right. In the end, his decisions were right, and Apple Computers became the most valuable company in the world. Approach to making decisions should be taken with regard to the circumstances. Sometimes we have plenty of information to perform an analysis, and then make conclusions based on the data we get. However, this is not always the case. A person has to understand a consequences of his/her decisions. If someone's life depends on your decision--you should base it on facts. Doctors, judges,police offices, and engineers should understand that lack of information cannot always justify an emotion-based decision.
  12. Hello, I'm pretty new to this forum, I was hoping for some input/help I'm planning on applying to grad school for speech language pathology for the Fall 2017 year, and I'm just freaking out about applications and GRE scores. I have a 3.731 GPA but my GRE scores are god awful. It's pretty embarrassing to even share my scores (mostly due to the math). To be fair, I did not study as hard as I should have for the GRE. I'm planning on taking it a second time around and I've been putting in major hours (Memorized 500 vocab words + Magoosh vocab). However, it seems my Achilles heel is the quantitative reasoning. I know people say they are "bad at math", but I just do not understand math.. I am able to understand if I walk through the solution, but it seems like when the problem is rearranged in any way or given to me different I just blank out. I've always been this way and have been placed in remedial math when I was younger. It's just the hardest subject for me, and I hate that I have a hard time understanding it. I wish I could afford an online GRE course, but it just is not an option for me. I have been practicing diligently with the Manhattan Prep + Vocabulary I mentioned before, and also The Princeton Review: Cracking the GRE. Having limited understanding of math (I could probably do the simple problems..), does anyone have any suggestions or think it's worth it to keep trying with the math? Or should I not worry about the math and just focus mainly on my strong subjects (writing, reading, text completion)? Any answers would be appreciated!
  13. Hi guys, For those of you struggling with GRE, especially GRE math, I am holding a meetup event this Sunday to talk about great tips and advice about GRE math test with one-to-one consultation. I am currently a graduate student at Columbia University. I took GRE twice last year and scored 100% on math, which has definitely helped me to get accepted into Columbia University. Many of my friends asked me tips - I have used Magoosh but I made my own problem book and I keep refreshing them and practice looking for keywords. With the right strategy and preparation, I believe everyone can score very high in GRE and especially in math. This Sunday I'm going to talk about how I prepared for GRE, within a short period of time, that would work for people even with little math background. If you're around in New York, please come by, it's for free. If not, you can also contact me or further help at [email protected] Please see my Craigslist post for further informaiton at http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/lss/5722106731.html Good luck! Daitong
  14. Hi all, Im going to senior next sem and planning to apply for a position in stat graduate program. To be honest I am in complete awe and confusion about school selection since im not sure where would take a pretty empty cv and an ok academic record like mine. I literally have no peer, friend, or senior to ask/discuss about this. It would be very kind of you if you could help me figure this out, and maybe, recommend me some schools?. Here's my profile Undergrad Institution: Asian, top 50 QS ranking Majors: Math (mostly applied, stat, and fin-math track, my school doesn't have a separate stat dep) Double major: Business administration GPA: 3.96/4.3 translated to 96.22/100 if A+ = A Type of Student: International, asian, female GRE General Test: Q 167 V 154 W 3.0, planning to retake this sept GRE Math Subject Test: Planning on taking this Oct TOEFL: taking this september, aimingly > 100 Courses/Background: Math Classes: calculus 1&2, analysis, logic&set, linear algebra, complex analysis, basic topology, number theory, diff equation, (planning to take rigorous linear algebra, comp method for stat and lebesque theory next sem) Other Relevant Classes: Intro to programming, prob&stat, stat for business, stat for risk analysis, mathematical stat, prob theory, comp simulation for fin-math, numerical theory Computational skills: Python, R, Matlab Research Experience: a winning project in intel isef from high school, an individual study about financial math, and that's it :'( (my school doesn't provide much research opportunity for math student) Letters of Recommendation: 1 statistics professor (took two classes with her), 1 math professor (a close friend of mine), and 1 organizational behavior professor (close to me that I can guarantee a good recommendation, unfortunately i don't have close relationship with other stat professors, still wondering if i should take one from fin-math professor i did individual study with, he's well-known, but im not sure he can provide a good lor for me) Awards and honors: scholarships from school, a few other small scholarships Teaching experience: tutor of calculus 1&2 for a year until now Planning to apply to: (the schools i've searched so far, not sure at all about whether each is reach/managable/safe): Texas A&M, Rice, TU Austin, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, Florida, Houston, UChicago, Ohio State, Boston Thanks a lot in advance. Any of your opinion would be precious to me!!!
  15. PhD Application Consultant

    I'm interested in applying to PhD programs for Fall 2017, and would like to get all the help that I can with my application. I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with application consultants. Thoughts? Recommendations?
  16. I took my GRE last week and got a 149-Q and 157-V. I went through the entire ETS GRE book, and scored consistently around a 312 on the power prep tests. I struggle with test anxiety, and knew I was moderately underprepared for math, but did not expect to perform as low as I did. I am scheduling to retake it in 2 months and really need a 320 for my target school! My GPA is a 3.98, and I have extensive research experience so this test is the only thing getting in the way of my dream school. If you have improved your GRE the second time taking it, can you post your scores from the 1st and 2nd time, and the amount of time/method you used to improve? I need motivation by hearing from people who have made this possible!
  17. I'm at the end of my rope with my situation and would appreciate any insight/opinions. I graduated from a top-20 institution a few years ago with a bachelor's in chemical engineering. Unfortunately, due to a combination of personal factors I failed to graduate with a decent GPA. I did have some research experience and 3 pretty shining rec letters from profs/a boss, though, so I applied to graduate school despite my less-than-stellar application. I ended up being accepted to a tier-2 research institution for a bioengineering PhD program. I started working in a lab my first semester, started research I was interested and overall had a very positive outlook on my situation. After a few weeks, though, things started to get weird. First, my PI became verbally and emotionally abusive. At first I thought it was just me, but after a few more weeks I discovered that they had a reputation in the department (and beyond) and had even been known to become physically aggressive. That wasn't a dealbreaker, I was miserable but I got to a point where I could manage my interactions with them in the first few months. Then my advisor started to constantly change goals and directions with my project. I started to see a pattern of this happening with other people's projects too. Things that should've taken a few weeks were dragged out over months. Potential publications were sat on or stonewalled. They switched people around on projects so no one made significant progress on any one thing. Master's students were rotated in and out to do work PhD students would normally do without pay. They constantly held funding over everyone's heads. I saw upwards of 10 PhD students leave in my first year and a half and countless masters students. I found out that my PI hadn't graduated anyone in years. I hoped that my PI would finally let me progress in my research after I passed my first qual with the highest possible score, but things have only gotten worse. I could list many other reasons that the situation in the lab has become untenable. At this point I've pulled myself together since undergrad, have a 4.0, several scholarships and fellowships, and am an officer for a prominent honor society. My experience with my advisor has really poisoned this field for me, but not my desire to do research. I really want to go back to the broader field of chemical engineering. I know the schools I would want to apply to, but I know transferring isn't something you can really do as a PhD student, especially since I doubt I'd be able to have a rational conversation about this with my advisor. I've thought about applying somewhere as a new applicant for Fall 2017, but I'm afraid that even though I would be switching fields no program would want to take me. I'm afraid that my prospects to get my PhD are ruined. I've considered sticking it out for a master's at my current program, but I would have to almost double my student loan debt just to pay for tuition and I don't even know if a master's in biomedical engineering would even help me to get into a chemical engineering PhD program. Does anyone have any advice? Should I contact someone from the graduate offices at the programs I'm interested in? If so, who? Would it be worth it to stay for a master's in a program and field I now hate? Should I try to get a job? If I did get a job now, could I apply to other programs in the future with less of the stigma I might see now? TL;DR: 1. I have a mediocre undergrad GPA at a good school in ChemE and am now 2 years deep in a biomedical engineering PhD with a 4.0/research experience 2. My situation with my advisor has become unsustainable and I have been barred from making progress toward my dissertation 3. I want to go back to ChemE but don't know if I have any chances of being accepted if I apply to a program, especially without my advisor's support 4. Should I contact someone from the graduate offices at the programs I'm interested in? If so, who? Would it be worth it to stay for a master's in a program and field I now hate? Should I try to get a job? If I did get a job now, could I apply to other programs in the future with less of the stigma I might see now? Thanks in advance for any advice; my lease is up in August and I really need to make a decision.
  18. Hello! I will be starting my graduate program in psychology this fall and am feeling very anxious about it. When I applied to programs, I was confident in my decision to attend grad school. However, I have recently found interest in an area unrelated to my program and am questioning my decision to attend grad school. Has anyone experienced this uncertainty before? Any advice or personal stories would be helpful. Thank you!
  19. Research Karma

    Hey all, I am a desparate graduate student seeking participants for a study on graduate students. If you are willing to participate see the link below. It also might be cool to use this thread for others to post their studies as well so that others can get students. See below for the link and some info! Research Study: Grad Students Needed! What? A thirty minute online survey that explores your career and family experiences Participants must be…18 years or older, currently enrolled in a graduate program Time as requirements…Aproximately 30 minutes, one time online survey Reward…an option to enter a drawing for $20.00 How to start…click the link https://und.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_20hVbG8QFRwPrIV
  20. Hello I am graduating this May with a 3.68 gpa. I am very upset because two classes brought me down from my 3.71 I am taking a year off and I am hopefully getting a job as a rehab therapy aid and I am going to take classes at a community college in the public health major. Will the community college GPA be factored into my undergraduate bachelor's gpa? Is there any other way I can raise these grades?
  21. SLP student in trouble

    I am Ruby (26f), a Speech Language Pathology student from Missouri. I have completed all my undergraduate and graduate corse work, including my school based internship and am now having problems obtaining my final medical based 10 week internship to complete my degree and obtain my Masters. The problem is when I was 20 I was caught stealing and obtained a shoplifting charge on my record. It has been the problem of hopsitals allowing me to complete an internship. This has happened several times with different hosptials and I am really worried what can be done. I have looked into if I could get the record expunged but it doesn't appear to be so. I realize this doesn't make me sound like a great canidate but I can assure you it was a huge mistake of mine I have nothing aginst me of the like but instead have a long history of vounterring, good grades throughout my schooling, and truly a love for helping others. I'm hoping to find some people who have knoweldge of a situation of the like as I know I cannot be the only one in a situaiton like this (though my supervisors made me feel that way.) I greatly appreaciate any time spend answering me and any information that can be provided. I am hoping to find answers as I really need the help. Id be willing to give more details if it would help answer my questions. Graciously, Ruby
  22. Bams GPA scoring

    Hi everyone, I am a bams doctor.I wanted to apply in US for master studies. The university admission counsellor asked me about my bams degree's GPA scoring. I googled about 'WES' world education services, which evaluates the degree course by course. But it's a COSTLY thing and also requires to submit documents of degree, std 10th and std 12th attessted from the controller of exams, now i am just worried whether to go for it or not. Kindly guide .
  23. Hi everyone, I’m hoping you all could give me some advice. I’m deciding between two unfunded MA programs for English, BU and UIC. (I know how financially irresponsible this is, for all you in that camp.) BU is a 1 year program, and UIC is a 2 year program. They actually run about the same in tuition costs. BU has offered me a $5,000 scholarship, but compared to the total cost of tuition, it is a drop in the bucket. Does anyone have some sort of formula to weigh pros and cons of schools? I attended BU’s open house, and I really love the feel of the campus, and I think I would be happy there – but the cost of living in Boston is higher than Chicago. Also, Chicago is closer to my home – I could take a train home easily if I needed to. Right now, my gut is telling me BU, but the other part of me is saying UIC, (less distance, less expensive, I’m familiar with the city.) Thank you for any advice you can give.
  24. Hello all! I've been lurking for a couple weeks (and learning so much! thanks to all of you for all of your help so far!) but I think I may be waaaayyy earlier in the process than most here so I wanted to ask directly for advice. Basically my situation is that I'm an undergrad, currently on leave and will be going back to school in the Fall. I've done two years, but due to a whole string of health issues I basically will be a sophomore when I go back (I've been taking reduced course loads, etc.). I recently have started considering a degree in a bio-related field, perhaps cognitive science or something similar. I started as a computer science major, but I'm really doubting that decision for personal reasons now. All of a sudden, grad school may be in my future which is something that I had never considered (CS majors in my department *rarely* go on to grad school and those are only the ones dead set on academia - usually it's a few years in a startup/industry before they decide to go back). Obviously I don't know one way or another yet, but I thought I would start to "learn the language" of grad school so that I wouldn't have to play catch up (as much) later especially since it seems *everyone* at my school already is preparing/dead set on it and I literally only figured out what the GRE in the past month. I'm a first-gen student and hadn't ever really had a personal relationship with anyone with even a BA/BS before going to university, so I am really starting from zero both in actual knowledge and cultural understanding of all of this. I know I'm way far away from worrying about specifics like where I want to apply, doing actual GRE prep, etc. but do any of you have advice/resources that are more along the lines of "Grad School 101"? Basically, what are the things that I should be thinking about at this point? What should I be considering when thinking about whether grad school may or may not be for me? Are there any good books/websites that cover the necessary jargon that I need to know? Sorry that this is so broad, but I thought it might be worth an ask since everything seems to be targeted at people who have already decided on grad school. Also, I hope this is the right place to post this, but if not, a pointer in the right direction would be appreciated! Many thanks in advance
  25. Hi everyone! I was just accepted for two different online Speech Pathology Post Bacc Programs: SUNY New Paltz and Idaho State University. I am very conflicted in my decision because both offer a different amount of courses. New Paltz offers 9 and ISU offers 15 (3 labs). I wanted to see if anyone has any feedback on these programs or if anyone knows which I should be leaning towards. I need to get a great GPA to be able to get into a master program, so I don't know if I want to overwhelm myself with the 15 classes, but then again, will I be able to apply to all schools later on with only 9? So conflicted. Please help!