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  1. I have my bachelor's degree in Spanish and speech pathology (double major). I was accepted to grad school for slp, and I attended a year, however, I was going through a really difficult period in my life and I ended up not being able to continue in the program because after re-taking a class, I got a C. I know that I was completely unfocused, and if I could take it all back and start it over, of course I would. I then took some special education classes after that, and did a semester of student teaching, which stands as an Incomplete on my transcript. I did fine in my teaching and I had all my assignments turned in, except the final project was not uploaded to the internet. I am going to contact the school about getting credit for the student teaching, but needless to say, there is a sufficient amount that I am not too proud of on my record. My GPA cumulative is 3.3 and my GPA in speech is 3.1. My GRE is 147 Q and 153 V and 4 AW. I have been working as an English language learner paraprofessional in an elementary school where I do small 40 minute reading groups (that focus on phonics, decoding, or comprehension) with kids who's primary language is Spanish. I have also been volunteering at a Conductive Learning Center in a classroom with students that have cerebral palsy. I also do tutoring, and I am going to volunteer at the local Hispanic Center. I am going to apply to grad school again and I am wondering what my chances are of getting in? Any tips on where to apply or what I could do to get in? I applied to one school a couple years ago, and did not get accepted. And since I already have tons in loans, I can't really afford to go anywhere in the country where I would pay DOUBLE. I already owe an astronomical amount, so I am mainly looking at schools that are all online, or the ones in my state. The funny thing is, I have read so much about how Spanish bilingual speech pathologists are in SUCH GREAT NEED- and HERE I AM, yet I feel I BARELY have a chance! I must say, I really don't get that. If they are in such HIGH NEED, you would think the field would WANT to scoop me up- that they almost have a DUTY TO DO SO, even if my marks aren't stellar. Is it hopeless? And this will probably have to be my last shot at being an SLP. I will have to move on, and choose something else that I don't completely want to do, so I can get a real paycheck.
  2. I don't know what to think, it seems like all people have already get a response either rejected or accepted, but not me. I have applied to PhD programs in Earth Science at six schools of which I got rejected from the two that weren't my best fit. However, I'm still waiting to hear from Washington, Rice, Maryland and UCSB, but at March 6th I haven't heard anything yet. Today, I am feeling like shit, severely anxious and completely hopeless! Should I give up on my waiting and assume that I got rejected from everywhere? I don't know what to expect
  3. Hello everyone, So I got my Gre Subject grade. It is pretty bad. I am an international student applying for an M.A. in English lit this fall. All the other elements in my application package is fine, maybe average or above average, except for this score. Obviously, it is a very difficult exam for me as a foreign student. I did my best to prepare for it in a short time while writing papers for classes, and I knew it won't be great. The problem is, it is not bad. It is terrible. I look like someone who is almost ignorant about the history of English and American literature, whereas in fact I know I am not. I just don't have enough time to prepare, plus English is not my native tongue, I am making up these gaps by personal study. Some schools I applied for do not need to the subject exam, but most do. Now I am really worried about my application this year. I wonder if anyone knows how important the subject exam is. I am sure they will take a look at it, but considering I am an international student and I am applying for an M.A... if my other elements are strong enough, can they offset a low gre subject grade? Also, anyone who score well on this exam, please share with me the ways you prepare for this exam, and please help me with it. I read most of the Norton Anthologies, but obviously it is really not enough to just read through them; I have Princeton review, but I don't really find it helpful, perhaps I need to practice it more; I searched online and some students make flashcards to help them memorize minutiae, I tried but I guess I need to try harder. Please help. Any experience/opinion is welcome. If you are too shy feel free to write mails to me. I know it is one of the biggest obstacle in my way, and I've got to overcome it. I am ready for a long-term fight/preparation: since I am not a native, it will probably take me up to 1 or 2 years to prepare for it. I am willing to try and keep trying, but I can't stick to my methods. They didn't work, and if they were wrong, they will never work. I want to adjust, fix myself and change my future. Maybe I won't get in this year, but if I start to overhaul myself earlier, maybe I will win a chance after 1 or 2 years... Many many thanks and I wish the best of luck for you (and myself!).
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