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  1. Hello! This message is for the candidates/applicants that got accepted at Dalhousie in S-LP and Audiology for fall 2022 and confirmed their acceptance. We created a group on facebook if you would like to join just send me a private message!
  2. Hi everyone, I am convinced CSDCAS is going to ruin my life. While I am clearly aware of my troubled community college era (mental health issues/pre-nursing student), I have since turned over a new leaf and set off on a better path! However, after officially submitting my applications for SLP Graduate school, I noticed my CSDCAS GPA has been calculated in a way that makes me look like a degenerate! This is clearly not the place to come seek refuge, but I would love some input on this from fellow graduate students (past or future) who have dealt with this similar issue. At this moment CSDCAS places my overall GPA (I attended 4 schools/rough college experience) at a whopping 2.89. This is way below the 3.0 requirement for every program I applied to. Currently, I am in an undergraduate CSD program (last semester) and my grades have completely transformed (3.69 overall GPA and 3.9 CSD GPA (my last 60 credit GPA is also around a 3.87). I have reached out to a majority of my schools about this and haven't really had a consistent answer. I just think this is complete BS that my past is coming back to haunt me and may be the reason I won't achieve my dreams of becoming an SLP. It should also be noted that I have worked in the medical field for over 5+ years (started right out of high school) and have been appointed many leadership opportunities in relevant organizational avenues (NSSLHA/NBASLH/Social Justice Activism Committee's, e.c.t.) This is not a "my chances" thread, but a place to discuss the in's and out's of the admission committee. Any input would be very much appreciated!
  3. Hi! so I just started my job as a new SLPA, working with kids at a preschool.. They gave me cases so I started calling parents and give start dates to the coordinator. I’d like to know, what do I say to parents? What things do I discuss? How do I properly introduce myself? “Hi Im the SLPA, calling from ‘insert business name’ and I like to schedule an appointment”? Thanks
  4. Hi. I am looking to apply for New York State SLP license and I am licensed in New Jersey. I would like to know if I can get NYS license based on the NJ license that I already have. Thanks.
  5. Hello everyone! I'm starting grad school in a week (summer start) and I'm wondering how current and past graduate students do with note-taking? I tried typing notes in class one semester during undergrad and it didn't work out for me (slow typer and I don't type "properly" lol). I've been a pen to paper kid, but I'm curious about using an iPad and pen. 3/4 of my textbooks are ebooks this term since it was the cheapest route. One thing I would like to do is write on the pages of my ebooks. I also want to mention I'm a part-time student, 2 classes per term. Looking forward to reading your experiences, etc
  6. Hi guys, Did anyone get their acceptances yet from Cycle 11? I'd love to connect with some of you. Let me know.
  7. Hey does anyone know what GRE scores do/don't make the cut for U of A and Dal? Or if anyone has heard of successful applicants and their range of scores?
  8. I'm applying to FAU (on campus) and FSU (distance learning) for their speech-language pathology MS degrees (I wanted to apply to more schools but for personal reasons those were the only two programs I would be able to attend, which is really stressful because all my eggs are in one, well two, baskets). While I haven't gotten any admission decisions back yet, I can't decide which school I would prefer. I know that I might not get into either or I may only get into one and then I won't have an option anyway - but I would love to hear about people's personal experiences in both of those schools. Pros and cons of the program, work-school balance, faculty, practicums/clinicals, online vs in campus experiences, etc - anything helps! Thanks!
  9. Hello everyone! So I'm currently completing my pre requisite courses to gain entrance into a SLP masters programs in my state. I graduated with a 2.57 GPA and it seems as though so far its all 3.0 GPA cut off. I'm completing 11 courses from USU that will transfer to these programs. So far I've gotten B+, while working full time and taking care of family during these moments. I wanted to write this and hear from others out there who have been in similar situations and what you decided to do. I am willing to put in the work to reach the criteria but is it a realistic goal for me to have? Did it work out for anyone out there? I am committed to becoming an SLP but I am also realistic. Thanks guys,
  10. I currently have a bachelor's in health science. After working at many schools as an instructional assistant, I found out about speech language pathology and completely fell in love with the field. It's hard for me to get any experience because of the virus. I was a substitute teacher for the special education programs in my area, but lost that job due to the virus as well. As of now, I work as an ABA behavior tech and I do get to work directly with children with autism. I've applied to 3 different schools, but I have been rejected to each one. My grades in the past weren't that great and my overall GPA is at a 3.1. Many graduate schools are also not requiring the GRE, which maybe could have helped me out if I tried to take the test. How could I increase my chances of getting in and become a stronger candidate? A part of me wants to give up, but this is something I really want to do and achieve. I've tried messaging the schools to see what I could have done better, but I have not received any feedback from them. I'm not sure where to go from here or what direction I should take. I would appreciate it if I could get some help.
  11. Hi! Mini-vent time!! So I'm kind of experiencing anxiety at the moment trying to apply for grad school. I've emailed 2 professors 2-3 times over the last month asking if they'd be able to write letters on my behalf and no responses. I currently have a SPED professor writing me a letter and a former supervisor agree to write me one. As backups, I have two SPED teachers I worked alongside, my current supervisor (principal at a school), and an assistant principal from my current work site. I haven't asked any of my backups yet because I wanted to have 2 or 1 CSD professor on board. I'm aware of remote learning occurring at my university too, so I'm sure all professors emails are swapped. 😥 I'm worried about the possibility of one falling thru, having no CSD professors to write me letters; therefore causing me to put applying on hold. I'm aware a lot of admission committees want to hear from other CSD professors about academics and the ability to be successful in graduate school. Sometimes I feel like having most of my letters coming from supervisors or colleagues may work against me, *shrug* My major GPA was a 3.3, but last 60 units wad a 3.58. Cumulative GPA was a 3.4. Low GRE scores (280, AW: 3.00) and I'm studying to retake it. A lot of extra curricular activities when I was in school, worked in special education was an paraprofessional, ABA therapy.. I really need some encouragement right now. It just feels like bad timing, idk. Is anyone else experiencing or faced this dilemma before?
  12. PedsInTraining

    SLP vs OT

    Hi! This is my first post here on GradCafe, so if I mess up, please lmk! Anyway, I am a college student and am in desperate need of some advice. I have decided to pursue one of two career fields: Occupational Therapy or Speech- Language Pathology. I 100% want to work in Pediatrics; in OT I would prefer an Outpatient Setting, and in SLP I would prefer the school setting. I love the games and the mats in OT, but I don’t love their scope of practice. Daily living skills are incredibly important, and I have no problem with the thought of helping people develop them; I just don’t want to dedicate to it. For SLP, I love their scope and I would love to help those children learn to communicate correctly. I imaging that some of my students would, unfortunately, be bullied for their speech, and I want to help them. I also am interested in learning disabilities and the school setting in general. However, I am afraid that the therapy will be too repetitive. I also want to have fun with the children I treat, and fear they won’t enjoy it since it wouldn’t be as fun for them. I have shadowed an SLP in the school setting, and I observed my cousin’s OT Therapy in an outpatient setting; I loved both... I would love any advice that you guys have. Thank you very much!
  13. I have a question for anyone who wants to help! Part of my essay prompt is to discuss potential challenges grad students may face in an environment of constant evolving technology. Want to know if I'm on the right track and my ideas are following the prompt. Private messages please. Thanks in advance
  14. Do you have to resend your college transcripts to CSDCAS if you previously applied using their system? I applied in 2018. Not sure if I need to do this. I have green checks on everything and I'm able to submit an application. EDIT: I got my question answered!
  15. Hi! I just have a question for y'all. I'm working on my personal statement. I'm thinking about including a small paragraph about my late grandmother. She became sick after I graduated with my bachelor's and me and my mother took care of her until she passed on a few years ago. She passed away while I was applying to grad schools for the first time. I decided to continue applying anyway. Honestly I wasn't in the best head space back then, but I'm doing a lot better overall now. Do you think it's relevant to include this in my essay? Would it take away from the whole thing? I know it's not related to the field, but it was an experience that made me stronger as a person. I'd appreciate advice, feedback, etc. Thanks in advance 🙂
  16. Does anyone know of any Speech Language Pathology graduate programs that are waiving the GRE for 2020-2021 due to the coronavirus? Thanks!
  17. Hi! I am a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and am now in AmeriCorps. I'm looking to pursue a Master's in speech-language pathology/communication sciences and disorders next fall. There is only one official grad program for this field covered by Coverdell (Bowling Green State of Ohio), but I'm here to see if any other RPCVs pursuing SLP found significant financial support at their grad schools. Thanks in advance!
  18. My BA is in linguistics, so I'm trying to gain information on what kind of prerequisites I need in order to apply to a master's program in speech language pathology. Each school's individual requirements are pretty straightforward but, so far, every school has given me a different answer as to what exactly the ASHA requirements are. In terms of the general prerequisites (social science, statistics, sciences, etc) I'm good to go. However in terms of the SPA courses, some schools are telling me that Intro to Hearing Sciences (or similar) is an ASHA requirement but some schools are telling me that I don't need it, which obviously doesn't make sense because if it's an ASHA requirement, shouldn't all schools require it? Besides coursework, are there any other requirements besides 25 hours of clinical observation? I'm trying to figure out everything on my own and since every program is giving me different answers as to what is and is not required, I'm afraid I will find out too late that I am missing something and not have enough time to complete it before the program starts. (I am aiming for an August 2021 start date and am starting my prerequisite coursework this fall) I would so appreciate any information or tips, and to speak with someone who went into SLP from an out-of-field BA. Thanks!
  19. Hello everyone. I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy during the current health pandemic. For those of you who recently graduated or are expecting to graduate soon, did you complete your medical externship through teletherapy? If so which teletherapy companies are open to students?
  20. Hi! I was just accepted into my top program for grad school, and I was so excited, but now I'm scared. I do not feel that my undergrad prepared me at all. I don't feel ready. I feel like undergrad was just memorizing the info to get an A on the exam and tossing it out of my head. I can't help but feel like I'm not good enough or feel like I know absolutely nothing. Does anyone else feel this way? Is it normal?
  21. Hello everyone! I began writing practice GRE essays to improve my score and familiarize myself with the format and expectations of the AWA section. Can anyone read my sample essay and attempt to grade it? if not, then advice will suffice. I will include the sample prompt and my response below. Thanks in advance! The emergence of the online “blogosphere” and social media has significantly weakened the quality of political discourse in the United States. Reason: When anyone can publish political opinions easily, standards for covering news and political topics will inevitably decline. Write a response in which you examine your own position on the statement. Explore the extent to which you either agree or disagree with it, and support your reasoning with evidence and/or examples. Be sure to reflect on ways in which the statement might or might not be true, and how this informs your thinking on the subject. Anyone, regardless of political party and qualifications, should have the freedom to write their own political opinions on the internet and social media. The argument claims that the emergence of social media and blogging has weakened the quality of political discourse in America and has led to a decline in standards for covering news and political topics. I disagree with this statement. First, social media and blogging had led to an increase in resources and a diverse range of topics and opinions. Having different sources does not cause a decline in standards. The standards should not come from only a limited number of individuals and corporations. By doing so, the people are not able to see more than one side of a story. The quality of political discourse improves if bloggers and social media users are able to report news and write about political topics. Second, it is confirmed that media companies and newspapers are strongly influenced by political parties. For example, television news networks such as CNN and Fox News report on news and politics in vastly different ways. During the 2016 Presidential election, many news anchors reported that Hilary Clinton would easily win the election based on their polls and surveys. Fox News reported in support of Mr. Trump and displayed their survey in polls, indicating that he could win. These are two examples how much power a political party can have over a news company. Companies that publish a news article that is influenced by or is biased towards one party that turns out to be ultimately false and the motive was political gain. This weakens the standards of journalism. In journalism, one is taught to deliver news in a non-biased, neutral fashion. One must not report to support a political agenda as it becomes corrupt. Having a supportive stance on neutrality among bloggers and social media users strengthens the quality and standards of reporting the news. Having a variety of sources in news due to bloggers and social media improves the standards of delivering news to the American people. By limiting who can report on political topics, it weakens the quality of political discourse. Delivering news by the people and for the people is what the USA should be held to a high standard.
  22. My test date is near the end of the month and I'm starting to get anxious. I've been reviewing consistently since January but I'm nervous about I still won't be prepared and my score won't improve. This will be my second attempt. First time was not good at all. My grandmother passed away 2 years and I wasn't mentally ready to go back into studying until a month closer to the day I took it. Studying the first time was not consistent. Had a lot of personal things going on, but I'm in a better place. Encouragement and positive words are much appreciated 🙂
  23. I received an email from NAU's president about COVID and the fall classes starting in the fall. It also said: "As we approach the end of the spring semester, I want to congratulate you again on your admission to NAU and your resiliency in the face of this unprecedented global pandemic." l have not received anything from them about admission or denial yet so I'm wondering if they sent that to everyone or only to the people the admitted. Did anyone else get that email who is waiting for a response?
  24. I still have not heard back from Western Kentucky University. I emailed last week and the lady in charge of the office said that they've been notifying students for several weeks and giving them a week to accept or deny. By the way the email was worded, it seems like they are reaching out to students one at a time instead of as a group. I know things are different given the COVID-19 but is there still hope I could hear back or has anyone else heard/haven't heard back yet?
  25. Has anyone heard anything from Iona yet? Also if anyone knows anything about this program I'd love to hear about it! Thanks!
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