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  1. Hi! I live in Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas. I am trying to gain as many observation hours as I can before I submit an OT application to TWU. I only have 20 hours from Children's right now. One hospital in Lewisville do not accept observers. Where have you guys contacted for observations? Is it common to find many clinics reject observers? Thanks!
  2. Hi folks, So I just transferred into a CommDis program, and I am receiving good marks: but I am wondering about certain facets of the grad school application. For example, student research at my school is incredibly hard to come by: this is because there is a large number of CommDis majors at my school with frankly, all of the same qualifications, so the chances of any student(even with good grades) being accepted into one of these positions is few and far between. Is there a way to offset this in my application, or any organizations that allow students to participate in research? Additionally, I am wondering about what is considered an "average" resume for grad school, and also what is the top standard. I have had some experience working with children, and I am doing a ten week internship with an autism program next year. I plan on doing tutoring, as well as doing a weekly program as a teaching assistant with The Literacy Project(A program which helps both highschoolers and adults graduate with a high school diploma). I am also a member of the NSSLHA chapter at my school. However, I feel that these things seem sub-par at best on my application. I am attempting to get a job working as a PCA one-on-one, but those jobs are also hard to come by in my area. Any advice or ideas? Thank you for your time!
  3. Hi all, This is my first post. After searching a bit through the forum, I haven't really found an answer to the questions I am asking. While some types of work experience definitely seem to be more valuable than others, I was just hoping for any information about how volunteer work and community/grassroots organizing is valued for MPA/MPP students? My ideal career is hopefully gonna combine policy, communications, and outreach. I have worked as a community organizer for a non-profit dealing with reproductive rights for about a year. Additionally, I also have six years of volunteer experience for a local arts/culture non-profit and another year of volunteer experience for a non-partisan voter education organization. Basically, should I wait awhile longer before applying (and get a different job) or will this been seen as valuable work experience? My apologies if this question seems obvious- I can't really find any information on it. Thanks!
  4. Hi all :-) I've been trying to find some interesting volunteering opportunities for the summer and upcoming academic year, and it's got me thinking... I had been strongly considering volunteering at the local community college or public library as an ESL tutor/ general tutor for adults prepping for the GRE -- it sounded rewarding and reasonably relevant to my SLP interests. The thing is, I've also been checking out SLP job listings in my geographical area to get an idea of what's out there on the other side of all this school, and almost every listing I've seen has been pediatric (early intervention/ schools/ private pediatric clinics/ childrens' hospital). I like kids, but ideally I'd prefer to work with adults (professional voice users)... but now I'm wondering if it might be more pragmatic to get some experience with kids, given the way the job market seems to be going? (Side note: Is that an accurate assessment of the way the job market is going?) I'd heard the field is expanding most in terms of children and the elderly, thanks to modern medicine, so maybe it would be smart, from a career strategy perspective, to have a really solid pediatric background. I'd rather be an SLP who has a job working with kids than an unemployed SLP, you know? Also, as a way out-of-field applicant, I'm also considering how to craft solid resume/ grad school application. Would it be better to just stick with adults and create a more focused, cohesive snapshot of myself (opera singer who wants to work with professional voice users) for an admission committee? Or should I find some way to work with kids (homework helper/ reading tutor) to diversify my experiences a bit and be more versatile/ open to the entire SLP field, not just a narrow focus? Thanks! :-)
  5. Hello everyone! I'm new to the forums but I've been browsing and there's a lot of useful information! I'll be applying to MSW programs in this upcoming application period and I'm worried about my amount of experience. My grades are pretty good and I have some good letters of rec accounted for already. I am a strong writer so I'm confident my admissions essays and personal statements will be of quality. But I haven't done a lot of volunteering (looking to rectify that ASAP.) However, I have two and a half years of experience (three by the time I apply) working with kids in the daycare at a gym, and I plan on focusing on child and family concentrations for my degree. So I was wondering: For everyone who has been accepted to MSW programs already, how much relevant experience did you have, and which schools did you get into? This will help ease some of my anxiety, lol. (I've seen only one or two threads on the same topic and they weren't super recent. But if I missed one and this is repetitive then I apologize.) Thanks in advance for your help!
  6. The title probably gave you an idea about how indecisive I'll sound in the following few sentences so here it goes: I graduated from a Canadian university with a BA in Political Science (focus: political philosophy, int'l development) and another totally different and unrelated to my inquiries discipline. As a result, my experience is in, well, research and some odd jobs here and there relating to communications and teaching. I never really planned to work in either field, the plan was always to do a Master's degree or another (professional) Bach'. I've narrowed down the programs that I'm interested in to a couple and the one that stands out the most (for now) is in Public Health. I hear that it's really competitive getting in an MPH program in Canada and schools usually consider experience in the field an asset. My question then is: What sort of work and volunteer opportunities should I be looking at in order to gain experience in the field of/related to PH? I'm already looking into taking some math/stats/health science courses, but I'd like to have some more hands-on experience, even if it means it's through volunteering. Also, I prefer applying to a Canadian school, but I am considering some UK ones, too. Would that damage my prospects of finding employment in Canada? Any information would be much appreciated! Cheers, N.
  7. Hello folks, Happy holidays! I am just wondering if anyone has any experience with mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters or another organization. That is something I would like to pursue. I enjoy learning about people (in this case, children and adolescents), spending time with them, and lending support to promote their growth. Indeed, building relationships with students and colleagues, nurturing growth (of the intellectual and professional kind, usually) is one of the primary reasons I've sought a career in academia. Mentoring a child/teenager is simply consistent with this goal. I'm specifically concerned about the qualifications needed to be effective. I'd like to believe that I have skills/resources/etc. that could be an asset to another human being and to the community at large, but there are plenty of people who would say otherwise. As much as I'm motivated to forge bonds with other people and extend support, I was never the brightest in class or easy to look at, and I didn't come from a wealthy family or go to elite schools. I also have a history of a stigmatized illness, and I'm anxious this may show up on my application. But it's possible that my mentee just wouldn't care about that. I guess I have this impression that Big Brothers and Sisters are model citizens--effortlessly perfect. But that can't be true, or is it? What would qualify one to be a "role model" short of perfection, whatever that means? The website for BBBS says that mentors are regular people, and that the only real qualification is a desire to positively impact a young person. I would like to believe that! In any case, if any of you would like to share your thoughts or anecdotes, I would love to hear what you think. Thanks very much, and all the best!
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