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Hi guys!

This is the first time Im using a forum but I am eager to get your input. 

I am interested in applying to the COMD Masters program at UTD for Spring/Summer 2019. I've always been so nervous to apply to the program, obviously scared of receiving a rejection. I graduated with my BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from UTD in 2013. My GPA was 3.56. I also graduated with a MAT (Masters in Arts of Teaching) Science Ed from UTD in 2016. My GPA was 3.97. I completed my thesis in grad school on the effects of an inclusive classroom on the academic achievement for students with and without learning disabilities. I am currently studying to take the GRE as I haven't taken it yet since the masters program I was in didn't require it.

I had two kids in grad school so I have not been able to hold a full time job. But I have been an AVID tutor for PISD, a sub for PISD, and taught English online to kids living in China.

I really more than anything want to get into UTD's COMD program but have been so scared to apply because I know of so many people getting rejected. I am also interested in TWU's distance learning option since its so far from home. Anyone have any detail info about their program?

What are your opinions of me getting in with my stats? Anyone else got in at UTD with already having a masters in a different field?

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I think UTD is the best!!!  Alumni here, just wanted to chime in that it is completely worth the risk/effort to apply!  I think an in person program will always be able to teach you more, the clinical opportunities are outstanding and there is no substitute in my opinion.  The main GPA they look at is your bachelors but they will also see your masters gpa.  Going for a tour is a good idea too!

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I don't know much about UTD's program, but I think your stats sound good and more importantly it sounds like you have some amazing experiences that will help you write a kick-butt personal statement. People underestimate how important that is! 

Rejection is scary, but it isn't the end of the world! I have a friend from grad school who is a practicing SLP who applied 3 times to our program before she got in. I'm sure it hurt, but she showed real determination and now she is living her dream working as an SLP. I have nothing but admiration for her for sticking with it. 

You're right, your chances of getting rejected are pretty darn low if you don't apply... but so are your chances of getting in! 

You can do it! Be brave! 

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Thank you guys for the responses! 

CBG321- Yes, I emailed Dr. Stillman and Chona Lucas for a tour. Any other tips you might have for me for my application?

I have a lot of personal experience with speech therapy/feeding disorders. My son has been in speech and feeding therapy since he was two yrs old. So I deal with SLPs every week and do my best to implement their they techniques at home. 

mcamp- Thanks for the kind words! Doing my best to think positive. ?

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Wow @momoftwo! I have met several SLPs who started in your shoes. I know an SLP who now owns a clinic and employs over 100 SLPs, OTs, and PTs, and she had a tough time getting into graduate school because of her accent. But she started just like you - as a mother of a child who needed SLP services. I think SLPs like her (and soon-to-be-SLPs like you!) have a unique perspective that really enhances the education of others in the classroom. Obviously you don't have to have a child with a disability to become a therapist, but understand family perspectives is a huge part of what we do as SLPs. It's 1/3 of our evidence based practice! 

There is a huge need and interest in pediatric feeding specialists in our field. I think with your experiences you could craft an amazing application. I'm no expert, but I'd be willing to help if I can! I'll send you a private message on here with my email. 

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I did some research there, Dr. Stillman is so nice. I think just getting involved with their faculty there can put you in a better position. You miss all the shots you don't take, rejection sucks, but it makes you better because you can get some feedback on what youre missing and retry. Its scary but you can do it! 

 

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On 7/5/2018 at 2:32 PM, momoftwo said:

 but have been so scared to apply because I know of so many people getting rejected. 

If money to pay for applications isn’t an issue, make them tell you “no”.

your ego may get bruised, but if you reach for the stars and grab one, you win.  

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