Crescenza Posted March 29, 2019 Share Posted March 29, 2019 (edited) Hello everyone! I am currently in the process of building up my resume with a view to applying for postbac programs and then hopefully on to a master's in SLP. (I don't want to go into research, so either M.A. or M.S. is fine). I am trying to get an idea of the kind of schools I should be applying to. My question is, do "safety schools" exist in a field as competitive as SLP? Context: My GPA is 3.76; my major GPA (I have a B.A. in psychology) is 3.6. Not sure whether this is relevant, but I went to a college that unfortunately seems to have fairly mediocre reputation value from what I can gather (it was a perfectly respectable, accredited school, but not really known at all outside of a small region), though I was in the honors program if that makes a difference. Also studied abroad at a tippity-top uni and got perfect grades in every class that semester and a fancy-sounding academic award, if that helps at all. I have not decided whether I want to take the GRE (it would be a lot of stress, and a lot of money and time that I don't have sunk on prep courses, as I test poorly in math) but if I do, it's a safe bet that my quantitative score will be average at best while my analytical writing and verbal reasoning scores would be in a v. high percentile (this has been the same story with every standardized test I have ever taken, lol). I haven't done my shadowing yet but I have a good number of volunteering hours with a diverse array of relevant programs, and will have a very respectable number of hours by the time I start applying to master's programs. I very much enjoy working with seniors, so my hope would be to work with that population, probably in an SNF. (I am also eyeballing the Ohio State singing-health SLP program, as I have a music background, but that program seems to be pretty unique, so I'm not pegging all my hopes and dreams on that one option. ) I'm fortunate enough to have some recommenders who are willing to write me really good letters. I also have a background of taking on a lot of the responsibility in my family from an early age, which was part of my inspiration to look into this field (it taught me flexibility, compassion, patience, responsibility, resilence, and so forth which are important qualities in the rehab professions), and makes for good essay fodder (feel a bit gross about leveraging my family tragedies that way but it's what ya gotta do I guess! ) Folks I've talked to so far have been pretty impressed with my backstory and encouraged me to make a point of it in my applications as it gives me a pretty unique perspective. I currently work as a research assistant, mainly assisting with projects related to child neglect in military populations. I have been at the same institution for several years and have my name on a couple publications, albeit not as a main author or anything like that. Let's assume for the sake of argument that I do decent in a postbac program - not okay, not 4.0. This isn't one of those "what are my chances" posts, but I'm wondering, are there safeties into this field? I plan to apply to a couple prestigious programs. I've been a city girl all my life, DC born & bred, and I thrive on that energy, so it would be nice to get a job in a competitive, fast-paced city like DC or NY or Chicago if I can swing it. I like NYU, Kent State, Ohio State, and Baldwin-Wallace, for example. ( UPDATE: To clarify here - I'd like to work in a big city after graduating, but I'm fine with going to grad school in the middle of nowhere if that's what it takes. I apologize for the confusing wording!) But I'd like to aim mostly for schools that are in the middle of the pack. Are there any programs that would be considered safeties by anyone (let alone little old me, haha)? This whole process is still pretty new to me and I am still working on getting my bearings (my spreadsheet currently has almost fifty schools listed in it - LOL!!! - so clearly I need to find a way to start narrowing down my list!) Thank you so so much! Edited March 30, 2019 by Crescenza Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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