I’m going to write like, four posts today – get ready for the onslaught

15 May

Sometimes I like to blog about what sorts of questions people ask me when they email me. I’ve got a few emails in queue right now so I thought I’d share:

Q1) I want to observe/shadow an SLP to see if it’s something I’m truly interested in and fits me. Do you know how I’d go about that? And is that something that is usually done?
A: I totally encourage you to observe/shadow an SLP before getting involved in CMDS – I did it before changing my major from Bio to CMDS. Basically I just called hospitals and asked to speak to a speech-language pathologist or speech therapist and asked if they’d let me come in. You could also try emailing. Or if you think schools would be more up your alley you can try that. Some places may require background checks or HIPAA training, but I think most will just ask you to sign a confidentiality waiver.
Q2) Do you know of any other day-in-the-life of SLP grad student blogs? I’d love to check them out as well!
A: THIS LIST IS GROWING EVERY DAY. I haven’t seen a ton of SLP student blogs, and the ones that I know of aren’t done consistently or are rather old but here are the ones I’ve seen: http://slpingthroughit.wordpress.com/, http://survivingslp.wordpress.com/, http://gillybecomesanslp.wordpress.com/http://slpbyday.wordpress.com/, http://slpecho.wordpress.com/, http://globetracer.wordpress.com/,http://housegirlhaley.wordpress.com, /http://mysliceofamericanpie.wordpress.com/
Q3) Does it really not matter what graduate school you go to as long as you aren’t interested in research?
A: I would say no, it doesn’t matter what graduate school you go to. I actually blogged about that exact thing a million years ago: https://slpslwstl.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/for-the-chitlins/  — go where you’re comfortable, wherever sounds most exciting, wherever suits your needs. Don’t use US NewsRankings – I think it’s a load. If research isn’t your thing just go where you wanna go!
Q4) How can I prepare for CMDS as a major?
A: IF you decide to go the SLP route I also encourage you to try to take whatever you can – linguistic classes, special education, counseling, language development, regular education courses – because generally the leveling takes about a year. So you’ll graduate from your University with your Bachelor’s, go to graduate school, take a year doing the undergraduate courses so that you’re up to speed, AND THEN start the two-year Master’s.

2 Responses to “I’m going to write like, four posts today – get ready for the onslaught”

  1. ladyecho88 June 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Thanks for the mention on here! 🙂

  2. housegirlhaley September 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    I’m always looking for more personal SLP blogs to read, so I was excited to see your list…I seriously went through and clicked on all of them in order before I even realized I was on it! haha. Thanks for including me even though I don’t really talk about SLP stuff that much. I’m happy I have some new blogs to read.

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