I am currently in the midst of applying to grad school for speech-language pathology. I told you guys in a previous post that I was going to blog my whole journey and I figured that before I dive into the deep stuff, I should probably explain the process for those of you who are new or those of you who are freshmen in the major who just don’t quite know what’s going on (btw, that’s TOTALLY OKAY! There’s so much to learn and know as a CSD undergrad/future SLP). So this post is all about the grad school basics and what to do if you’re considering applying!
Grad school is scary. The thought has always terrified me and I’m still not quite over the fact that THIS IS REAL AND I’M ACTUALLY APPLYING. I still haven’t totally narrowed down my schools yet but I have a few solid choices and I’m starting to kind of get really excited? There are a lot of things you have to do in order to prepare yourself for the process so I’m going to share those things right now. I’m hoping to make a separate post on each of these things sometime in the future so stay tuned for that!
Arguably the most stressful part about applying to grad school is taking the GRE. The GRE is required in order to be considered for most graduate school programs. It’s a 3 hour and 45 minute exam that can be taken on the computer or on paper at a designated testing center. It has three sections: verbal (reading/comprehension), quantitative (covering math concepts such as algebra), and writing. I will usually tell people it’s the SAT for grad school, which it pretty much is! Although I don’t recall being this stressed about the SATs (#womp)
You’ll have to request these from your school at some point, and usually they’ll charge you. Applying to grad school is expensive, in case no one has told you already!
Letters of recommendation
Some schools require two, some require three, some require three but two have to be letters from ASHA certified SLPs so make sure you read each school’s specific requirements before submitting!
Personal statement or writing sample
Most schools require some sort of writing sample from you about why you want to be an SLP in the first place, how your experiences have shaped you into the student and future clinician you hope to be, and why you want to attend their program! Again, each school might be a little bit different so be sure you’re checking each school’s specific instructions and requirements.
In addition, some schools require a resume from you with your application. I highly recommend updating your resume frequently and adding pertinent volunteer work and jobs to it as soon as you can so you don’t forget!