Most of you know that I’ve been going through the process of applying to grad school. It was daunting and terrifying and at many points I was discouraged. I felt like I had done enough throughout my undergraduate career, I was involved in ALL of the things, I worked hard, and above all else I loved my future career. I stumbled upon speech pathology (you can read about how that happened) but I’ve loved it ever since and I felt like that was exactly the career for me.
Throughout March and April I began to hear back from schools. Most of it was negative. I went into this knowing there was a chance I would not be going to grad school in the fall. Applying to graduate school for speech-language pathology is extremely competitive. It was hard seeing my friends get accepted because although I felt SO happy for them and so proud of them, I was also extremely discouraged in myself. I applied to 9 schools and at the beginning of April I had been rejected at 3 and waitlisted at 3. My optimism was fading. I became silent on the blog because I felt like I was failing. I had all of these plans to teach new SLPs how to get into grad school and how to be successful but I couldn’t even get in myself.
On April 11th at 11:05 AM I received an email telling me I had been accepted into the University of Delaware. I was in the TECH center working on some things before my 12:00 class and my jaw immediately dropped. I stood up, looking around for someone to tell for 5 seconds before I realized I knew no one around me and I’d need to call someone. I first called my mom who didn’t answer, then my dad who didn’t answer, then my mom again to no avail. Finally, my dad picked up and he assumed there was something wrong. I never call him while he’s at work. I managed to get out “Dad… I got into Delaware”. My mind was racing, my hands were shaking, and but mostly I kept thinking “I’m going to be an SLP… this is really happening!”
I wanted to write this post to not only let you all know this exciting news, but to also be a source of encouragement and hope to anyone who feels like they’re not good enough or they’re not going to reach their goals. It’s hard to have faith in the tough times when it seems like nothing is going your way. If you know you’re meant to do something, never lose hope and always believe in yourself.
Soooo, with that being said, I wanted to let you know that I’m going to be blogging about this journey (of course) and to anyone who wants to follow along with my grad school journey more closely (future SLPs I’m talking to you!) you can follow my new Instagram: @speechwithkayla where I’ll be posting more SLP specific pictures of my grad school life. Don’t worry, I’ll still be active on my blog Instagram!
Finally, I want to thank you all for being there with me throughout this journey and for commenting words of encouragement and well wishes. I’m so thankful to be surrounded by such amazing people within this blog community.
Grad school… here I come!