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    Are you ready for this semester? Any tips for beginners?

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    Grad or undergra? SLP or Aud?

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    Grad or undergra? SLP or Aud? ...

    Grad for SLP

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    Anxious to read future responses! op

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    I AM STARTING SCHOOL IN LESS THAN A MONTH IN SLP GRAD.
    GOOD LUCK ALL!!

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    1 - Read, read, and read some more

    2 - Between reading, make sure that you interact with your instructors and clinical supervisors

    3 - Make sure that you stay on top of your clinical work and obligations. Keep up with your clock hours and competencies yourself. Don't depend on the clinic coordinator do that for you. From the beginning, try to make connections between academics and clinic. For example, in your Neuro class, think about what would happen if a structure doesn't function properly. In clinic, when you see a client, try to find information about that condition or case in your texts.

    4 - If you're thinking about doing a thesis, even remotely, start working with a professor immediately. If there is even an inkling that you'll get a doctorate, you MUST do a thesis or major research project.

    5 - Join NSSLHA at the local and national level. Even if you can't be active or you don't like the officers, join so that you'll get the journals and benefits of membership. Consider joining the National Black Association for Speech, Language, and Hearing (they're in a state of flux right now but it's good for networking)

    6 - Attend at least one continuing education conference. You need different perspectives than those provided by your faculty

    7 - Find something to do as a distraction from school so that you won't be bonkers when you leave. If it's hobby or church choir, just do something. BUT, don't let it overwhelm you.

    8 - Start preparing now for the Praxis. You can't be certified without passing it so start working on it now. If you know now that you don't do well on standardized tests, figure out why and what you need to do about it.

    9 - Stay connected with the Lord. This is a stressful time. Graduate school is very hard. You must depend on a source higher than yourself for the times that it seems unbearable, those times when your instructors act like you exist solely to make them happy. For me, that is the Holy Spirit.

    10 - Read, read and read some more.

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    Hey girls! I am entering my last year as a grad student in SLP! But congrats to you all just entering ...I agree with all that elleebeme5 said...also:

    1.make connections with the second years if you can find them!! They are so helpful in info you need to know that your program might not tell you outright!

    2. study well and alot if you know that you are not the best test taker.

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    Thank you ladies soooo much!

    I am printing out this page and am going to keep it in my bag. I hear what you said about keeping track of hours I am going to be so on it! I asked God to bring me in. Now I'm going to ask Him to bring me through and then out!

    I know in the end it will be all worth it. What motivates me is the opportunities that are out there. That is what I love about this field! It seems as if it is like Nursing. You can find a job anywhere, working with all kinds of populations and so on.

    Thanks again! Good luck to you all!

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