In undergrad, studying for a midterm in a course like Biology, math, history, etc. was more about the short-term. How little can I study in order to make an A or B? or What do I need to make in order to make my desired grade? I’m sure others may disagree with this mentality, but that’s how I got things done. Now, in SLP graduate school, I need to know this information for the long-term. I realize I will have these textbooks/resources down the road, but when I am assessing or treating a client, there are just certain things I need to know immediately. Thus, I study differently.
I have a midterm in Neuropathologies of Language on Tuesday covering the following topics from our Brookshire (2007), An Introduction to Neurogenic Communication Disorders, textbook:
- Neurologic Assessment
- Assessment of Cognition
- Assessment of Language
- Context for Intervention
- Right Hemisphere Syndrome
Have you ever thought ASHA was similar to the great Wizard of Oz? I gathered my thoughts, and I have found I enjoy a great many quotes quite relevant to my life:
“Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have. But they have one thing you haven’t got: a diploma.”
“Back where I come from there are men who do nothing all day but good deeds. They are called phila… er, phila… er, yes, er, Good Deed Doers.”
“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”
- Wizard of Oz
Graduate school in Speech-Language Pathology. *sigh* I have run through the gammot of words to describe grad school:
In August 2011 it was: “exciting…new…awesome…learn everything…new textbooks….CLIENTS….treatment”
In June 2012 it is: “overwhelming…almost done…new clients….internships…CFY…summer sucks…when is graduation”
After a few years of Alaska dreaming, on May 2, 2012 I boarded a plane in Atlanta, Georgia to fulfill my dream. I had multiple purposes for the trip: observe 3 Speech-Language Pathologists, be a super touristy tourist, and figure out if I could live in the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. I think my trip was a success…so I shall share my success in hopes others may have similar aspirations today or in the future.
I used Kayak.com to find my round-trip flight from Atlanta, Georgia to Anchorage, Alaska. For some reason (which I attribute to the mercy of the Lord), my round-trip flight was $438.00…ridiculously cheap thank goodness. Then I took a small connecting flight from Anchorage to Kenai, Alaska on a small plane via ERA Alaska Airlines for around $100. I left ATL at 7:30am on May 2 and finally arrived in Kenai Alaska about 12:30pm May 3.
So after a few messages from some of my Twitter followers (@SLPeepEcho) and some people who have come across my blog , I’m realizing it is difficult to find information about what a school’s Graduate program is like.
I have some insight into the University of West Georgia’s Speech-Language Pathology Master’s of Education Program. Just to be clear, I have no personal or financial investment in the program; just a desire to share my experiences from going here for both my Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in SLP:
I noticed #SinceWeBeingHonest is trending today on Twitter. Beyond the use of auxiliary “be”, I find it interesting so many people were compelled to share something honestly.
I think I will join the #SinceWeBeingHonest bandwagon with some #SLPeep truthiness:
#SinceWeBeingHonest SLP grad school is not as easy or as difficult as I imagined
- I imagined I would be neck-deep in books 24/7 and speaking SLP jargon like a crazy person
- Turns out I’m only knee-deep in books/internet 3 hours a day 4 days a week. With a job, extras, and friends on the side to keep it manageable
- Dysphagia, Aural Rehabilitation, Voice Disorders, Language and Literacy —so much to learn and know for life.
- You can really do some damage if you don’t know what your are doing and how all this info works on real-life patients
- It really was important to know all the muscles of the head, neck and face #duh