Will you fit into the SLP graduate school personalities?
I think the letter of intent for SLP graduate school is like the Tinder of the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Graduate School entry. There’s a group of professors sitting around chatting about the profiles of SLP hopefuls. Professor X saying “this one looks promising!…oh…wait…hold on… she made a B in History her Freshman year…SWIPE LEFT bitches”. But she’s a dazzling personality who will charm the pants off patients young and old!
Ugh. The struggle. If only.
You can’t fit your entire glamouring personality into an online application. There were some dynamic female personalities in my SLP graduate school class of 2013 at the University of West Georgia. I made good grades in undergrad and volunteered at every event that even remotely looked good on a resume. And to help the peoples, obviously. But mostly for the resume. #SorryNotSorry But the overall feel of my class was that we were all pretty interesting people. Taste level is everything.
But I am the most disorganized paper person. Give me something on paper and there it goes. In my car. In a random notebook or purse. Where it goes no one knows. Byyyyeeee! I never made check lists or time lines; never ask me about the details of things. But I was dope with a computer. Still am. I can organize my Google Drive where my folders in folders would impress you.
Somewhere within all those applications, after charming the professors with my grades, I guess my personality won out too. When considering application to a university you’ve never been to, don’t undercut the importance of mentioning your personality traits in a letter of intent, for example. You can be as organized or laid back as possible, but if you can’t walk into a therapy session and win over a patient, then your Straight A’s and high GPA won’t mean shit. Personality in grad school will win you a friend or two; but take the time to learn what works for you and OWN IT. Be an extrovert. Be an introvert. VERT HOW YOU PLEASE.
That is all.