So as some of you know, I’m a Speech and Hearing Sciences major. What’s that? I’ll be a Speech Language Pathologist. What’s that? I’ll be a Speech Therapist. OH ok.
You know those people who don’t really know what they want to do so they just settle on a random major like communications or business? Well I am not one of those, I KNOW I want to be a Speech Language Pathologist desperately. I love my classes, I love how small my major is, and I absolutely am very interested in communication disorders.
And now I’m having a panic attack.
This past week there was an optional meeting for SHS majors to attend, in which one of our professors was going to speak on going to grad school, how to prepare to apply, and what schools have the best programs.
In the major she said school generally want you to have at least a 3.0 in general GPA, and 3.6 and higher in your major classes for a GPA.
This makes me very nervous. I have a 3.22 overall, and 3.64 in my major classes, therefore I need to work extra hard to keep it up, and hopefully get higher.
But after listening in at this meeting I can’t help but feel like all of my dreams will just be taken away and I’ll be forced to do something else.
What can I do with a Speech and Hearing Sciences major?
1. Child Welfare Caseworker (SAD, no thanks!)
2. Community Service Agency Worker (Boo.)
3. Rehabilitation Counselor (Is it just me or are these getting more depressing as we go on?)
I think you get the picture. I desperately want to go to grad school, I never even thought not going would be a possibility.
This makes me want to cry.
Today my friend Alyssa and I decided to as our professor about some schools because she seemed to know the reputations on the schools and how the programs were there.
We asked about the following schools: Portland State, University of Oregon, San Diego State, and some schools in the Boston area.
We already knew the reputations of the schools in Washington.
She basically continued to tell us that PSU and UO are both extremely competitive schools. (YIKES!) As well as the rest of the schools we asked about.
Then she told us we should consider schools on the other side of the country, and that there were lots of options.
But I don’t know how to go about this, I don’t know where to look, and I just feel so lost.
Then I asked if she’s ever seen students not get into any grad school.
Apparently last year there were “quite a few” students who didn’t get into a grad school.
I’m officially depressed.
What if I’m one?
What’s so special about me?
I think this clearly means I need to work really hard, and do some more volunteer work, maybe work with a Speech Therapist if possible.
Please someone, tell me something uplifting to make me feel better.