- I would really appreciate some guidance
- November 19th, 21:48
Hi everyone. This is the first time I'm posting but I've read many posts on this journal. Its such a great community! I needed advice on some future planning because my school doesn't currently have an adviser who I can go to specifically about SLP so I thought this was my next best way to get opinions about my situation.
I'm currently a fourth year majoring in linguistics and minoring in human development at UC Davis. I came into Davis as a civil engineering major but realized very soon that it was not my thing... Nonetheless, I kept the mindset that I would be set for life after I graduate and also, there were no other career paths I was interested in at the time. Sometime during the beginning of my sophomore year I read about a speech therapist in the magazine and that idea just stuck. After some research and reading posts about slp online, I decided that this is what I wanted to pursue. Unfortunately Davis doesn't have an slp program or any classes geared towards communication disorder so I thought linguistics would be my closest bet. I was still taking engineering classes, but I took as many linguistic classes I could squeeze.
Although I was set on changing, I doubted that I could actually convince my parents about changing majors. My sister, who is a year older than I am and who took engineering at another UC, asked our parents her freshman year if she could change majors and they became furious. She ended up sticking with engineering and graduated last year.
Junior year was a huge challenge. I was starting my upper div engineering courses. Not only did I not enjoy the classes, but I wasn't any good at them either. The idea for me to change majors soon became a desperation. Mechanics was the class that drove me to my knees. I decided during the second quarter of my junior year that I would be changing my major regardless of my parent's blessing (I understand that some people outside my culture may not understand this). I spoke with them and to my surprise, they were very understanding. Being prepared with the questions they asked me seemed to convince them that I had really thought things through.
So fast forward to today. I am a linguistics major and graduation is just around the corner. Pros: Even though I changed majors pretty late, I took enough ling classes sophomore and junior year to put me on track while still being able to minor in human development. I'm currently an intern (I mostly shadow and play with the kids, so less of an internship experience I thought I would get) for a speech pathologist at a preschool and work as a research lab assistant at the Davis Language Learning Lab.
Cons: I'm trying to squeeze as much experience I can in one year, but there is only so much I can do while trying to maintain my grades. My grades from engineering weren't high so my GPA (very embarrassing) is slowly making its way to 3. Also, GRE was never a concern before, but now it is! (Where do you find the time to study for that?)
My greatest concern now is what path to continue in pursuing speech pathology.
Path 1: Stay another year and potentially get more experience, double major in human development and raise my GPA. This also gives me the summer to study for the GRE.
Path 2: Go against the odds and apply to a post bacc. for SLP. There are some I have run into with very minimal requirements. (My concern here is when I do apply for grad school, will the ranking of the school I'm taking my post bacc in affect my admission to a program?)
Path 3: Take online classes for the preparatory classes.
Running out of ideas. I'd really love some guidance. Any opinions? (with good reason please!)