NWR: Don't know what to do!

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

MrsN14:  I thought April 15th was decision day for pretty much everyone. I’d say that, unfortunately, if you haven’t heard from the other school yet and decision day is less than a week away I wouldn’t bank on that one.

What kind of program are you going for? 

To figure out if it’s worth it – the total amount of your student loans should not exceed what you would expect to make in your first year’s salary. So if you have $60k of student loans, your job should pay around $60k/year starting off.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Definitely accept at the one school and then back out if you get into the second one. From what I’ve seen, the schools don’t mind too much if you back out. Your deposit is typically non-refundable though.

I’m going for the same degree as you and it’s going to cost me around $45k, most of which I will be taking out in loans. I don’t have loans from undergrad and honestly I’m sort of afraid of them. I just keep reminding myself that SLPs are in demand and that my salary will be enough to pay it back.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

futuremrsslp:  “From what I’ve seen, the schools don’t mind too much if you back out.”

Just to clarify, this isn’t all schools in every field (in case some other person finds this post and assumes it’s ok to take a slot and then turn it down later).  I know in my field (a relatively obscure part of science), it’s a huge no-no.  Sure, everyone is “understanding,” they totally “get it,” but you’ve basically got a little black mark by your name for life.  Want to apply to a postdoc or faculty position there later?  Don’t even bother applying.  Why would they offer it to you if you committed and then turned them down?  You could end up doing the same thing for the job, and they do not appreciate wasting time in a job search.

This may not apply to this school.  But proceed with caution.  I’ve seen a few people get burned doing the same thing.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

MrsN14: I agree, it’s exciting and nerve racking! But it will all work out.

Apple_Blossom:  That’s true. I was speaking as someone in the same field as the OP. I work closely with the graduate program director for a college that is well known for SLP and she told me that it is fine. It is definitely field specific!

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