7 Things I Wish I Knew as a New Speech-Language Pathology Grad Student

 

This post is for the new speech-language pathology student. Congratulations! YOU DID IT. All of those hours studying for the GRE, all of those nights you cried because you weren't sure you were going to get into graduate school.... it's now behind you! But ahead of you is slightly unknown. It's intimidating. It's a bit scary. I wish I had been more prepared for graduate school, not so much academically, but emotionally. Here are the 7 things I wish I knew as a new speech-language pathology grad student.

1. How You Interact With Your Classmates Matters

You don't need to be BFF's with everyone in your class. You don't even need to like them all. But your interactions are crucial to your overall mental well-being. 

You're going to be spending A LOT of time with your cohort. You're going to learn about their family situations, their interests, their stressors, and their birthdays. You're going to feel like you can't wait to see a few of them, and you're not going to be able...

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5 Tried-and-True Ways To Pay Off Student Loans As A Therapist

On February 7th, 2019, I paid off my student loans that I accumulated in college from 2009-2016. I have two advanced degrees: a Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders from an out-of-state public school, and a Master's from an in-state public school. At graduation from graduate school, I had close to 80k in debt to private and federal student loans.

It took me from May of 2016 (graduation) - February of 2018 to pay off all of my debt, including student debt. That is less than two years.

I had $73,783.00 of total debt in October of 2017, which is when I went crazy on my student loans and car debt. Before October 2017, I was paying off around 12k/year on my federal student loans and private loans. However, I was still accumulating car debt in the meantime, and using credit cards (I paid off the balance each month, but it is debt, nonetheless).

So, How Did You Pay It All Off?

This is a long answer, but I will try to be succinct. I credit Dave Ramsey and his materials of The...

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