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August 18th, 2009

some newbie questions @ 12:47 am

Hi everyone,

I recently became interested in possibly going to graduate school for speech language pathology. I'm currently a translator and I've always been fascinated by languages and linguistic type stuff, and I'd love to have a career where I could help people. The more I think about this career, the cooler it seems. Since I won't be able to start the graduate program for awhile (moving, becoming a state resident, fulfilling requirements I didn't take as an undergrad--it could be two or more years before I could start a master's program) I was wondering if you could suggest a good textbook or two I could start studying in the meantime? Is there anything I can get a head start on now, besides being sensitive to volunteer oportunities in my community?

I'm sure this is a common thought before embarking on an expensive educational plan: I'm excited about this now, but how can I tell if it is something I would want to do for the rest of my life? I still have student loans from my BA and a failed attempt at grad school (Japanese literature) in my early 20s. While I think I'm more mature now and would be able to see this through if I started it (I'm 34), is it realistic for me to think of doing this at my stage of life, taking out more loans if necessary? I do feel like I need some extra qualification to be competitive, since there are not many jobs for translators where we are thinking of moving.

How challenging did you find it academically to get an MA or MS in speech language pathology? What were the hardest parts for you?

Nice to meet you all, sorry for all the questions!
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