Master's in Speech-Language Pathology: Personal Statement, Resume and Writing Sample FAQ
Faculty from Nebraska's Speech-Language Pathology program answer common questions about the personal statement, resume and writing sample sections of the application to the graduate program.
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- [00:00:11.020]Really there are none.
- [00:00:12.490]There's no page minimum or maximum
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- [00:00:21.860]Simply, make it personal.
- [00:00:24.120]This is your chance to help the admissions committee
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- [00:00:30.940]So for example, don't just tell us
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- [00:00:35.080]because you wanna help people.
- [00:00:36.210]I mean that's obvious or you wouldn't be drawn
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- [00:00:40.880]Think instead about how you first learned about the field
- [00:00:43.700]or about how your interest in the field has grown
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- [00:00:49.550]Additionally, if there are any hiccups in your transcript
- [00:00:54.020]this is your opportunity to tell the admissions committee
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- [00:01:04.800]Some things to include on the resume
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- [00:01:16.910]any local, regional or national presentations
- [00:01:20.580]and then anything that you feel would help
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- [00:01:26.270]None of the above items are required
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- [00:01:46.420]Any extensive explanation or inflated details
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- [00:01:53.870]For example, if you were a student who helped
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- [00:02:02.820]or a faculty member's research project
- [00:02:05.830]and that research project eventually went on
- [00:02:07.740]to be presented as a poster at ASHA,
- [00:02:10.160]you would not want to say
- [00:02:11.570]that you presented a poster at ASHA.
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- [00:02:19.600]A writing sample is optional.
- [00:02:21.050]It is not required and it does not
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- [00:02:25.750]If you do choose to submit a writing sample
- [00:02:28.340]it should be a significant example of your writing ability
- [00:02:31.310]and examples could include an undergraduate thesis,
- [00:02:35.060]a comprehensive research paper,
- [00:02:37.180]an undergraduate capstone project, or a research article
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