LOOKING GOOD ON GRAD SCHOOL APPLICATIONS: How do I showcase myself to the best advantage? This is posted on my website • Under the Courses link • Click there for more information First of all, no matter what: • Apply to more than one school • Even if you have a 4.0 and speak five languages, you will sleep better at night if you do not put all your eggs in one basket Remember that good grades are important… • But they are not the only thing! What we don’t want: • Droids who are excellent testtakers but do not have experience with people Keys to success include: Volunteer Work • Remember, we look for variety • We are interested in work with individuals across the lifespan • We ask: have you been engaged with people of different ages? Volunteer work should not… • Take over your life • Cause you to study less • I recommend telling places that you can come 1-2 hours a week and no more Even 1-2 hours a week • Can be very helpful The volunteer work… • Does not have to be directly in speech-language pathology • We are concerned about seeing that you have worked directly with people Volunteer work • From junior high and high school definitely counts! • Start making a list of all you have done • Remember—church activities count too When you volunteer… • You will be asked to do a lot of humble chores like xeroxing, filing, and other duties • Do NOT be arrogant and refuse to do these chores—it gets back to us, and our opinion of you goes right out the window Ideas: • Soup kitchens • Homeless ministries • Outreach events—e.g. Special Olypmics • Work at a local elementary school—volunteer in a classroom Go to a local senior home and volunteer 1 hour a week Many churches have ministries: • • • • Teaching Sunday school Mission trips (e.g., to Mexico) Visiting elderly shut-ins Serving the homeless • And more! In Sacramento… • Mustard Seed school for homeless children • You need to volunteer at least once a week for 3 hours Sacramento Reading Partners: • www.readingpartners.org • You read with a child one hour once a week at a local school (grades 2-5) • 26 hours of 1:1 with an adult can boost a child’s reading scores by a full year! Very exciting! There is also… • The Sacramento Crisis Nursery • They serve children from birth to 5 years of age La Familia Counseling Center: • Is a wonderful organization in South Sacramento that reaches out to families who need to be empowered to overcome adversity • There are tutoring opportunities • Contact David Banuelos: • [email protected] Opening Doors Inc. • www.openingdoorsinc.org • This organization serves the needs of refugees and human trafficking victims in the Sacramento community • They need people to tutor English 90 minutes once a week Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services: • http://www.sacramentofoodbank.org • They have phenomenal programs with clients who are culturally and linguistically diverse • You need to do a 1-hour orientation and get fingerprinted • They will pay for ½ the fingerprinting (you pay around $15.00) Examples of some of the food bank’s programs: • • • • • • • Mother-baby Clothing donations Food service After-school tutoring Adult ESL classes Adult literacy tutoring Art therapy classes for abused women Nancy Barcal… • Is a local SLP with a private practice specializing in stuttering • She needs volunteers every Weds. PM to converse with her clients who stutter • Call her at (916) 797-3307 • www.granitebayspeech.com Check Craigslist! • Go to the upper lefthand corner where it says Community • Click on the Volunteers link We also look for multicultural experience: • Have you worked (paid or volunteer) with persons from a diversity of cultural and linguistic backgrounds? • Begin recording the backgrounds of those you work with • If you speak another language, terrific We look at: • Scholarships, awards, and other commendations • For example, you might be a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, etc. • If you are on the Dean’s list, make sure you write that down too Look at your life: • What are you doing right now that counts as people experience? • Do you care for an elderly grandparent? Teach Sunday school? Serve as an assistant team mom for your son’s soccer team? Try to obtain continuing education opportunities: • Attend seminars (e.g., UCDavis) • Sacramento Speech and Hearing Association (SASHA) is local, cheap, and has excellent speakers—and student discounts! • www.sacasha.org We look VERY highly • On involvement with NSSLHA • This includes being a member, attending meetings, and going to the NSSLHA conferences You can also… • Volunteer in our clinic Supply Room • This is awesome experience, and looks really good on your grad application • Contact David Gleason at [email protected] Good luck-• The world needs you!