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Common Undergraduate (and Beyond) #CSDProbs

23 January 2014

Each major has it's own issues and commonalities that students realize as time passes by. I'm not sure how many other majors have, but Communication Science and Disorders certainly has many! Even the graduate life and working career of a Speech-Language Pathologist is filled with similarities that occur often. In fact, one way I spend my down time is skimming through the "What Should We Call SLP" Tumblr site, finding amusement in the gifs and their captions that capture the life of a student and clinician. (I suggest you do,too!)  To go along with this and the #slpprobz #csdprobs hashtags, I've come up with some of the most common issues, especially for undergrads... which can sometimes make your face look/feel like the one below!

1. Everyone shows up to class 20 minutes early. Finals also seem to mandate an unspoken 30-40 minute early arrival.

2.You suddenly become aware of your tongue movements and swallowing -- or get scared to death when others cough while eating.

3. You have an organization system with things labeled, color coded, in protective sheets and in individual binders based on subject. These are then kept for future classes that build off of that material.

4. Half  of the class is dressed perfectly for your 8 am and the other half looks like they rolled out of bed 15 minutes ago. And at least half of your classes are at 8 am.

5. People think you need to be in a psych ward for saying sounds to yourself while walking.

6. You've come to realize English orthography is horrible, despite that you can say words in other languages with the IPA.

7. Watching videos of kids while the class giggles at the cuteness is a fairly regular occurrence.

8. Once Junior year begins, everyone has a friendly but competitive nature that escalates as senior year begins. Getting a 'B+' is often accompanied with an empathetic " aww, next time" since everyone wants a 3.99 GPA.

9. Simply being in NSSLHA isn't enough. Everyone has their hands dipped into 8-10 things, some "bragging" that they've been volunteering in a camp for 6 years while those that just found out about the program freak out about only having 2 years experience tutoring kids.

10. You learn some really odd vocabulary and acronyms. Sometimes they seem dirty, other times you wonder how you can say them, let alone a patient.

There's many more, and if you can think of any feel free to comment!