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I was accepted into graduate school. What now?

Asked by hug_of_war (10715points) March 3rd, 2014 from iPhone

Some background:

I failed out of my first semester of college. Went to community college and then large public university with a degree in speech pathology (3.8 gpa from cc/public u, 3.4 when you add in my terrible semester). You need a master’s to practice. I decded to get some work experience first. It was a horrible time being unemployed for a year but I now work as a special needs teacher aide.

I’ve worked really hard to show I am capable and finally after all these years of struggle I’ve been accepted somewhere (still waiting on 2 schools). The issue? I didn’t get funding (which means it will be all loans).

This has been my dream. Speech pathology has a good career outlook, typically everyone gets a job offer (even if it’s not ideal).

I don’t want to go purely on emotion but I have worked so hard to get out of my deadend, $11 an hour job, to be able to do something I’m really passionate about.

It’s a huge decision, and I’ve got only a month and a half to figure it out.

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