There is no other Speech-Language Pathology program like the one at Misericordia University. With a 5-year accelerated program and speech classes starting as early as your first semester, Misericordia was obviously at the top of my list when I was making the most important decision of my life. It was hard work to get into the program, and now that I’m here I have to continue to work hard to stay where I am. It is a demanding yet fulfilling program that will both challenge and bring out the best in me.
Misericordia is extremely selective in who it takes into its speech program. After all, it is the only major that has an essay requirement in the application. Don’t be intimidated by the essay, it’s just a chance to shine through the competition. It allows you to explain why you chose speech in the first place. The SAT score you need to be considered for the program is a combined score of 1080. With a little bit of effort and dedication, this score will be a breeze, especially since they made the SAT test easier since I took them in high school.
If your grades aren’t where you would like them to be, just work hard to get them where you want. Learning from your mistakes and taking the time to better yourself is more telling than straight A’s all throughout high school. It is human nature to fall sometimes, and students are certainly no exception. As long as you can persevere and prove that you’re willing to go the extra mile to get the help you need in school, you shouldn’t have to worry about the competition. The ability to grow as a student and learn from your mistakes is exactly what Misericordia is looking for in a future student.
Since I’ve been accepted into the major, I’ve had to work twice as hard as I did in high school. College is on a whole other level and it took me by surprise. I’ve always been a good student and I didn’t really need to study in high school. I learned the hard way that it’s never too late to pick up good study habits. Classes are much denser than they were in high school. The course work seems overwhelming at times, but it’s a challenge that I’m willing to accept. Misericordia has the tools that I need to succeed, whether it be the Student Success Center or the many tutors available.
The key to success in college is to stay as busy as possible. You won’t miss resting if you never rested in the first place. Having a lot on your plate may seem stressful, but it’s honestly the best way to manage your time. Instead of not knowing what to do with my evenings and putting off my school work, I only have a couple of hours in between working and playing hockey to get everything done. With mandatory study halls and time in between classes, I have more than enough time to do homework and study without having to stress over when I’m going to make time since the time is already built into my schedule.
Don’t forget to make time for yourself as well. Everyone deserves a break and constantly running around and studying would drive anyone crazy. Your mental health is just as important as your grades, so be sure to not put too much pressure on yourself. College is demanding, the speech program even more so. Be sure to not crack under the pressure by taking care of yourself and having fun. After all, you are in college.
- Rachel Miroslaw '21, Speech-Language Pathology. Rachel is from Tunkhannock, PA, plays field hockey, and enjoys reading and writing
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