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SLP Advice: Finding my First Job (CFY)

Some people can probably skip right over this post, but I really just wanted to write a little bit about job-hunting as a new SLP graduate. Why? Because I was desperately searching for advice while I was job hunting, and nothing out there really helped me. I want to share my experience and what I wish I had known.

For the record. I graduated with my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in May 2012. I have been at my current job for over a year, and it is where I completed my CFY (Clinical Fellowship Year). I work at a skilled nursing facility (SNF), so some of this will relate to that setting, but most of the information is more general in nature.

WHEN TO START

Come January of my last year of grad school I was ready to start the job search. Here’s the problem with that. Very few places are going to hire an SLP five months in advance. Don’t get me wrong. There are a few people from my program that were hired very early on, but I found that looking for a job was really a poor use of my time at that point. Looking back I wish I had just relaxed and waited more patiently. I remember spending hours online applying for jobs. I was contacting people and hearing the same thing over and over again. “It’s too early, but call us back later. We will keep your name on file.”

As months passed and it got closer and closer to graduation, so many more job opportunities opened up. I was going crazy sorting through jobs come the end of March and beginning of April.

WHAT TO DO FIRST

Here is what I did do very early on that seemed to be the best use of my time. Start doing these as soon as possible.

  • Write your resume. Do this as soon as possible so you can take your time and do it right. Nothing is as frustrating as seeing a job opening and not being able to apply right away because you don’t have a resume yet. I used this article from ASHA as well as a bunch of sample resumes like this one to get started. The sample resumes helped me the most, and there are tons of others. Just use search words like “slp,” “cfy,” “resume,” “example,” “sample,” “template,” or anything along those lines.
  • Get your professional references lined up. I already had a good idea of who I wanted to use as my references, but you need to start thinking about it early on. Go ahead and get their permission. I used people who spent a good deal of time with me and knew me pretty well. For my list of references I found examples online like this one and modified it to fit my needs. One thing I did differently was list their professional title as well as their professional relationship to me.  (ex. Professional title: Associate Professor, Professional relationship to me: Thesis Advisor)
  • Get your priorities straight. Start figuring out what you want in a job. Here are some things to think about: setting, location, age group, schedule, flexibility, work environment, salary, benefits. This will be different for everyone, but I started out with a very open mind as far as setting goes. I was willing to work with kids or adults, in-patient, out-patient, whatever. I was open to working in a school, but really as a last resort. (The schools in my area actually pay SLPs relatively well compared to other schools, but not compared to other settings). I knew the level of supervision was important to me, and I wanted to have my CFY supervisor available on-site. My biggest priority was location. I wanted a job along the Gulf Coast, preferably in my home town. As you start really getting into the interview process and comparing different companies, more of your priorities will become apparent.
  • Get a game plan. Here is where I think a lot of people get frustrated with the job search. They get on the computer and only type “slp JOBS” into Google. After doing that over and over again, I decided to change my tactics. I started searching for SLPs or speech therapy in the area as if I was a parent or patient looking for a place to get therapy.  I went online and made a list of all the facilities in the area that employed SLPs and their contact information. Another great place to look for facilities is in the yellow pages of the phonebook under “speech-language pathology,” “speech therapy,” or “rehabilitation centers.” Honestly, I found the facility that hired me from the phonebook. You can also just look for facilities as you are driving around town. It’s amazing the places you don’t notice until you are looking for them. Make a list and keep it handy for later.
STARTING THE JOB SEARCH
Ok, so as graduation starts getting closer and closer you can really kick the job search into high gear. Positions are going to be available, and employers are going to be looking to hire you. Here are some tips:
  • You know that list of facilities you made. Call them. Who cares if they don’t have listed a job opening online. Call them and ask to speak to the therapy director. If no one answers leave a message (I hate leaving messages). It got to the point where I had this little speech I said over and over again: “Hi, my name is Haley Bee, and I am going to be graduating in May as a speech therapist. I am looking for a CFY and I was wondering if there will be any job openings at your facility.” If I had to make an estimate I heard back from about 3 out of every 5 facilities I called and about 2 out of those 3 were looking to hire someone.
  • Staffing Agencies. They sure are annoying aren’t they? Don’t get me wrong, some of the people I talked to were very nice and helpful, but others gave me a bad feeling. One I talked to tried to get me to tell her all of the other companies I was in contact with. Maybe that’s normal, but I didn’t have a good feeling about it, so I lied to her and told her no one. I called a few agencies when I saw some job openings online, but by the time I got to them the jobs were never available anymore. They always had wonderful opportunities available halfway across the country. I would be extra cautious with all of these agencies because when it comes down to it, they are trying to make money by hiring you. Now here I go being a hypocrite. I was hired through a staffing agency. Here’s the difference though; most SNFs use an agency to hire therapists. I contacted the SNF first, knew that I liked it, and then was sent to the agency for that specific job.
  • Just to be extra thorough, keep an eye open for job postings online. I bookmarked the ASHA career center and  therapyjobs.com and checked them periodically. Here is why this is not my number one recommendation for job searching. For almost every job you apply for, you have to set up a profile and fill out a long application. And all of this, just so someone can call you to tell you the job you wanted isn’t available and to harass you about taking a job 1000 miles away. This seemed like the biggest waste of time for me. You may want to have a cover letter template ready, because a lot of the online applications required one.
INTERVIEWS
So, you found an opening, applied for a job, and heard back with good news…they want to interview you! While I was job searching I had a couple different types of interview experiences: phone interview, long drawn out direct hire interview, and SNF interview though a staffing agency. The most important thing I did for interviews was make a list of questions for employers. During each interview I looked at this list to make sure they told me everything I needed to know. Then when they asked for questions from me I was prepared. That’s what I started with, but of course I asked more questions based on what they told me. Here is my list:
  1. What’s the typical caseload? (# patients, types of patients)
  2. How much of the day would I spend doing therapy vs. evaluations?
  3. What are the typical hours?
  4. What happens if a client does not show up for their appointment? Do therapists still get paid for time?
  5. Is there a productivity standard? If so, what is it?
  6. What paperwork/documentation am I expected to complete on a regular basis?
  7. Is there time dedicated to paperwork?
  8. What technology resources are available to me here?  (ex:  laptop, AAC devices, iTouch, iPad, etc.)
  9. What type of support will be available to me as a CFY?
  10. Do you have a CFY mentor available for me? Have they had a CFY before?
  11. How many other therapists work here?
  12. What types of support for continuing education do you offer (Does the company pay for CEUs)?
  13. What opportunities would I have to become specialized in something such as FEES, Vitalstim etc.?
  14. What about license/ASHA reimbursement?
  15. Therapy materials?
  16. How does time off work? Do you offer paid time off?
  17. If I completed my CFY here, would I be able to continue working afterward?
  18. At what point in the interview process do we talk about salary? What is the salary range?
  19. I don’t graduate until May. What is an estimated start date?
  20. How often can a therapist expect a raise, and how much would it be?
  21. Benefits package?
  22. What do you feel is the biggest benefit for working for your company?
Also as you leave, be sure to ask when you should expect to hear back from them.
As for questions all the interviewers asked me, they were pretty straightforward. They didn’t ask me any hard questions (no one in any of my interviews quizzed me on speech pathology). Just the usual strengths and weaknesses questions, describe your experiences, what population do you want to work with the most? Basically I just repeated my resume to them with more detail.
  • Phone Interview. I had one phone interview while I was job searching. It was for a small private practice pediatric therapy center about 2 hours from where I live. Overall the interview went well (they liked me and wanted me to come tour the facility), but I ended up stopping the process because it was too far away, and the salary and benefits just didn’t compare the the other places I was looking. They contacted me and scheduled when they would call me for the interview. I read a little bit about preparing for a phone interview online, but did not follow any advice. I mean it just seemed a little ridiculous to “dress professionally” when talking on the phone. I think I was wearing workout clothes, but I was able to turn my “professional voice” on just fine. (To be honest I make professional calls in my pajamas all the time. No one can tell.) I was super nervous that I was going to forget about the call, so I taped a giant sign in my room with “PHONE INTERVIEW @ 5:30 on THURSDAY” written on it. I had my laptop opened up to a word document so I could write down important information. I also had my giant list of interview questions for them pulled up on my computer. When they called, I was on speakerphone talking to the two owners and therapists. I have never talked on a conference call, so it was a little weird to get used to. Overall it was a great interview. I preferred the other interviews where I met people face to face and got to tour the facility right away though.
  • Long, Drawn out, Direct Hire Interview. This interview was all kinds of ridiculous, but I really liked the facility and therapists. They emailed me to schedule the interview, and included a questionnaire. I thought the questionnaire was kind of redundant to my resume, but whatever. They wanted it, so I did it. I was also an over-achiever and printed out samples of evaluation reports and therapy plans I had written. They liked that, but I wouldn’t say it was necessary. The interview went well, but it was really long. Like 2 hours long. I got to meet all the therapists and they seemed like a great group of people. Again I asked my long list of questions. They told me they had a lot of other people to interview, but I should be able to hear back from them after the first round of interviews at the beginning of the next month. Next month rolled around, and I got a second interview. This one was a lunch interview with all the therapists. I dressed professionally as usual, but lunch included sitting on the floor of the therapy gym, eating barbecue, and chatting with the therapists about The Hunger Games. It was a nice time, but totally not what I was expecting. Afterward, I got to ask the therapists a bunch of questions about working there, before meeting with the owner again. I only talked with her for a few minutes, but she told me I could expect to hear back from her by the next Wednesday. Well next Wednesday rolls around, and I get a text from a friend from my program who I knew was also applying for the job asking me what I wore. She had an interview that day! I was a little confused. Later that evening I got an email from the facility telling me interviews were taking longer than expected, and I should hear back from them by the following Wednesday. Well I didn’t hear anything from them on that Wednesday either. By the time they got back to me (about a month and a half later), I had already accepted the job I have now.
  • SNF Interview. I had two interviews with SNFs, but the process was similar for both. The interview was scheduled through the staffing agency.  I showed up dressed professionally. Got a tour of the facility. Then we went to the therapy office and they asked me the typical questions and answered all of my questions. Easy as pie. The only thing different about SNFs is that the interviewers can’t answer questions about salary and benefits. That is all answered by the staffing agency. I left the interview and called the staffing lady to tell her I liked the facility. She contacted the therapy director and made sure they liked me. Then she called me back the same day with an offer. There is usually some time frame to accept the offer.
One of the main issues all of my classmates struggled with during interviews was negotiating salary. Salary is a big secret that no one will talk about. It’s very frustrating. Obviously I am not going to post my salary online, but it wouldn’t really mean much to you unless you were looking for a job in my same geographic area and in my same setting. I wish I could give you really great advice about this, but this is all I have.
  • Talk with a few of your closest friends about what they have heard is a typical starting salary, what they are asking for, what they are expecting. Don’t put people on the spot. It makes people very uncomfortable. When classmates hear that someone else has been given a higher wage than them they start to get secretive because it really stinks to hear that someone with the exact same qualifications as you is going to get paid more than you.
  • I had very specific criteria for my first job. I had to realize that it doesn’t matter that that one classmate got paid a few extra dollars an hour to take a job 4 states away. I needed a job in my hometown. You can’t compare salaries from 2 different geographic areas or even across settings. If you want to work for the school system it really stinks hearing people working in SNFs talk about salary because you will make less. Take a job that fits your needs and is what you want to do.
  • You are worth more than you think you are, and more than companies will make you think you are. (This may not be true, but this is what I have gathered from my work experience.) Don’t think of yourself as less qualified just because you are a CFY. Most places really prefer a CFY. Do you know why? You are green. You can be taught to do the job exactly how they want it done. You are not set in your ways. AND you are cheaper labor than someone who has been working for 10 years. Companies want to make money and Medicare pays the same amount for therapy from a 30 year veteran SLP or a newbie graduate CFY.
  • To share my own experience, I had two interviews for different SNFs on the same day. I was negotiating salary back and forth, and I was open and honest about having another offer on the table. Company A offered what I thought was a good hourly rate with a sign on bonus. Company B offered me the same rate with a higher sign on bonus. Both companies had very similar benefits packages. Out of the blue, Company B contacted me and offered me $5 more an hour. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse and that was the job I currently have.
  • Make sure you know if you will get a raise after completing your CFY. I think you should, but I did not. In my situation I got the higher rate, and an opportunity for a raise after 12 months instead of 9 months which was more ideal for me.

ACCEPTING A JOB

Hopefully all of this advice pays off and you will be accepting a job in no time. My biggest advice for immediately after you accept a job is to apply for your state licensure as soon as you can. It’s different in every state, but in Florida I had to have a provisional speech-language pathology license before I could start work. I waited until after I graduated to apply and that was unnecessary. I could have gotten the process started much sooner. Waiting resulted in me not starting work until the middle of June after graduating at the beginning of May. (It was actually kind of nice having time off. Consider it.) Other classmates started the day after graduation.

That’s all the job search advice I have for you! I worked very hard trying to include all of the information that would have been the most helpful to me when I was looking for a job. sig



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My Invisalign Experience Part 2: Getting My Aligners

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Check out part 1 of my Invisalign experience here, where I talk about all the appointments building up to getting my aligners.

In this post I am going to talk about the most exciting day of this whole experience: the day I got my aligners.

Like I mentioned in my previous Invisalign post, I had read a lot of blogs discussing this day in detail, so I felt very prepared. My course of treatment included 14 trays for top and bottom. That was a little different from my ClinCheck appointment. I think it was originally 12 uppers and 10 lowers. (I found out at my last appointment that the lower teeth will be done at tray 12. I still get new lowers 13 and 14, but they are passive trays. That way I don’t have to wear old ones on the bottom for 6 weeks).

Putting on Attachments

Attaching the attachments took up the vast majority of this appointment. It started out with them giving me a little flimsy version of an aligner to put on my teeth. This acted as a template so they knew where to put the attachments. They used those little hook things to pull my lips back and just went to town cementing those things to my teeth. They had to dry my teeth with this little mini dryer thing. Kind of funny.

One of my attachments would not stay on. The girl working on me tried 3 times, and it kept getting stuck in the template. I mentioned in the previous post that I was supposed to have 12 attachments, 3 on each side of my upper and lower teeth, starting with my incisors. She had the orthodontist come over and take a look so they could decided what to do. He said it would be ok to just not have that one. He said he didn’t think I really needed that many attachments anyway, so it would be fine. That’s why I only have 11 attachments.

Interproximal Reduction (IPR)

Ugh.

I hate IPR.

I read about it. I was prepared for it. Most of the blogs said it wasn’t a big deal.

It was a big deal for me.

It started out with the orthodontist taking a thin strip of metal and threading it between my teeth. The metal is basically sandpaper. Back and forth. Back and forth. He flossed my teeth with sandpaper.

Then it got big time. There was a drill involved. It had a big circular thin piece of “metal sandpaper” that was placed between my teeth. My teeth were sanded down high speed this time.

Does that sound pleasant? It’s not. I will say that it is not actually painful, just extremely uncomfortable. The best way I explained it to someones is like this. It is the most physically uncomfortable I have ever been without experiencing pain. I’d rather have experienced a little bit of pain than deal with the extreme amount of uncomfortableness. Nails on a chalk board. It’s painful for your brain. I would rather get a shot than IPR.

Anyway. I dealt with it. The purpose of IPR is to make room between your teeth so they have room to move. I wondered if it made you more susceptible to cavities since it’s taking enamel off of your teeth, but when I googled it, the answer was no. The amount of enamel/tooth shaved down is apparently the same amount that would come off with the movement of teeth rubbing together with traditional braces. At least that’s what the internet said.

After IPR, there was visible space between my teeth that I was kind of embarrassed about, but you could not see it when I put the actual aligners in. Also I’ve had to have IPR at almost every appointment I’ve gone to (on different teeth) and the spaces are always gone after a day or so.

First Time with Aligners

After all that mess, they had me practice putting my aligners in and taking them out. I didn’t have much trouble, but I could imagine it would be difficult if your teeth were more crooked than mine. I know they sell little plastic hooks to help people with this, but I have had no need for anything like that. They did tell me I didn’t have to be as gentle as I was being when I was taking them out. Loosening the back teeth first made it easier. The orthodontist gave me the first 5 sets of aligners. They come in little baggies and are marked with the number they are. I am supposed to wear each set for 2 weeks and then switch.

After that we were done. But then craziness happened. They sat me up in the chair and a piece of metal from the tiny lightbulb in the overhead lamp fell and hit my arm. And it was HOT. Oh my goodness. It only touched me for like a split second though, so I thought it was fine. They brought me an icepack and I held it on my arm for a bit. At first there was no mark, but when I got to my car it started getting red, and by the time I got back to work it was a full on blister. Luckily I work at a nursing home and one of the nurses put some silvadene on it for me. It got worse before it got better. This happened in May. It’s August and I still have a small scar on my arm. So that happened…But back to my teeth 🙂

After I left (and paid) I got in my car and stared at my teeth in the mirror for a bit. I was satisfied with the invisibility of the aligners. The attachments were there, but I didn’t mind them. Some people notice them and some people don’t. On my way to work I called Aaron to tell him about it all and to practice talking with my aligners in because, guess what you guys…

I HAD A LISP.

I am a SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST.

I had to go to work after all of this with a LISP.

It cleared up in a few hours, but for about the first 2 weeks, I had a noticeable lisp whenever I first put my aligners back in after eating or whatever. Not cool. Haha. I just went with the full disclosure method. If I lisped while talking to a patient or patient’s family member, I would just point to my teeth and say ” I just got Invisalign, and it’s affecting my speech.” Everyone was cool about it. Haha.

Pain Management

I really only had pain the first couple of days, but those first few days were pretty bad. I think wearing my aligners made me more tired at work because of the pain, and I would crash on the sofa immediately when I got home from work. I could distinctly tell which teeth were moving from where the pain was.

My aligners made me feel claustrophobic. I would want to take them off so bad, but when I did the attachments cut up the inside of my mouth so much that I was happy to put them back in. I was able to eat ok. When I first took the aligners out, my teeth would be very sensitive, but after chewing for about 1-2 minutes it was like normal.

Note: this was only for the first 2 or 3 days. After that everything got much better. I couldn’t eat apples or nuts for a while. I actually went to Disney World the first week after I got my aligners. Yep. I was the weirdo brushing my teeth in the bathroom at Disney World. 🙂 The inside of my mouth toughened up, so the attachments didn’t hurt anymore. I don’t feel claustrophobic wearing them either. If I’m honest I actually really like them. They’re cozy. Haha.

That’s all I have for today. In the next Invisalign post I’m going to talk about day to day care of the aligners including my daily routine and some advice!sig

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Monday Monday

I just spent a good little while writing a really long blog post showing off my kitchen backsplash. I posted it for a second, but then I decided to wait and schedule it for tomorrow. It’s so good…I need to keep you waiting.

In all actuality I wanted to do another little short post today that would no longer be relevant tomorrow. My fancy kitchen, however, will still be relevant tomorrow.

Today was my first day back at work after an unanticipated 4 day long weekend. Nothing glamorous. I was sick. All my little motivational quotes I pin on my “wise words” pinterest board would have been proud of me today. Sometimes when I’m at work I have to give myself little motivational talks.

I actually committed to being at work instead of looking at the clock and wishing the day away. I’ve been in a funk lately. The good news is that I’ll be finished with my clinical fellowship soon. I’ll still have the same job, but I’ll get some new letters on my name. Instead of Haleybee M.S. CFY-SLP, I’ll be Haleybee M.S. CCC-SLP. It’s a big deal.

You should help me choose the picture for my badge at work:

Option A or B?

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Those were taken the day I got my QVC “Today’s Special Value” impulse purchase in the mail, so of course I had just played makeup. It’s a rare day that I do my hair, so it needed to be documented. It just so happened that I needed to upload a badge picture to my work onboarding site, and I had a spare boyfriend laying around the house to take my picture.

One drawback of having a tall boyfriend is that the 10 pictures I took before these 2 good ones were all looking down at the top of my head. Or my head was leaned way back. Just for the record, the “looking down on you” angle makes a person’s head look huge. (Or maybe I just have a big head).

Random thoughts for the evening:

I’ve been DVRing The Bachelor so I can fast forward through commercials. I heart Sean. I’m totally going to write a post where talk about how Sean and I are actually meant to be together. (BTW Aaron, I’m talking about the alternate universe where you are meant to be with Emma Watson, so we’re square).

It’s been raining all day. We’re currently under a tornado warning.

I have a goal to finish my dang book by the end of February. I’ve got three days to finish The Casual Vacancy. It’s picked up a little bit, but I’m still trudging.

I also have a lot of crafty projects coming to a close. Lot’s to blog about.

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January 14th {photo-a-day}

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Mondays. Mondays. Mondays.

You know what makes Mondays better? Saving all my patients with goals like problem-solving, reasoning, and short-term memory (because I constantly have to remind them of the rules) for the end of the day, and then just finishing up my day with a couple of hours of UNO. I have no mercy.sig

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The Aftermath: New Year’s Resolutions 2012

Hello 2013!

With the new year comes that grand old tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions. I guess some of mine are resolution-y, but most of them are just goals that I would like to achieve in the new year. Last year was kind of crazy when I was setting my goals. I was still in school with a thesis hanging over my head. Big changes happened this year!

This post is dedicated to revisiting my 2012 goals and seeing how I did.

  1. Continue healthy meal planning and regular workout routine (before and after graduation).
  2. Run more often. Register for and run a 5k by Fall
  3. Lose ten more pounds (June 30)
  4. Pass my praxis on the first try (Jan 14)
  5. Graduate on time with a thesis I’m proud of (May)
  6. Get a job I love like (May-June)
  7. Take more pictures
  8. Start a blog (post-thesis)
  9. Design planner project
  10. Have my own apartment by the end of the year

Some of these I have written about before when I did a yearly goals update post here and here.

Goals I met earlier in the year are #4, #5, #6 (ish), #7, #8 (obviously), and #10.

As for the others…

1. Continue healthy meal planning and regular workout routine (before and after graduation). I’m totally going to cheat and say that I met this goal. Here is my reasoning. I kept up my healthy meal planning and regular workout routing all the way through graduation AND for the month following. So yes. Based on the wording of that goal I totally met it. In reality, I have not continued meal planning and working out since I moved to Pensacola and started my job. It’s bad and will be addressed in 2013.

2. Run more often. Register for and run a 5k by Fall. I legitimately MET this goal. Nikki and I ran The Christmas Run 5k in downtown Pensacola. Proof:IMG_0240

Look how cute we are in the tutus Nikki made us!

Does it matter that I didn’t train at all? I don’t think so since I did run the whole thing. I was sore the next day, but I going to say that’s because Aaron and I also went bike riding around my neighborhood twice afterwards. Merry Christmas to us from me 🙂

3. Lose ten more pounds (June 30). Joke, obviously.

6. Get a job I love like (May-June). Hmm. I still can’t say I LOVE my job.

I’ve always thought that if you are doing your true calling that it should energize you and make you excited to go to work. Right now I’m spending a lot of afternoons exhausted and drained.

Some exciting new is that my company was recently bought out by a larger company. This could really go either way as far as job happiness goes. It sounds like it could be good though. I’ll get my own ipod touch to do documentation, which means we are finally going computerized. A lot of my energy loss is caused by extremely long and redundant handwritten documentation. My job happiness will dramatically increase if I can complete an evaluation form in less than an hour. (And no it’s not just me because I’m a new-by SLP. It takes the other SLP just as long.)

9. Design planner project. This goal I did not meet, and I’m ok with it. I was very motivated to do this while I was in school and using a planner more regularly, only then I didn’t have the time to design one. Now that I’ve graduated, I really feel like I’d be happy just buying a fancy Erin Condren planner.

Overall, I think I did pretty well.

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Something New: Friday’s Letters

Dear Old People: Quit being mean to me. You are at a rehab facility to get therapy so you can get better and go home. Speech therapy is more important than Walker Texas Ranger.

Dear WGN: Really? Matlock. Heat of the Night. Walker Texas Ranger. With that lineup how on earth do you expect me to get any of my patients to come to therapy. I can’t compete with these geriatric hotties.

Dear Cold Weather: I like you. Just quit frosting up my windows in the morning before I go to work.

Dear Neighbor Family Across the Street: Yes you did see me going out of my way to step on crunchy leaves as I was on my way to the mailbox. I know you were jealous. Just go for it.

Dear Guy in this Video: I’m calling the police. You have obviously been peeking in my windows and stealing my sweet dance moves.

Dear Hobby Lobby: Sorry about the glitter storm I created in the Christmas decorations section. Some garland was tangled and I really needed to look at it. I would try to lie and say it wasn’t me, but it’s pretty obvious when you are the person responsible for a glitter storm. You carry that mark with you for the rest of your life. For real. The checkout lady had to dust off the counter when I left.

Dear Harry Potter World and Disney World: It’s ON this weekend. P.S. I know it’s really Islands of Adventure and that one section is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but I don’t care. It’s Harry Potter World.

Dear Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 Premiere: I’m sorry. I should have been there for you. I know I made fun of your last movie something awful, but for old times sake I should have tried to go to the midnight premiere. I mean I’ve been there for every other movie. Harry Potter World is just more important though.

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Yours Truly, The Girl Published in the Library of Congress

So I kind of wrote a book.

It’s my THESIS y’all!

This baby right here.

Feast your eyes on the last two years of my life:

You like that fancy cropping job? You don’t need to know my last name, do you? Plus I know all my hard core stalkers could just look up the title.

I’m pretty sure the average person would only want to read the acknowledgments and my bio at the end, but I don’t care. It’s totally going on my coffee table.

Anyway. This thing is about 100 pages long.Look at that thickness.

That’s going to make it really difficult for me to carry it around in my purse all the time now.

The good news is that I just heard from my advisor that I’ll get to present at the ASHA conference in November this year. That’s the American Speech and Hearing Association. And by “present” I mean make a poster and stand by it in case anyone wants to ask me a question that I probably won’t know the answer to since I haven’t thought about this since the beginning of May.

Whatevs.

It’s in Atlanta and I need some new furniture from IKEA.

I’m psyched.

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