Help me save the upcoming interview for a Master's degree
February 4, 2010 10:48 AM Subscribe
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How can I properly explain that I switched majors just a year short of graduating (due to embarassing personal reasons- details inside)?
posted by anonymous to education (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I decided to forsake my training as a grad student in developmental psychology last year after realizing that I was too expressive/outgoing to be able to properly listen, and simply too young at that point in my life, to face these things as a professional (24/F). Also, I had been in depression for 2 years, and simply chose to start anew in a field which interests me just as much, and seems less emotional : Speech therapy and psycholinguistics.
As I have done well on certain exams last year, I missed one of them, which I plan on passing next june, in order to "finish up" the schoolyear I did as a master's student in Psych, though without properly graduating the Master's degree (I had one year left).
After studying psycholinguistics enthusiastically in undergrad this semester (as it was a prerequisite), I applied for a Master's degree in Speech therapy, and am now preparing for the interview.
Amongst many questions, I know there is a possibility that someone may ask for the reason why I didn't finish even the schoolyear I had started (courses go by blocks, which have to be taken within a certain level or year of training), and I am certain that I will be asked why I chose to change majors.
It is clear to me that speech therapy simply looks :
more "medical" in certain aspects,
that I enjoy linguistics,
and that I will get to express myself a lot more, in a useful manner through this field (plus research opportunities seem amazing)
........................but will it justify my academic past ?
Question : what valid reasons could I present, that wouldn't actually dismiss psychology, or alter the vision the interviewing team will have of my stability / personality ? Thanks in advance.