108: Surviving SLP Grad School with Sam Walker

Surviving SLP Grad School with Sam Walker




Let’s talk about grad school! 

If you are preparing for grad school or currently applying for it, this episode of SLP Coffee Talk is for you!

Once you start grad school, you may think that your whole life should revolve around it and you won’t be able to do anything else, but that’s not the case! It will take up as much time as you give it, but you are not just a student, you’re a person too. 

In this episode, I sat down with Sam Walker to talk about all things grad school for future SLP’s and how to not only survive but thrive. 

Sam is an NYC-based speech pathologist and founder of Speaking of Samantics. She designs and makes everything with love, offering a broad range of products.

Speaking of Samantics products make for a perfect gift. Moreover, they bring the speech pathologist community closer together. Samantha is passionate about her job as a speech pathologist. Her goal is to inspire others around the world to do the same. With her brand, she helps spread the word about the important work of speech-language pathologists everywhere.

Grad school is the perfect time to really explore the field and find out what you like, what you don’t, and find your passion. 


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • Why you don’t need to let grad school take up all of your free time
  • Why it is so important to work on your mental health in grad school
  • How to stop comparing yourself to others 
  • Tips for finding the perfect specialty for you 
  • Advice for preparing to take the Praxis
  • Tips for finding your clinical fellowship
  • What to do if you are worried you made the wrong decision
  • Tips for finding a job after graduation


Grad school is what you make of it. It doesn’t have to be an all-consuming and stressful experience. Focusing on your mental health and putting yourself first will help you get more out of your time as a student. 

If you are looking for more support during your grad school experience, Sam is your girl. She offers tons of support for SLP grad students that need it. She has a course for surviving SLP grad school, a course on finding the perfect clinical fellowship, and even a mentorship program. Check them out here. 

If you are interested in my CF Bootcamp, I will be hosting another one this summer. Stay tuned to get all of the details! 

Surviving SLP Grad School with Sam Walker

Joke of the Week:

Q: How do you know if there was a snowman in your bed? 

A: You wake up wet. 


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Check out Sam’s SLP courses

Check out her shop

Visit her Etsy shop

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