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Breakthrough

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Ok, it's not the breakthrough I really want, in a fully funded admission, but it feels pretty close to that at this point. My letter of recommendation writer who hadn't finished uploading them to all the schools I'm applying to earlier this week. The day after I wrote my previous post he submitted a couple and then he submitted the rest earlier this week. What this means for me is that some of the schools with Dec 15 deadlines I applied to received that final LoR 1 week late while 3 received it 3 weeks late (!). The schools that had January 1 deadlines would have received that final LoR a couple days late while I have 2 more schools for which the deadline hasn't passed as yet.

I cannot express in words the relief I got when I saw the email confirmation that the LoRs had been submitted. It felt like a huge burden had been lifted off my back. It's one thing to have your application rejected because you weren't good enough, it's another to have it not considered at all because someone you were depending on didn't submit a letter. As it is, I'm not sure if my applications at the 3 schools that received the LoR 3 weeks late will be considered with the other applicants', but the remaining 7 should be (I hope). If I'm able to one day become a professor, I hereby resolve to always be punctual with LoR requests!


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Congratulations on this breakthrough, newms! I had the same problem. One of my recommenders hadn't submitted any of the reference letters for the 11 schools that I applied until Jan 1. Apparently, this letter was 1 month late for some schools and 2 weeks late for some other schools. But I think it should be fine, cuz the adcom won't start reviewing the applications right after the deadline. Anyways, I'm glad you are relieved now :)

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Thanks nepisodes! All the best to you on your apps!

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Oh goodness, I think LORs were the most stressful part of the application process for me...! It was the one thing totally out of my control. Actually, I still have one application left and one LOR missing, so I still have to figure that out....

Good to hear that it's no longer a worry for you! I do hope those 3 schools still give you a fair shot. I mean, it's such a common issue with applicants.... you'd think that they'd be lenient with that.

And hooray for punctual professors! One of my LOR writers was ridiculously good about getting in his letters way before the deadline. It was FANTASTIC. I'll have to make sure my thank you card is extra thankful.

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Oh goodness, I think LORs were the most stressful part of the application process for me...! It was the one thing totally out of my control. Actually, I still have one application left and one LOR missing, so I still have to figure that out....Good to hear that it's no longer a worry for you! I do hope those 3 schools still give you a fair shot. I mean, it's such a common issue with applicants.... you'd think that they'd be lenient with that.And hooray for punctual professors! One of my LOR writers was ridiculously good about getting in his letters way before the deadline. It was FANTASTIC. I'll have to make sure my thank you card is extra thankful.

<br><br>Oh definitely, hooray for punctual profs! I'll be getting my thank you cards this weekend to send to my LoR writers. Is the missing LoR for all your apps or just for one? I hope it gets submitted ASAP.<br>

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awesome! good luck brother - this month IS it!! :)

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great news.. i was in the same boat a couple of days ago... :) now let's wait for their decisions!!

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<br><br>Oh definitely, hooray for punctual profs! I'll be getting my thank you cards this weekend to send to my LoR writers. Is the missing LoR for all your apps or just for one? I hope it gets submitted ASAP.<br>

Just one app, but he's out of town right now (in Antarctica...), but I'll figure something out!

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Yay! This is great news! Here's hoping you update with even better news soon. :)

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Thanks for the kind words everyone! Hopefully we'll all have good news soon enough!

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Hang in there - sounds like your luck is on an upswing!! :)

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Thanks Medievalmaniac. I called up the schools that had received the LoR 3 weeks late and they said it was still OK. I can't believe my luck!

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@katerific Best of luck hunting that final LoR!

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I'm glad everything worked out. Best of luck, newms and everyone else ! :)

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I wish you the very best! As bhikhaari said, this month is uber-important!

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