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  1. This has been such a painful and tedious process and just when I think I'm done, I'm not. I am applying to both Master's and PhD programs. I had three recommenders lined up who all know me very well. academically and personally. Two of the three got their letters in on time. One of them didn't and wasn't responding to emails over the winter break. When I finally got in touch with her, she said she would do them "that night." It obviously didn't happen. Since then, she has kept saying on multiple occasions that she was going to submit the letters that day. Here I am, a month after one of the deadlines (Dec 30), and two weeks after the other deadlines (Jan 15). I have already been rejected from one of the Jan 15 programs. I can't help but assume it's because I was missing a letter. Even if she got the letters submitted tomorrow (unlikely), do I even have a shot at this point? What do you do in this scenario???? Is there a way you can appeal a decision or get them to pause reviewing your application. I don't want all of my money and time to have been wasted because one person wont submit a letter. It is completely out of my hands. I can't force her to do it. Please help me. What do I do?
  2. I have three questions regarding referee letters. I am preparing for application to Master of Clinical psychology course in Australia as an international student. I have already completed my master degree in counseling psychology in Korea. Question 1. I have to get two reference letters from two academic referees. -> For the first one, I will get one from my academic supervisor at my graduate course. My question is about the second one. there are two options. One: from a professor at my bachelor course. But as far as I graduated from bachelor course about 10 years ago already, the professor does not remember much about my academic ability. All she could mention is that I have well-above high GPA in bachelor degree. The professor and I have good relationships in personal, so she was willing to write a referee letter for me, but I doubt that she could describe about my ability well since it was too long ago that I took her class. Second option: From a professor at my graduate course. She knows my ability well as in an acdemic field and professional field. But, I heard it would be better to get one from bachelor degree and one from master degree instead of getting both in the same grad school. If I choose her, then I would get two reference letters from the same grad school. -Do you think it would be better to get one from my bachelor degree and one from grad school? Or get both of them from the grad school as they know me better. Question 2.I am applying for several universities, which require all different number of reference letters. For one university they require only one academic reference letter. -> There are two options in getting the academic reference leter from my grad school. One: my academic supervisor under whom I completed my grad thesis, and did many projects together. She is officially my graduate course acadmic supervisor. She knows me well, but she is very critical and kind of cynical, so I am not really sure whether she would give a high ranking for me in the reference letter. Two: Another professor, who is not my main supervisor, but she knows me very well academically and professionaly. I think she regards me highly compared to my acadmic supervisor. She would definitely give me better comments on the reference letter. -> Can I get one academic reference letter form the second professor instead of getting one from my main academic supervisor??? If I have to get only one academic reference letter, should I get that from my main academic supervisor? Or Can I get one from others? Question 3. I have to get one reference letter from professional field. I used to work in a high school as a student counselor and the principal of the high school will write a reference letter for me. He told me to give him rough ideas of the reference letters that I want to emphasize in it. I saw the reference letter form and there are parts that my referee should describe my weakness in the workfield. I am stuck with this question. What kind of "weakness" should I describe that wouldn't degrade myself ? for example, "the applicant has a aperfectionism and high-standard with herself and work that makes her often exhausted and overwhelmed." "The applicant is sensitive in sensing the mood's of others. She is easily overwhelmed by other's feelings. But, it would help her to be a emphatic listener at the same time" <- will those statements be fine for the weakness description? It would be so much grateful if anyone can give me any answer regarding these questions. Thank you in advance!!!!
  3. After multiple e-mails, calls, and a verbal confirmation that she had sent in my reference, I just saw on an application portal that one of my referees actually did not send it in. I've e-mailed both her and the school to ask if it is still possible for it to be considered, but is there really any hope of that happening at this point? It is my top choice and even though she has a reputation for being down to the wire, I never expected her to put me in this situation. Honestly just so hurt and worried right now. Is there anything more I can do besides e-mailing and calling on Monday? Also any experiences of late references being considered? Thanks in advance!
  4. Dear all, I have completed a Bachelor's in History and now I'm doing an internship with an NGO in India that focusses on female empowerment. I want to study Conflict Management. During 2015-2016, I have studied almost exclusively conflict management courses both in the Netherlands and the UK. Now I'm applying to a wide range of universities to spread my chances. A number of them require academic letters of recommendation. The problem is that I don't have that many people who can act as referees. A lot of my former professors taught History courses and I haven't seen them in a long while nor have I made an attempt to maintain contact. The bottom line is that I need more referees than I have. So my question is would it by incredibly ill-mannered and presumptive to ask a referee to provide two references? To add some context; I would be asking them to fill out recommendation forms for both Johns Hopkins University's SAIS and Science Po's PSAI, which I assume are two rather elaborative forms. Adding to that, although I have good relations with these referees it's not to the degree that I can just say "Hey man, you wouldn't mind filling out two forms, would you?" Just finding other referees will be a poor alternative because I doubt I can find anyone else who knows me to the degree that he/she could provide a decent reference. So who has ever been in a similar situation? How was your double request received? Or did you do something else? I'm very much unsure what to do so any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. With regards, Mees
  5. Hi, I'm an undergraduate student now, applying for Master of Public Health(Epidemiology) of Fall 2012. Now i've already have one referee for certain. i've been doing research with her in the past two years and i'm sure she will give me a strong reference. But i've got troubles choosing the other 2 referees from the following 3. 1. Professor of a major course. He just taught me for half a year, and i did quite well in his class. I discussed course-related questions with him through emails, and once led a group presentation. But unfortunately he is an extremely strict man. I'm not sure i can live up to his expectation of academic potential even with an A in his class... Besides he is extremely busy and always fail to check mails in time. Should i ask him for a recommendation? 2.My class counselor. She might be the person who knows me best, for she has known me since the very minute i began my undergraduate study. But the question is that she only knows me well from a general aspect(overall grades, review from all teachers, student activities etc.) instead of any specific academic point of view. And she is not a professor. Would her reference be a strong one? 3.Program Manager during internship. I've worked for her since June this year and keep close contact since then. if i ask her recommendation in Oct. then she will know my working ability well(the work is a health-related one). If i'd like one referee to state my working ability and related-field experience, my class counselor and my manager, which one is better? Sincerely, your help and advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks for viewing~
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