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  1. Hi! For all of my grad school applications, they require 3 letters of rec. I already have the first 2 confirmed. As for the 3rd letter, I am deciding between two professors. Professor A: I took her intro to comm disorders during the fall of sophomore year and received an A. She is also my advisor for NSSLHA which I am the co-president of (for my junior and senior year). She can speak on my academics as well as my communication skills, leadership skills, etc through NSSLHA. I thought she'd offer something new about my leadership skills since the other 2 professors I asked are speaking about my academics. Professor B: I took her hearing and speech sciences course during the spring of junior year and intro to audiology the summer between junior and senior year. I received a B in both classes. I worked my booty off in both classes and she knows how engaged and involved I was in the class. I would call her to clarify questions and to ask questions about my interests (such as how cleft palate relates to hearing impairments). I think Professor B knows me better but I was worried that the two B's would look "bad". FYI the second B I was .5 away from getting a B+. If I meet with her virtually, I can describe to her my involvement in NSSLHA and other ways I show my leadership skills. She can still speak on these skills but not as much on a personal level than professor A. Which professor would be best for my 3rd letter of rec?
  2. Hi everyone, I'm applying to PhD programs in English for fall 2020 admission. I completed my MA in English in 2018 and I have gotten two professors to write me LORs. However, I'm having trouble finding a third reference. Two other professors from my MA have said no (one couldn't write me a strong letter because I got an A- in her course and the other said she had too many letters to write this semester). I have asked a prof from my undergrad who wrote me a letter for my MA (it was from a fourth year seminar course, if that's helpful) and while she agreed to write me one she said it wouldn't be a strong application decision because admissions committees want to see graduate references. I have asked another professor from my MA but I haven't heard back yet. But if she can't write me the letter, I'm wondering how bad it will be to have an undergrad professor as my third reference.
  3. I am wrapping up my history BA and ROTC contract in may 2019 and I would like to go get my history MA at University of Memphis or UT Knoxville. As it currently sits, ROTC obligations hit my GPA hard this year my transcripts show this year being the only distinct drop in GPA in the 6 years I have been in school. I sat at a 3.3 cumulative going into the year but now I am at a 2.89. I will get my GPA up to a 3.0 (or slightly higher) with a projected 3.25 history specific GPA. I recognize a 3.0 is not as competitive as a 3.3, however I have two peer reviewed publications under my belt with potentially one or two more by the time I apply. I will have several letters of recommendations from full professors at my university as well as several senior army officers. I will have military service under my belt and several public speaking engagements both in the military and Model UN. -Should I have any cause for concern given the 3.0 GPA? -What is the acceptance rate for the two institutions for a history MA? -What GRE scores are considered competitive for both institutions? -Will my professional writing/speaking aid my application? -Does military service aid in applications?
  4. Hello! Looking for advice on getting letters of recommendation when you have few contacts in the art world. I'm considering applying for an MFA in painting for programs beginning in Fall 2019. My problem is that I don't have great contacts for my letters of recommendation. As an undergraduate, I double majored, worked full time, did weekly volunteer work, and had a weekly internship so I never really had the time to develop deep relationships with my art professors. My mentor for the volunteer work (teaching art in local schools) can write me a great recommendation letter as we worked together for 3 years, but my internship supervisors and other art professors each only worked with me for a semester and I don't think they remember me. I graduated a few years ago and moved to Japan to work as an English teacher immediately after graduation. Due to language barriers, I haven't gotten many good contacts in the art world in Japan. My superiors at my current job would happily write glowing recommendation letters about my work ethic and ability to teach English, but that has nothing to do with art. Does anyone have any advice for what to do in this situation? Should I reach out to my old undergraduate professors/supervisors even though we didn't work together for long? Should I ask my superiors at my current job to write my letters? Thanks for any advice!
  5. So as I am in the midst of getting my applications for graduate school (for speech pathology) figured out, I realized that I have no idea what I should have professors highlight in my letters of recommendation (in terms of when they ask you - what would you like highlighted to set you apart?) I was wondering, should you have every professor writing you letters (i.e. - 3) try to highlight something different thats on your resume/that you think it important about you, or should you have them all focus on the same thing? For example, I have experience in working with stroke patients through a volunteer program. Should I only have the professor I work with in this program write about this in my letter of rec, or should I have all three touch on it? Thank you!!!!!!! And best of luck to everyone applying. Almost done with it!
  6. LOR Encouragement Hello everyone! I thought I’d offer this bit of encouragement since I’m sure there’s someone out there who is struggling to meet their letter of rec requirements for their applications. I’ve been working for the past two years in the field I want to study, so getting professional letters wasn’t a big concern (except for the whole “do I or don’t I tell my boss?” freakout). However, getting an academic letter has been a big concern for me because I did not form any relationships with any of my professors. I graduated in 2009, and attended a large research university with 19,000 undergrads. I did well as an undergraduate, so I never really felt the need to stay for office hours, and I transferred a lot of AP and IB credits, planned my courses well and completed my degree in 3 years. Attempt no. 1: I contacted a professor that had complimented my work, even though I only had one class with him. I took a small class with him, contributed to class discussion quite a bit, and figured this guy was as good a reference as I was going to get. I emailed him, waited a week and followed up. I still haven’t heard back from him. Attempt no. 2: I looked through my transcripts for other classes I did well in, and decided to email a professor with whom I took two upper-division classes. His classes were really hard, and the only way to get an A was to produce well-researched papers and mid-terms. I didn’t email him first because I’ve literally never spoken to him. At first he emailed back and said that he wasn’t comfortable writing for someone he didn’t know and asked me to stop by his office. I work full-time and live 5 hours away, so I can’t just swing by his office on the fly. I reply and let him know that I can make a visit within the next week, he replies he’ll be out of the country fron Nov. 1 – dec. 9, but that he’ll write me a letter from Italy. Uhhh….what am I supposed to make out of that?! A couple of days later he emails me back and says that my resume, statement and papers from his class are impressive. He will write me a good letter, and regrets that he didn’t get to know me. Super sweet of him, and I’m super relieved. Long story short: You can’t control who will and who will not write you a letter, so focus on the things you can control. If you’ve worked hard and done what you need to do, then your resume, statement of purpose, and past academic work will speak for themselves. Focus your energies on improving your resume and statement, so your professor can say, wow, I would like them working for me! I know I lucked out with this professor being receptive and reliable, but giving up isn’t going to get you what you need. Are there recommenders who you can shamelessly say “I need your letter to kick ass”? If so, tell them! I’m really comfortable with one of my recommenders and told him that I needed his letter to make me sound like I walk on water. He smiled, and said, “OK”. Don’t give up, and if LORs are holding you back, then accept that it’s the weak point of your application and improve another area!
  7. I graduated from Uni in Atlanta, Georgia in December of 2010 and did not intend to continue on to graduate school so I didn't request LOR. I've since moved back home to Los Angeles, CA and am beginning the process of applying to graduate programs. I have established rapport with three professors who I know for certain would remember me well, and would write me great letters of rec. The advice I see online says it is best to schedule a meeting with the professor, give them materials etc... I get that. But I do not have a lot of money. If I absolutely have to take a trip to Atlanta to do this properly, I will scrape and scrounge for it. But if I could get away with doing this from Los Angeles that would be a great benefit. Opinions? Is it absolutely imperative to meet with professors in person?
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