kalosskylos Posted June 16, 2010 Share Posted June 16, 2010 Hi! So I'm a 3rd year undergrad at the University of Chicago (Anthro major) and my one biggest fear in applying to grad schools is the fact that I really do not have any professors who know me well at all (at least, not ones who are connected in any way to the area I'm interested in). I have the following problems: 1. I'm a transfer student, so I only had my 2nd and 3rd years to familiarize myself with faculty. 2. UChicago runs on a quarter system, so the time spent with each professor is less. There are so many different people teaching courses, it seems very difficult to take more than one class with the same instructor. 3. Nearly all my transfer credits transferred as elective credits, so I've been plowing through Core Curriculum courses the past two years, most of which are only remotely related to my academic interests. 4. I've made the mistake of taking a large portion of Anthro courses taught by grad students rather than actual professors, so even though they know me very well, they can't exactly write my LORs. 5. I want to apply to a Master's Program in Mediterranean Studies or European history (with a focus on modern Greece/Mediterranean), but the courses I've taken in that area were in my first-year/previous school and I doubt if my professors remember me much, if at all. I've taken a handful of courses in this area at UChicago, but one was a big lecture course with hardly any student/teacher interaction and the others were taught by a professor in the Slavic Department who is going to write one of my LORs (she's not renowned or anything). So my questions are the following: 1. Would it be a bad idea to request an LOR from a professor whose areas of expertise aren't that relevant to what I am applying for? I have a few professors who would write me great recommendations, but I've only taken general theory-type courses with them, not courses related to my specific interests in Greece/Europe. Obviously the Anthropology department at Chicago is not exactly Europe focused. 2. Should I shop for a course these upcoming Autumn and Winter quarters basically with the purpose of milking a recommendation out of someone? I don't want to seem like a leech, though. I have a 3.68 overall GPA and a 3.87 GPA in my major, I expect to have good GRE scores (I had SAT 800 Verbal, 800 Writing scores, and I'm studying like mad for the GREs, so I think they should turn out well), my SOP seems pretty good...I'm not that ambitious, I would just be glad to get into ANY graduate program... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Create an account or sign in to comment
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
Create an account
Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!Register a new account
Already have an account? Sign in here.Sign In Now