StatsNerd Posted December 10, 2010 Share Posted December 10, 2010 Long story short-- the LOR that I was expecting to be the strongest may end up being the weakest... unless I'm just being paranoid. I'm applying to experimental psych master's programs and this professor is basically against any such programs. She thinks they are useless and do nothing to help boost chances of getting into PhD programs. The only reason I'm applying to MA instead of PhD programs is because I know I would have a very hard time getting into any PhD programs at this point... my stats are not great (3.6ish GPA, 560 Q/600 V GRE, only a few semesters of undergrad research experience). She thinks I'd be better off getting an RA job somewhere for a year or two to get more research experience and then apply to PhD programs. But I applied to TONS of RA jobs last summer/this fall and only had a handful of interviews and no offers. I don't think she realizes how competitive it is these days. I TAed for this professor my senior year and worked with her on a few small research projects. She LOVES ME (or... she did? :/ ), brags about me all the time to others, probably overestimates my abilities. I was really counting on a glowing LOR from her but now I'm worried she'll let her disapproval of my life plans come through in her letter. :/ Funny thing is, her biggest (only?) criticism of me has always been that I lack confidence in my work and don't advocate enough for myself... so here I am, finally confident in what I want to do, advocating for myself, and she's not seeing that. So frustrating. Like I said, this was suppsed to be my strongest letter. My second letter will be fairly strong I think (professor I had for senior research seminar) but my last one will probably just be generic positive as it's a professor who doesn't know me as well. Maybe I'm just being paranoid though... maybe she'll come through in the end. Anyone else have experience with an LOR writer not being completely supportive of your specific plans? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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