clashingtime Posted February 25, 2011 Share Posted February 25, 2011 So, I've been flat out rejected across the board, and I contacted the professor I applied to work under at my top school for some advice about how to improve my application. Here's what she told me: I was a really strong candidate with a great GPA, SOP, CV, etc, but my letters of recommendation weren't great. Ouch. She said they had only really nice things to say, but there were other candidates who had recommenders that just gushed about how fabulous, brilliant and insightful they were. Mine were nice, but not of that caliber. From this, I've learned my lesson, and I figured I would pass on the advice as well. Don't just ask people if they can write you a letter of recommendation, ask if they can write you an excellent one. It has to make you sound like the long-awaited golden child. Make sure you get people who can express how great and rockin' you'd be to have as a grad student, and that passing you by would be an awful thing. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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