butterfingers2010 Posted September 28, 2011 Share Posted September 28, 2011 Just as the title implies, I am quickly burning through my options for LOR's. I already have 2 lined up, but for some of the schools I am applying to I need 3. I have already asked all the professors whom I feel know me well enough to write. One agreed to do so, but the others I never even heard back from. After a couple weeks of not hearing back I followed up with voice mails, and so far..no response. I don't understand why I can't even get a yes/no response. Is that so much to ask for? I know it's not because I am a bad student...on the contrary I have a 3.8 gpa and earned A's from all the professors in question. I seemed to have a good rapport with all of them, so I am really confused as to why they can't even respond to my messages. I have been out of school for almost 2 years so now I am leaning more toward professional references in my field. I already have one from my boss, and just recently asked an old co-worker if she would write one. This particular co-worker just graduated from the same program I am applying to so I am hoping that gives her letter at least a little more credibility than if I had just asked any co-worker, but I know I am grabbing at straws at this point. I work full time and this is what I have been doing for the last 2 years...I really can't think of any other realms of my life from which I could possibly get an LOR. The problem is that I can see her being a little flaky and/or not having the time. She enthusiastically agreed to review my SOP a month ago, and haven't heard back about that yet, so that doesn't give me much confidence that she could get my letter together for me. I know that people lead busy lives and sometimes it takes awhile to respond to emails, phone calls, etc. but I'm starting to feel a bit jaded and frustrated. I honestly can't think of any other quality LOR possibilities at this point, but I don't want a lack of LOR's to blow my chances. Three of the schools I am applying to only require 2 or no letters, but even one of my "safety" school requires three letters! I already have one strike against me, which is doing badly on the GRE, and now this. I am starting to think that I should just give up on the whole idea of grad school, or only apply to the schools that only ask for 2 letters. I like to be in control of things, and it really bothers me that this seems to be out of my control and potentially ruining my chances of grad school. Maybe I am prematurely anxious, but I am feeling super uptight about this right now. I honestly don't know what I did to deserve this predicament. I did everything I was supposed to...I got a degree, did extremely well in school, have lots of work experience in my field, and plan on submitting killer SOP's. I know I bombed the GRE and I was a fairly quiet student, but nobody is perfect and I just want a better future for myself. Advice? Encouragement? Anything? I can't be the only one who has been through this... : (. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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