Guest Gnome Chomsky Posted May 31, 2013 Share Posted May 31, 2013 I hope my title wasn't too vague. Anyway, here's my situation: I'm a linguistics undergrad. I've been in undergrad for over 4 years and have completed all my linguistics requirements. So the past semester I've been exclusively taking math and computer science classes. I wanted to 1) challenge myself, and 2) give myself opportunities in fields such as computational linguistics. To be exact, I'll be getting a minor in computer science and applying to computational linguistics master's programs for Fall 2014. Now, I've never had a problem establishing relationships with my professors. And I'm definitely not a "kiss ass." I have 4-5 professors who have promised me very good letters of recommendation a year in advance. I'm definitely not worried about getting 3 letters of rec from linguistics professors. The problem is since I'll be applying to a somewhat interdisciplinary program (half the faculty is typically from computer science and the other half from linguistics) I was thinking I should provide a diversity of letters of rec. In other words, if a school requests 3 letters, I'd like 2 from linguistics and 1 from comp sci (or vice versa). The problem is I just started my first computer science class this summer (which is taught by a TA), and by the time I submit my application I would only have taken 2 computer science classes. I'm not going to get a letter from a TA. And I doubt that within a month or two of the Fall semester that I could establish such a great relationship with my professor (provided that he/she isn't another TA) that he/she would be willing to write me a high-quality letter. Once again, I've never had a problem establishing relationships with professors, but I've also never tried to force it in a fixed amount of time. I guess my question is should I sacrifice the quality of 1 of my 3 letters by getting the generic "This student received an A in my course" letter from a computer science professor? Or should I just go with 3 high-quality letters from linguistics professors? And if I do go with 3 linguistics professors, should I mention in my statement of purpose that I was aware of the fact that I didn't have letters from computer science professors but that I didn't want to sacrifice quality? I've always had a problem of being a little too real and honest. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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