biyutefulphlower Posted November 10, 2016 Share Posted November 10, 2016 (edited) Hi Everyone, I'd like some opinions on letter of recommendation trouble I'm having. (Asking here so I can get a humanities/English Lit perspective.) I've done a little digging around the forums, but still thought starting a new thread could be helpful. For some quick context, I was originally planning to apply to PhD programs last year, but for a myriad of reasons decided to postpone to 2016. I reached out to 3 letter writers last year, all of which responded to me at least once. Two had agreed to write letters, but did encourage my decision to wait on applying. The third, let's call him Prof. 3, sent along a series of requirements needed before he could agree to write a letter, but then never responded to my follow up question about meeting on campus. Fast forward to now - I reached out to the same three professors again. Two have responded enthusiastically/agreed to write strong letters and Prof. 3 has, well, not responded. I reached out to him during the last week of October for applications due the 1st full week of December (similar to last year) and sent a follow up on Nov. 6th. With two unanswered e-mails, do I keep bumping Prof. 3 for a letter? I live in a different state from where I got my MA, so while I can get to the college for a face-to-face visit, it'd be a 30-1hr drive depending on traffic. His office hours are all during the morning/afternoon (I work full time) and, since I've been out of school for a few years, it may a bit strange for me to show up unannounced. Should I just call (which also feels a little strange)? How many follow-ups should I send before giving up? What do I even say at this point? :/ If I can't get a hold of Prof. 3, how much would my application be hurt by getting a non-academic recommendation? The other professors I would even think of contacting have both retired and I don't have their contact information. Plus, I'm pretty sure my old boss would be more than happy to write a letter for me. Any thoughts...? Edited November 10, 2016 by biyutefulphlower Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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