Jan 19, 2007, 10:43 PM
Post #72 of 333
Re: [Glinda Bamboo] silly LOR mistakes
By the way, I thought I'd share that one of my recommenders spelled my name wrong. He let me read the letter, even though I didn't ask. I'd actually rather not see these recommendation letters...they kind of embarrass me.
It was a very positive and specific recommendation, but he spelled my name wrong the entire way through. I don't understand why. My name appeared about a million times on all the materials I sent him. (He used a common misspelling by adding an extra letter. But still. That's not my last name.) I didn't say anything to him because he was marvelously efficient throughout this process, and I didn't want to either ask him redo it or make him feel horrible. I figure it's not a big deal, though I guess this makes it seem like he doesn't really know me. I think the content of the letter, however, has enough specific info that it shouldn't matter.
I hope I get in this year. I'd hate to have to ask some of these same recommenders to do the whole thing for me again.
I had one do that! Not only did she misspell my name, but there were numerous errors throughout and it was a horrid letter. I sent an e-mail apologizing for not realizing how incredibly busy she must be, and attached a letter I wrote that she could modify. She did, then left them for her secretary. I got there as her secretary was tearing apart the old letters, to find out she had put the wrong letters with all the forms (such as, she put the alabama, virginia, and Indiana waiver in with a Cornell rec letter) and it was a huge mess. I was SOOO glad I caught it. I figured it would have made us both look bad. She was slightly put off, but in the end - I just won't ask her again next year. I found it kind of suspect, as she tends to mention how hard my position is to fill (adult high level ESL basically, even though it's supposed to be a different typ of english course) and I've been there a couple years.