Aug 30, 2009, 11:38 AM
Post #231 of 333
Hi, I have an odd question to ask about recommendations. When I applied for the M.A., I had trouble finding professors to give me recommendations, since most of them had either left the school or didn't know me well enough to write a quality recommendation. For the M.F.A., I'm going a different route. Two recommendations are from talented writers/teachers with advanced degrees, who know my work. The third recommendation is my problem. I teach at a Catholic school right now, and I wanted a recommendation from an ex-teacher there, but he's a brother (as in Sistercian monk :) ). He's incredibly intelligent and educated with a degree from UCLA, he's fluent in five languages, and he has read some of my critical work and can attest to my "intellectual capabilities". He's also non-judgmental, tolerant, etc... My questions is: would an admissions officer see that one of my recommendations is from a monk and think that I'm some kind of religious nut? I actually consider myself a cultural Catholic deist and I don't want any "left-leaning" people in academia to think that I'm some kind of uber religious, pushy conservative zealot who will try to convert them. I can't think of anyone else that knows my writing/critical work aside from a professor in college that gave me a recommendation when I applied for the M.A. But I don't feel comfortable asking him to fill out 13 recommendations, and I don't think he'd be supportive of my getting an art's degree (he's a philosophy man).
Re: [bighark] Recommendations and reference letters
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Sorry for the long-winded question...