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hamholio


Dec 24, 2006, 4:35 PM

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bighark


Dec 24, 2006, 5:18 PM

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Re: [hamholio] Recommendations and reference letters [In reply to] Can't Post

Don't sweat the seal.

Send the unsigned letter along with the others.


sibyline


Dec 24, 2006, 7:33 PM

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contact your recommender and let him or her know that you're signing the letter. if the school checks, then your recommender can explain what happened. i wouldn't send it unsigned.... they may not take it.


__________



Jan 3, 2007, 2:48 PM

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Let's say you've maybe decided to apply by the end of January, instead of in the spring.

WTF do you about recommenders? Huh? Ah! Ah!


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mares


Jan 15, 2007, 3:08 PM

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Re: [Junior Maas] Recommendations and reference letters [In reply to] Can't Post

i just found out that one of my rec letters got to a school TWO WEEKS after the deadline. this freaks me out. when i get rejection letters, i want to know it's on the basis of my writing, not due to something i couldn't control.

So, what do you guys think? Are late rec letters a deal breaker?


i don't think i've properly introduced myself on the board, yet! Sorry! I'm applying for poetry to:

Hollins
UWisconsin
Cornell
Michener
FSU
UF
UVA
Bowling Green
Ohio State
Notre Dame
Western Michigan
Southern Illinois


...and i'm nearly finished with the apps, finally.


bighark


Jan 15, 2007, 3:28 PM

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Hi Mares, welcome to the board.

Late arriving LORs, GREs, and transcripts are pretty common. Because you don't really have any control over these items, most programs will cut you some slack.

You could call the program and ask if you're ok, but I think you'll be fine. As long as your writing sample and application fee arrived on time, you should be in the clear.

Good luck!


Arkinese


Jan 18, 2007, 2:34 AM

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Hey, thanks bighark. That's what I thought and that's good to hear someone else echoing that. One of my former profs flaked on me and I literally cannot get in touch with her. She's just disappeared. So I'll probably end up getting someone else to write a rec letter for the schools that need three (like all of them) and then begging the schools to take pity on me. I just want to be done and I was so close until this happened!


ecphraticknolls


Jan 18, 2007, 7:07 AM

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The same thing happened to me, actually… well, not exactly the same. One of my recommendations (I think) forgot about writing the recs, or at least forgot about the deadlines. I think that he started writing it on the 9th, and they didn’t go out until Tues. or Wed. of this week. I e-mailed most of the schools I thought might have a problem with it, and most have contacted me saying that it would be fine as long as it got there by the end of the month.

I haven’t heard back from Michigan, though… and it was the school that I was primarily worried about. (There website is all like “MAKE SURE ALLLLLL MATERIALS ARE HERE BY THE DEADLINE!!!!!!!!!!”) pfft.

I suppose I’ll just find a couple more schools to apply to, just to keep the number of my applications a secure-feeling number.

(This post was edited by ecphraticknolls on Jan 18, 2007, 7:10 AM)


lucasbuffalo


Jan 19, 2007, 11:11 AM

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Has anyone else received an e-mail from Judy at the U. of Washington asking for materials? She claims she hasn't received my GRE scores (which I took in October) and a rec. letter that was going to be sent directly by a prof. She also says my creative personal statement is missing, which I'm positive I wouldn't have allowed to happen. I have to say, from the outdated website (which neglects to mention a huge endownment they just got) to this, they don't seem all that organized.


Glinda Bamboo


Jan 19, 2007, 11:32 AM

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Wow, lucas, that's a lot for them to be missing. I hope it's straightened out for you ASAP.

I got an email yesterday from Kathy at WUSTL telling me my application materials were all there. When I first glanced at the email, though, I thought was a super fast rejection. It said my application was "complete" and she wished me the best as I search for the best program.

Anyway, it's good they give you the chance to straighten everything out (whether it's their disorganization or what have you) instead of deciding your app is incomplete and discarding it.


Glinda Bamboo


Jan 19, 2007, 11:41 AM

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Dude, sorry. We're totally talking about different schools. I just saw the Washington and immediately thought of WUSTL, especially since I just got an email from them. I'm sure anyone affiliated with a school with "Washington" in its name gets annoyed by those mistakes.

Next time, I'll try to read every word in a subject line instead of picking just one favorite. :)


ecphraticknolls


Jan 19, 2007, 11:42 AM

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Yeah, I got one from Judy as well. It said I was missing the rec. letter that hadn’t been sent out yet. Well, it should get there soon.

After I inquired with Iowa, they also said that ALL of my rec. letters were missing. But, they also said that they had a huge mail pile to deal with… so I’m hoping that they are in there somewhere. I hope!?!


Glinda Bamboo


Jan 19, 2007, 11:44 AM

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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.


ecphraticknolls


Jan 19, 2007, 11:46 AM

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Hah, I actually applied to both… and I was somewhat worried about getting the application materials for the each of them mixed up. I ended up compartmentalizing the application efforts into time-slots (doing one a day or whatever), so there was no way for me to shuffle the various masses of papers together.


muttonfish


Jan 19, 2007, 12:04 PM

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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.


That part cracked me up. It's funny, I work with this attorney that always adds an "e" to the end of my name in e-mails, and my name is a fairly common one at that. But like you, I dont want to make her "feel horrible." Seriously though, everytime I sign a reply e-mail back to her, amazingly, no "e."


LateApplicant


Jan 19, 2007, 12:37 PM

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I wouldn't worry about a misspelling or a rec. letter that arrives late or something like that. If you read threads from previous years, you'll see that this has happened before, and it didn't prevent people from getting accepted.

Ecphratick: don't worry about Michigan. In some other thread (this year's) someone said she got all her application materials late, including those for Michigan. And not only was her appl. considered, she was waitlisted. Of course, if you send them everything around March, you're toast, but a few days won't matter, provided you've paid the app. fee on time. (My guess is that if you pay on time, they are kind of morally obligated to go over your stuff :)).

Glinda: Well, come on, it's easy to add an extra "o" to "Bamboo" :) No, serious: they won't care about your misspelled name. Again, I've heard this same thing happening before.


ecphraticknolls


Jan 19, 2007, 1:03 PM

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Thanks, good to know. Well, I ended up putting together an application for a lower-tier school that I was considering applying to anyway, and since it is already done, I might as well send it off. I also forgot to send off the rec. form to Notre Dame… So I have to send that to my recs anyway—making it no big deal to request one more letter.


jargreen

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Jan 19, 2007, 3:03 PM

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I had my profs send their letters off 2-3 weeks before I completed the online applications, where I learned several of my schools had a recommendation form, which they will not be receiving, and that's okay with me, because I'm done with this madness, at least until next year, unless I get in somewhere, which is beginning to look like a long shot, but I could be wrong about that, only time will tell.


binthepoint


Jan 19, 2007, 3:03 PM

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Hey Kids,

Question for ya...

Anyone out there applying to Oregon? Have any luck getting in touch with them recently? Is your application status stuff all up to date?

It says I'm missing two recs (which were sent' separately) and I haven't been able to get word from anyone (phone or e-mail) about how much I should be worrying right now/whether my professors need to resend recs.

Thanks!



(This post was edited by binthepoint on Jan 19, 2007, 3:13 PM)


Markers54


Jan 19, 2007, 4:07 PM

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hamholio


Jan 19, 2007, 7:31 PM

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I also had the worst time looking for the U. Iowa form -- when I found it, long after all my recommendations were returned to me, I sent it out to the three of them with SASEs and paperclipped them to the sealed envelopes.

Two of my recommenders did not use letterhead -- one is an adjunct professor at the U. Iowa, I thought he would have known better! The other isn't in a professional teaching position, so I mostly expected it from him. It'll be something good to blame getting rejected on. ;-)


v1ctorya


Jan 19, 2007, 10:43 PM

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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.


mares


Jan 21, 2007, 2:57 PM

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jargreen, i did the same thing with at least 3 applications. i put off doing the actual online apps until the last minute. then of course I got there and found new requirements that it was too late to do anything about...such as rec forms.

But i feel the same way. Just breathing a sigh of relief that the bulk of my apps are done.


Arkinese


Jan 22, 2007, 10:06 AM

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That was what I did too. Talked to my profs in October about rec letters, gave them all the information I thought they needed, and then in late November, I had to keep emailing them: "I'm sending another form for blah-blah school because I didn't realize they had a recommendation form..." I wish I was still at my undergrad school and not 300 miles away because then I wouldn't have had to mail all that stuff!

My favorite was Notre Dame where the form consisted of my name, my signature, the date, the recommender's name, their signature and the date. But it had to be IN INK and the committee would kill me where I stood if they didn't have this form with my recommendation letters. So I had to mail them a form to literally sign and date and mail back.

I really, really, really, really wish schools would just make it very simple to find the application checklist and have the links to the rec forms, cover sheets, etc. right there in the list. I don't care if they have anything else on their website. I just want The List with the forms.


hamholio


Jan 22, 2007, 11:38 AM

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ND also wanted two copies of the letters, which I didn't realize until long after my recs. had sent them out -- I never did anything about it. My application will be stuck because they only got one copy of each of my LORs. :-D

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