« on: July 13, 2006, 11:16:14 AM »
I think i'm going to have a tough time getting solid recommendations, simply because I don't really know any profs. Most of my classes have been large and I tend not to ask many questions or go to office hours. The only instructors who even know my name have been TAs or other PHD students. While my grades are good, i'm sure that just showing a prof my transcript and maybe an essay or two wouldn't yield a very good letter.
My question is this: how do I go about getting to know my professors and convincing them that i'm worthy of a strong, detailed rec? I'm only going into my third year in september, so I still have time. I guess I could start by trying to make the odd intelligent comment in class, but how do I really make myself stand out? How do you guys get to know your professors (or, rather, ensure that they know you)? Do you go to office hours, and if so, what do you ask? I'm a good enough student not to need extra help, but I don't think I know enough about any given subject to have some kind of high level discussion that might facinate my profs.
I really hate this convince-my-prof-that-i'm-smart game, but I guess I don't have much of a choice. Any ideas?