« on: October 21, 2004, 06:02:43 PM »
I asked a well-known professor at my university (with whom I've had two courses) to write a letter of recommendation (to be submitted in a few weeks). She agreed to write it, but wrote me the following:
"Believe me, they won't be doing much in December if the deadline is March...
I'd suggest that there's no rush, and it would be better to wait until early next semester to send the letter... Trust me. I've done this many times before. I would never do anything to jeopardize your chances."
What?!? This cannot possibly be correct, can it? Everywhere I've read, it is recommened to send in your application as early as possible. Is my recommender simply being lazy, or is this the truth? (Which I cannot comprehend, as most schools use a rolling deadline) How should I respond to this? How many letters should I include with my application (especially when they're recommended and not required)?