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LOR from Graduate Student (TA)

LOR from Graduate Student (TA)
« on: October 10, 2008, 06:45:49 AM »
Would it be appropriate for me to ask my Spanish Professor (who is actually a Graduate Student) to write me a letter of reccomendation. I have taken her for two classes and she knows me very well along with my academic performance. I already have 2 letters from Professors, but since some schools I am applying to require 3 would her letter be appropriate? Keep it mind, they are lower division courses (Spanish 1 and 2) I recieved an A in spanish 1 and am currently taking Spanish 2 and have gotten A's on everything so far.

Re: LOR from Graduate Student (TA)
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2008, 06:48:25 AM »
It's about quality. If she can write you a great LOR, then go for it.

Re: LOR from Graduate Student (TA)
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2008, 06:50:34 AM »
So even though she is not a Professor but a Graduate Student that is still ok?

Re: LOR from Graduate Student (TA)
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2008, 06:51:17 AM »
Yup that's fine!

Re: LOR from Graduate Student (TA)
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2008, 06:51:37 AM »
And the fact that it is a Spanish class and not a course in my Major (polisci) or a law related course. Would that reflect negativly upon me?

Re: LOR from Graduate Student (TA)
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2008, 06:52:24 AM »
No it doesn't matter, as long as they can speak about your academic ability

Re: LOR from Graduate Student (TA)
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2008, 05:54:12 PM »
Another point to consider, though, is how much experience, if any, this person has had writing LORs. I was considering asking an associate poli-sci prof for a letter, and it was suggested to me that oftentimes younger/newer individuals simply aren't aware of the particular tenor that is appropriate for a LOR. Not that such an individual wouldn't or couldn't write a great letter, and if this professor knows you well it seems an excellent choice--but you might want to be more forthcoming about exactly what sorts of things should be addressed.