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Who to use for LORs?

bunny

Who to use for LORs?
« on: July 10, 2006, 02:28:24 PM »
I am a non-trad & only had a few semesters left to finish my UG.  I have had most of my professors for only 1 class so I don't know them very well & the one who would be great is on a sabbatical in South America.  I have owned and operated my own business for the past 6 years so my work references are pretty limited too.  Here are my choices-what do you think?

1 History prof-just had this summer so still fresh in his mind. 
2 Academic advisor-probably knows my capabilities based on my grades better than anyone else and would write a fabulous letter.
3 Small business manager at my bank who is also my client-knows me well, has watched me grow my business over the years & is closest thing to professional rec I can get since I'm my own boss.
4 Attorney who is an alumni & very accomplished (has worked w/ UN & other major international organizations).  (Unfortunately he is also my uncle, but different last name so maybe not so obvious)

juliemccoy

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Re: Who to use for LORs?
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2006, 02:58:19 PM »
Ask a professor who can talk about what kind of student you are. The recent history prof is fine. You can also contact the prof on sabbatical. The other recs can come from previous/current employers.

Re: Who to use for LORs?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2006, 03:09:01 PM »
I would also think about considering other professors. People often tend to underestimate what their professors will remember. If you did well in a class where most of the other students were mediocre, or if you look a bit older because you're a non-trad, that may have made you stand out in the prof's mind. Some professors are just not as effusive as others so even if they think highly of your academic capabilities, you wouldn't know it unless you brought it up.

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Re: Who to use for LORs?
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2006, 06:16:23 PM »
Options 1, 2, and 3 are all OK by me (although I'd pick another professor over 2 and 3 if possible - you'd be surprised who will say yes if you ask).  Option 4 might be okay but ONLY for a targeted letter and even then, I'm just not a big fan of family LORs.