Given that one has already violated all the suggestions for getting Letters of Recommendation, how does he recover? I want to apply this fall, which is racing up fast, and I haven't even made the first move. I graduated from college without speaking to a single professor, and there are none who would even know who I am (a sad result of never going to class except for tests). Would it be considered reasonable etiquette to ask a stranger (just based on the grade I got, I guess)? My major doesn't have any essays or documentary evidence of the quality of my work. Some say to send in a PS and resume, but I haven't written the first, and the second would be completely empty. Can I ask them now, during the summer, or is this a sacrosanct time during which they expect to be able to avoid students? Some caution against asking by e-mail, but as I am no longer at the school, I have little choice, it seems. I am not expecting a rave, so should I make it clear to them that I will take anything that isn't positively insulting, just to fulfill the requirement, or is it better to try to bluff?