How You Should Be Asking For a Letter of Recommendation

Posted by Nikita Saxena on 10/26/15 12:10 PM

 Asking the right people is crucial!

For many students looking to apply to medical school, asking for a letter of recommendation can feel pretty daunting, especially if you’re requesting it from people whom you may not have seen for a couple of years. And since you often don’t get to see your letters before submission, this is the part of your application that is least in your control. I remember wondering who the best people to write my letters were, especially coming from an engineering major with not too many ‘traditional’ pre-med biology courses. In this post, I’ll suggest some tips for navigating the recommendation letter process!

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Tags: admissions coaching, graduate admissions

Application Consulting: In Praise of Messy Drafts

Posted by Megan Formato on 12/8/14 9:00 AM

 
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Application Consulting: Unlocking the Grad School Personal Statement

Posted by Rebecca Kastleman on 9/24/14 10:39 AM

I often work with application consulting clients for graduate and professional school who report that they hate writing. “It’s like pulling teeth!” they tell me. “I can’t make myself sit down and work on my personal statement, and I don’t even know why it’s so hard.” If you’re one of the many applicants to graduate and professional school who finds writing your personal statement to be perplexingly difficult, you’re in good company. Many of the world’s most brilliant thinkers have invented their own tricks to manage the strenuous process of writing. Here’s Slavoj Žižek* on his personal method:

 

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Graduate School Application: I Don't Have a Job Yet! What Do I Do?

Posted by Karen Dawson on 7/25/14 11:46 AM

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Application Consulting: The Graduate School Countdown

Posted by Sophie Pauze on 12/2/13 12:40 PM

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The Writing Tutor: Should I Consider a Creative-Writing MFA?

Posted by Sam Ashworth on 11/15/13 8:01 AM

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Tags: graduate admissions, creative writing, expository writing

Application Consulting: Is Graduate School Right for Me?

Posted by Sophie Pauze on 11/8/13 12:09 PM

For the past year, I’ve been preparing myself to apply to business school. I’ve spent countless hours doing GMAT prep with a GMAT tutor (i.e. an enormous amount of math problems), and reflecting a lot about why I was even pursuing business school admissions.

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Career Advice: The Benefits of Networking

Posted by Sarah Woolsey on 10/21/13 9:41 AM

 

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Business School Admissions: Recommendations - the what and the who?

Posted by Sophie Pauze on 9/3/13 8:22 AM

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PhD Admissions: Faculty Recommendations

Posted by Enoch Lambert on 6/17/13 10:08 AM

In my last post I focused on the absolute importance of the writing sample for a Ph.D. application in philosophy and other humanities, as well as the need to begin developing strategies and skills for writing your best possible one early on. Today I would like to focus on the other crucial element in your graduate school application: the faculty recommendations.

Normally you will need letters from three of your professors. If you are applying to a philosophy program they should generally all be philosophy professors.  The same should usually apply to many other kinds of humanities graduate programs, though there may be some exceptions (e.g., in some situations a letter from a professor in a closely related field that you plan to continue relating your work to may attest to your abilities in that field).

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Tags: graduate admissions