When you are trying to decide who to ask for recommendations, kep these criteria in mind. The people you ask should:
A tall order? Yes. It's likely that no one person you choose will meet all of these criteria, but try to find people who come close to this ideal.
- have a high opinion of you
- know you well, preferably in more than one context
- be familiar with your field (It won't do you much good to have a glowing letter of recommendation from your manager at the insurance company if you are applying to a program in history or social work.)
- be familiar with the program to which you are appling
- have taight a large number of students (or have managed a large number of employees) so they have a good basis upon which to compare you (favorably!) to your peers
- be recognized by the admissions committe as someone whose opinion can be trusted
- have good writing skills
- be reliable enough to write and mail the letter on time
Um, so that gives me, um, my composition teacher from Mills and ummm... maybe some other mills music faculty whom i have not talked to in five years. Maybe I coudl get some generic statements from old bosses about how i was hard worker... except that i was mostly lazy... um...
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Feel like you could write a letter of recommendation? Do you meet the above requirements, or at least some/most of them? Then, for the love of god, drop me a line, since I have no idea where or who you might be (that's just a joke! of course I was thinking of you! How have you been! Great hearing from you! heh heh help.)