Going to Grad School: Letters of Reccomendation


Today comes the Letters of Recommendation. This was one of the most nerve wracking parts for me because I am not an extrovert to say the least. In class, I wouldn't raise my hand to ask questions, if I had a question I would usually just wait until I could get one on one with the professor. I wasn't 100% sure if I even had three different professors that I could ask for letters of recommendation, truth be told. Luckily for me, I did and they all said yes.

Personally, I asked all of my professors for a letter of recommendation through email because I am currently living in Florida but went to college in Louisiana. I would say that if you have the option of asking in person, do it. My biggest fear is that they would say no, but in all honestly professors want you to thrive, so if they know you and you've been a pretty good student then the chances are that they will write a letter for you and they'll be happy to do so.

Usually, graduate schools advise you to get professors who are in your field to write letters of recommendation for you. However, if you don't have enough professors in that specific field, than you can reach out. Although I am applying for a history graduate program, I have one history professor and two Italian professors writing my letters of recommendation. It is important that you ask professors that you have a history with - a professor who you only took one class with will not know you as well as the professor who you did an internship under. 

All in all, it can be a pretty uncomfortable and terrifying experience to ask for a letter of recommendation, but you have to remember that the worst thing that they can say is no. 


If you’re interested in graduate school and are unsure where to start, I’ve done a couple of posts describing my experience with the application and the process. You can check out these posts if you are thinking about if you want to go to graduate school, need to know how to find a graduate school once you decide to apply to graduate school, how I wrote my resume for grad school  want to know what the application looks like, or about the GRE.
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