LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

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LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby honestabe84 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:42 pm

I was really hoping my writers would have emailed me the LOR they sent, but they didn't. Is this a bad sign? The last thing I need in my application package is a lukewarm recommendation.

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Re: LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby bk1 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:43 pm

If you waived your right to see it they will not send it to you...

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Re: LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby im_blue » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:43 pm

LOR writers don't routinely send you copies of their letters, especially if you waived your right to access.

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Re: LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby honestabe84 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:46 pm

Yes, I waived my the right to see it; however, it seems like the vast majority of people on here did so also, but were still sent a copy.

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Re: LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby honestabe84 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:47 pm

im_blue wrote:LOR writers don't routinely send you copies of their letters, especially if you waived your right to access.


I hope you're right. I've always gotten the impression that it was very common (maybe typical).

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Re: LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby bk1 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:55 pm

I don't understand what gave you that impression, but nothing I've seen on TLS, from people I know, or personal experience points to that.

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Re: LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby newyorker88 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:57 pm

I don't get why you expected to get a copy from them? Are you unfamiliar with the process?

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Re: LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby kaydish21 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:59 pm

Agreed with the above poster, it isn't a big deal at all.

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Re: LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby im_blue » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:59 pm

Whatever you do, don't ask your LOR writer for a copy! Others on TLS have tried and gotten chewed out due to perceived lack of trust.

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Re: LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby honestabe84 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:00 am

bk1 wrote:I don't understand what gave you that impression, but nothing I've seen on TLS, from people I know, or personal experience points to that.


Well people on here and on LSN are always talking about how their recommenders wrote about them in glowing terms. Other times they'll say that their recommenders gave them their LOR to look over to see what they think.

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Re: LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby Dany » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:00 am

I've had to get countless letters of recommendation over the years for various awards/programs, and have only seen a copy of a letter once. I think it's pretty uncommon for professors or employers to do so...

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Re: LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby honestabe84 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:01 am

newyorker88 wrote:I don't get why you expected to get a copy from them? Are you unfamiliar with the process?


No, when I first began the process, I hadn't expected to get a copy, but after I head that many people were, I started to think that I might be in the minority.

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Re: LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby honestabe84 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:02 am

eskimo wrote:I've had to get countless letters of recommendation over the years for various awards/programs, and have only seen a copy of a letter once. I think it's pretty uncommon for professors or employers to do so...


Ok, good. I was just checking.

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Re: LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby bk1 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:03 am

honestabe84 wrote:Well people on here and on LSN are always talking about how their recommenders wrote about them in glowing terms. Other times they'll say that their recommenders gave them their LOR to look over to see what they think.


These are probably people who either a) did not waive their right (unlikely), or b) are assuming their LOR was glowing due to the way they felt their recommender perceives them (more likely).

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Re: LOR Writers never offered me a copy = Bad Sign?

Postby Dany » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:09 am

bk1 wrote:
honestabe84 wrote:Well people on here and on LSN are always talking about how their recommenders wrote about them in glowing terms. Other times they'll say that their recommenders gave them their LOR to look over to see what they think.


These are probably people who either a) did not waive their right (unlikely), or b) are assuming their LOR was glowing due to the way they felt their recommender perceives them (more likely).

This. I'd wager that a lot of the people on TLS are overachievers who know how to impress professors, but more importantly, are well-informed enough to choose their LOR writers wisely and thus know what was written (even without having read the letter.) I don't expect to see copies of any of my letters, but I still know exactly what they'll say.




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