LOR From Big (Not Family) Donor???

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hendrix
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LOR From Big (Not Family) Donor???

Postby hendrix » Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:11 pm

Ann Levine says NO FAMILY FRIENDS NO MATTER WUT, and I certainly don't want to come across as a douche, but if it would help me, then I'll do it. Any thoughts/stories?

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Re: LOR From Big (Not Family) Donor???

Postby capitalacq » Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:40 pm

hendrix wrote:Ann Levine says NO FAMILY FRIENDS NO MATTER WUT, and I certainly don't want to come across as a douche, but if it would help me, then I'll do it. Any thoughts/stories?

have him make a call

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Re: LOR From Big (Not Family) Donor???

Postby hendrix » Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:51 pm

capitalacq wrote:
hendrix wrote:Ann Levine says NO FAMILY FRIENDS NO MATTER WUT, and I certainly don't want to come across as a douche, but if it would help me, then I'll do it. Any thoughts/stories?

have him make a call


To whom? He's actually a (great?)/grandson of the now dead person, so he doesn't have any points of contact.

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Re: LOR From Big (Not Family) Donor???

Postby JOThompson » Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:52 pm

This could backfire. I personally wouldn't do it.

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Re: LOR From Big (Not Family) Donor???

Postby birdlaw117 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:53 pm

hendrix wrote:
capitalacq wrote:
hendrix wrote:Ann Levine says NO FAMILY FRIENDS NO MATTER WUT, and I certainly don't want to come across as a douche, but if it would help me, then I'll do it. Any thoughts/stories?

have him make a call


To whom? He's actually a son/grandson of the person, so he doesn't have any points of contact.

Wait, so you think having the grandson of a big donor write you a LOR will help you out? Yeah, don't do it.

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Re: LOR From Big (Not Family) Donor???

Postby arism87 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:53 pm

hendrix wrote:
capitalacq wrote:
hendrix wrote:Ann Levine says NO FAMILY FRIENDS NO MATTER WUT, and I certainly don't want to come across as a douche, but if it would help me, then I'll do it. Any thoughts/stories?

have him make a call


To whom? He's actually a (great?)/grandson of the now dead person, so he doesn't have any points of contact.


Pass.

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Re: LOR From Big (Not Family) Donor???

Postby s0ph1e2007 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:56 pm

capitalacq wrote:
hendrix wrote:Ann Levine says NO FAMILY FRIENDS NO MATTER WUT, and I certainly don't want to come across as a douche, but if it would help me, then I'll do it. Any thoughts/stories?

have him make a call


Don't!
I have a friend whose Dad is on the board of the school and has his name on the business school wall, and she didn't get her dad to say anything to the school/his friends. Think it was a good call.
Do you really want to be that privileged jerk? There are only three people basically who make admissions decisions and unless your donor friend/father knows them, you'll just come off that way.

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Re: LOR From Big (Not Family) Donor???

Postby BeachedBrit » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:50 pm

Depends on the connection. For instance if it were Vanderbilt and this guy who could write you a LOR is a Vanderbilt then it makes sense otherwise probably not.

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Re: LOR From Big (Not Family) Donor???

Postby s0ph1e2007 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:53 pm

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Re: LOR From Big (Not Family) Donor???

Postby sundance95 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:55 pm

s0ph1e2007 wrote:
BeachedBrit wrote:Depends on the connection. For instance if it were Vanderbilt and this guy who could write you a LOR is a Vanderbilt then it makes sense otherwise probably not.


This sentence does not make sense, and is, thus, not helpful.


I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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Re: LOR From Big (Not Family) Donor???

Postby Shrimps » Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:00 pm

s0ph1e2007 wrote:
BeachedBrit wrote:Depends on the connection. For instance if it were Vanderbilt and this guy who could write you a LOR is a Vanderbilt then it makes sense otherwise probably not.


This sentence does not make sense, and is, thus, not helpful.


But it's still fun. Will Vanderbilt Law admissions people treat a letter from a Vanderbilt as a minus?

As for the thread starter, the problem is, if it's a person with no direct connection to the university (grandson of a late donor?) then it does come off a bit like over-privileged douchebaggery.

Add me to the list of people who think this could backfire. Unless they know you in a professional capacity. Have you ever worked with him? Can he present himself as your boss? Or he's purely a family friend with a great yachting story to tell to the adcoms?

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Re: LOR From Big (Not Family) Donor???

Postby hendrix » Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:16 am

What if this school is known for its reliance on donors?

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Re: LOR From Big (Not Family) Donor???

Postby Bildungsroman » Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:36 pm

hendrix wrote:
capitalacq wrote:
hendrix wrote:Ann Levine says NO FAMILY FRIENDS NO MATTER WUT, and I certainly don't want to come across as a douche, but if it would help me, then I'll do it. Any thoughts/stories?

have him make a call


To whom? He's actually a (great?)/grandson of the now dead person, so he doesn't have any points of contact.


Wait, are you asking whether you should have the (great?)grandson of a big donor write you a letter of recommendation?

I say yes, assuming that this LOR-writer is also a professor of yours who has had you for several classes and gave you good grades. Otherwise it sounds like it would be silly.




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