School-Specific Rec Letter?

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glaw01
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School-Specific Rec Letter?

Postby glaw01 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:28 pm

A retired army general who knows me quite well is writing one of my recommendation letters - if he is willing to write school-specific letters to my top 4 or 5 choices, should I ask him to do so? Obviously he would just tweak the original letter to include school-specific material and references, but I'm not sure how much impact this will have.

Thanks!

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rinkrat19
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Re: School-Specific Rec Letter?

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:30 pm

I don't think it's worth making him to go to that much trouble. Unles HE actually knows something specific about the school (like he's an alum), he's just going to be regurgitating something you give him. Better to let him write about YOU in his words.

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Samara
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Re: School-Specific Rec Letter?

Postby Samara » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:31 pm

It will have zero impact. Worth doing if the recommender is an alum, otherwise don't put the recommender through the trouble.




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