Requested LOR via email. No response. Bad sign?

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Requested LOR via email. No response. Bad sign?

Postby Youppi! » Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:42 am

I (politely) requested a LOR from an old professor via email (two weeks ago) and haven't gotten a response. He's a busy guy, granted, but I'm worried. Is it alright to reach out again and make contact? It isn't like I'm a stranger to him, so it's possible my letter just got lost in the shuffle. I also don't want to pester.

What's the best thing to do now?

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Re: Requested LOR via email. No response. Bad sign?

Postby dnptan » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:02 pm

Office hours, or give him a call.

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Re: Requested LOR via email. No response. Bad sign?

Postby Nonconsecutive » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:07 pm

This happened to me, I went to office hours, worked like a charm.

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Re: Requested LOR via email. No response. Bad sign?

Postby bp shinners » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:21 pm

Yea, you should always ask for a LoR in person, if possible.

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Re: Requested LOR via email. No response. Bad sign?

Postby hephaestus » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:23 pm

Visit his office and ask about it. Don't keep doing it by email.

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Re: Requested LOR via email. No response. Bad sign?

Postby Youppi! » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:55 pm

dnptan wrote:Office hours, or give him a call.

bp shinners wrote:Yea, you should always ask for a LoR in person, if possible.

ImNoScar wrote:Visit his office and ask about it. Don't keep doing it by email.


I wouldn't do it by email if I were still in school, in town, and in his classes.

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Re: Requested LOR via email. No response. Bad sign?

Postby hephaestus » Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:00 pm

Try calling then? I think email may feel impersonal and you may not get a response.

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Re: Requested LOR via email. No response. Bad sign?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:13 pm

I don't think the guy's blowing off your email because it's not personal enough, but it is really easy for email to fall through the cracks. So I'd try a phone call as well.

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Re: Requested LOR via email. No response. Bad sign?

Postby vicpin5190 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:22 pm

I requested my LOR from a professor on Friday but haven't heard back yet. I don't go to school any more so I can't do OH's, so if after a week and a half or 2 and no response I may shoot him a call. Kicking myself in the butt for not applying during undergrad :'/

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Re: Requested LOR via email. No response. Bad sign?

Postby Youppi! » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:47 pm

A. Nony Mouse wrote:I don't think the guy's blowing off your email because it's not personal enough, but it is really easy for email to fall through the cracks. So I'd try a phone call as well.


This or I may try his personal email, which we used before.




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