SirWilliam1022 wrote:Honestly even though you are not supposed to see it I would suggest getting a glance unless you are absolutely certain. I had somebody I trusted pretty well that I had done extensive work with do a LOR for me for a White House Internship and she form lettered it. Sort of made me sick when I saw it. Fortunately, I did see the other two letters and they were beyond phenomenal. If you got into the schools that were your target, or better yet, your reach schools then go give you recommenders a hug and buy them chocolates... they so very well could have been the difference.
Actually, this is true. I got a huge scholarship to a school I applied to (full tuition plus stipend at a top-20ish school) and the letter for the scholly mentioned my strong letters of recommendation specifically, and pretty much nothing else of specifics about my application. I immediately sent them all handmade cards detailing all the reasons I am thankful and I'm eternally grateful.