toothbrush wrote:I like everyone in this thread that contributes so I'll ask the question here: (this is not for HLS)
When writing a LOCI -
How long should it be? I'm basically writing the loci to say 1) at this point i'm still interested and would accept off the WL and 2) I graduated with honors blah blah and am working developing x y z skills. Is 2-3 paragraphs acceptable?
Do you send the LOCI in the body of an email or as an attachment? If the latter, do you have to print, sign, scan and attach the LOCI? (I saw someone say they sign it..)
How do you address it? " To whom it may come" " Dear Dean X " ?
How do you close? "sincerely" "warm wishes" "best" "hope to hear from you soon"
Any overall thoughts?
Mine was about a page single spaced at size 11 Times. This included the addresses, salutations, etc. so the actual content was maybe 1/2 a page to 2/3 page. Mine was 4 paragraphs with this structure: 1) I'm still interested in H, and these are programs/clinics/etc I know I'm interested in particular; 2) I know I'll bring x, y, z to Harvard, 3) these are some (minor) updates, and 4) reiterate Harvard #1, say you'd accept off of the waitlist, and wrap things up briefly. I do think my letter probably ran on the long side of the spectrum.
I sent mine as a pdf attachment to an e-mail that basically said "please add this to my file", and I used a digital copy of my signature (ie a picture of my signature that I embedded into the word doc). I addressed it to JS since she sent out the WL email and interviewed me. Obviously, I have no idea if my letter worked, but I felt that it was pretty decent/professional.