Not using any academic LORs...

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Not using any academic LORs...

Post by wingedwolf » Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:52 am

I have transferred five times and have not gotten close to any professors, I was thinking of forgoing the academic LOR route in favor of people who can actually write about me. How much will this be frowned upon? Has anyone else done this?

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Re: Not using any academic LORs...

Post by vanwinkle » Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:52 am

How many years have you been out of school?

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Re: Not using any academic LORs...

Post by rinkrat19 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:56 am

Not a good idea unless you've been out of school for a while. Like 3 years, minimum.


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Re: Not using any academic LORs...

Post by BigZuck » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:28 am

In b4 OP suggests going to a crappy school with the intention of transferring up.

But seriously, you can't get even a TA to write you a letter?


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Re: Not using any academic LORs...

Post by vinnnyvincenzo » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:56 am

I wasnt necessarily close with any of my teachers, they knew of me and knew I was a genius and did well in their courses but didnt know what a wonderful person I was and am. I would assume you must have had at least a couple teachers who remember you and if you did good work can at least write about you getting a good grade or showing promise through a presentation or paper you did. Then compliment those, perhaps, vague references with 1 or 2 outside academic LOR's from people who know you well and can back up whatever story you want to present to admissions people.


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Re: Not using any academic LORs...

Post by noobishned » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:37 am

Kind of trailing on Op's post with a different variant of this question: Do you think it is OK if you use a letter from a previous boss and a letter from a professor? (I'm K-JD).

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