Letters of Rec part Deux
November 16, 2012 12:30 PM Subscribe
I asked a professor for a letter of recommendation a year ago, but my plans changed and I didn't use it to apply for anything. I'd like to ask her for another one this year, and I would appreciate some advice on how to approach her about it.
posted by TungstenChef to education (8 answers total)
Last year I was planning on applying to medical school, and asked a professor for a letter of rec. It was a difficult class (anatomy and physiology) and they needed all the help they could get, so she had a policy that she would only write letters of rec for students who got two semesters of A's and then spent a third semester as a voluntary assistant TA.
I requested and received the letter, however shortly afterwards, I came to my senses and realized that the life of a doctor was going to make me miserable. Instead, I spent another year in undergrad and am now blissfully happy applying to grad programs in archaeology.
I think this professor could write me a strong letter, but I'd like some advice on how to approach the situation. From previous AskMe's, I see that professors get annoyed when they write letters of rec and don't hear back from the students about how things turned out. I can understand that, I regret not sending her an update after my plans changed.
I realize that I'm probably overthinking the hell out of this, I suspect that being a pre-med for 2 years conditioned me to beanplate every single minute detail about "getting in." I could really use some advice about how to ask her for this second letter though, I can't seem to get over this frustrating mental block I've created for myself.