Applying to grad school, not sure who to ask for the recommendation.
October 9, 2013 9:23 AM Subscribe
I am currently in the process of applying to grad school. I was counting on my former advisor (who wrote a glowing letter of support for me when applying for my previous job) to write me one, but am not getting a response. I would like suggestions on what to do/what other types of people qualify to write a graduate school recommendation.
posted by Kamelot123 to education (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I sent an email a few weeks back with no reply. I will try sending another, but she was already in her 70's back when I was her student so I am fearing the worst. I know she retired to another country and doesn't work at my alma mater anymore.
I have no other teachers that I am particularly close to, and am thus unsure of who I should ask. What types of people are considered fair game for grad school recommendations? I have some coworkers that would gladly help me out, but from what I have been told professors/advisors are the way to go.
Should I keep searching my list of current contacts, and ask someone I don't know well (plus have not talked to for over five years)? Or are there feasible ways (volunteering, tutoring, etc) to procure one from someone new in a relatively short timespan (3,4-ish months)? If I were to, say, volunteer - would a volunteer supervisor have the same impact a recommendation from a teacher/advisor would have?
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