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Possible recommendation letter problem

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by Road2PhD, Aug 9, 2009.

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  1. Road2PhD

    Road2PhD

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    When I graduated from college in May 2007 I was pretty sure that I would continue onto grad school and had 2 professors agree to write me letters of recommendation. One of them was someone whose psych lab I worked in, and the other was my adviser in a non-psych major (but he know me really well). I can't really ask any other psych professors because the department had a really high turnover rate while I was there. I had THREE major advisors, and most of the people I took classes with aren't there anymore. Fortunately, I can definitely get 1, possibly 2 letters from my current research job.

    I originally thought that I was going to be applying to grad school last year. I ended up not doing this because I wanted more time to work on research projects and take some night classes. It was a good idea because I feel so much more prepared and motivated now. I emailed the profs last year and let them know the situation. Here's the problem: I wrote both of them again this morning to update them and ask if they were still able to write letters since now I am certain that I will be applying. I got an automated out of office reply from 1 of them saying that she's on leave until January 2010. I'm pretty sure she's on maternity leave. I don't want to go into full panic mode yet-- maybe she'll still get in touch and be able to write the letter-- but there really isn't anyone from my undergrad psych program who could write a good letter, which is why I approached her so early on in the process. Would it be appropriate to get in touch with the department secretary in a month if I don't hear anything? I definitely don't want to hound her but I'm going to need to get a back-up plan in place in case I lose this letter. :scared:
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    that's odd... i'm sure she would still check her email, lol! she's not going to check her email until Jan 2010?

    Well I can you can always try to leave a voice message on her office phone or if need be find out her personal info from the secretary. that's weird though...
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    Yeah, I know a lot of professors who have been on maternity leave or what have you but still checked their email.
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    I'd give it a few weeks and if you haven't heard anything by early September, I think it's fine to call the program secretary, explain the situation, and ask if there's an alternate way of contacting the prof.
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    Thanks. Who knows, maybe she'll write me back in a few days. If not, I'll wait until I have a chance to contact the dept. secretary. I'm sure she'll check her email at some point in the next five months. But selfish as it may sound, I really hope that she'll still be able to put together a letter before the beginning of December!
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    Not selfish at all! Good luck.
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    Okay, crisis averted-- she had her baby! She won't be able to write the letter for another month or two but said she would do it. Phew!

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