How do you formally thank your LOR writers? Is it ok to give them a Starbucks gift card? Or just a thank you card? I've heard giving gifts seem like a bribe, but I don't know how to thank them for their time.
A nice thank you note should do. There's no need to get your professors/supervisors gifts.How do you formally thank your LOR writers? Is it ok to give them a Starbucks gift card? Or just a thank you card? I've heard giving gifts seem like a bribe, but I don't know how to thank them for their time.
Half of my LOR writers gave me nice autographed copies of my thesis...covered in red pen.A nice, hand written thank you note is enough. Keeping in touch with them says a lot more about your appreciation for them than any cheap gift would. Personally, I'm sending my letter writers an autographed copy of my thesis. I've also kept up with these people since finishing undergrad a few years ago too.
If you are close enough to your letter writers, a verbal thank you and maybe a small gift card works. That is what I did for my writers. . .if you are not so close, a handwritten thank you card would work (just like you would after your interviews). If you do nothing else, just get accepted and let them know. . .it makes them very very very happy!
I would take your chances and just let them be surprisedI sent my professors a hand written thank you note telling them that I was accepted and to thank them for tolerating me . However, I had to mail it to their school's mailbox. Should I let them know that I mailed it to them so they will be expecting it or will that kill the surprise of letting them know I got in?
I'd keep in touch with them. I also brought them nice beer unavailable in North Carolina when I visited.