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LOR etiquette in special circumstances...

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by specialflava, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. specialflava

    specialflava Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2006
    If two of the professors I'm planning on asking for LOR's aren't teaching this semester, and thus have no scheduled office hours I can drop by in, what's the proper etiquette for asking them about the letters? I've heard about asking in person as the way to go, but I don't know how to go about doing that given the circumstances. The way I see it I could:

    a) send each an e-mail asking to meet with them, without really specifying why (which would seem to me the more proper etiquette, but might be a bit weird if I don't really tell them why I want to meet).

    b) send each an e-mail asking about the LOR directly, and asking to meet with them in person about it

    note: I go to a big public university, so I don't have the type of super personal relationships that might be the norm at a private university, so this might be a factor in the way I approach the situation.

    Anyone with more experience here have any idea which option is more appropriate here? If you have any completely different strategies I'd also appreciate your input there. Anyways, thanks a bunch for the help in advance!
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  3. diggitybop

    diggitybop 2+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    i wouldn't beat around the bush. semd an email to them. if you know them better then be more personal in that email. but either way indicate what you have been up to, that you want to go to med school for so and so reason, and that you were hoping to meet with them to discuss and ask for a letter. attach your CV to the email, and possibly even your personal statement. this way that person can make as good a judgment as possible without really knowing you. that professor should then be straightforward and let you know if he/she will write the letter, or would be willing to talk further.
  4. FemalesCANTDriv

    FemalesCANTDriv LMAO 5+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    Where I go to school
    The other day on my google page there was this How To for letters of rec. Do a search on google and maybe you will find it. I never read it but I imagine it is useful since google is useful.
  5. notdeadyet

    notdeadyet Still in California Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    Go with B. I don't think there's a real need to be overly delicate about requests like these. Professors get asked for them all the time and after a while, most grow to think of them as part of their job description.

    That's not to say to feel a sense of entitlement, just that you don't need to be overly diplomatic about it. Good luck!
  6. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    Either is fine. Your profs likely get a ton of LOR requests.

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