So, I graduated last May, and I'm on some waitlists (not all are ranked). I haven't done anything in the academic arena since last Dec (I took two grad classes "for fun" and got As in both...yes, I'm a nerd. ). I'm not sure if it's appropriate for me to send an update letter b/c I'm not sure what I'd include. I volunteer at a homeless shelter, a free community clinic and at the hospital (but I've been doing these for years, so they don't qualify as anything "new"), and I have this "job" where I do some public relations stuff for a non-profit organization. In lieu of an update letter, should I just get my ex-advisor to write a letter or make a phone call on my behalf?? Or, should I just send a "strong" letter of interest to these schools? Since I think your input is worth more than a penny, I'll offer you guys a dime for your thoughts on this matter. Thanks.