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Sep. 25th, 2009 @ 02:43 pm Letters of Recommendations (Transfer). Please help!!
Last year, I had applied to transfer to some colleges and was unfortunately rejected. I'll be reapplying to some of the same schools and even if I don't get in  just to try again, but I'm worried about my letters of recommendations:

1. I would like to have the same 3 professors write my letters of recommendation because I feel that they knew me best and supported me the most. In all of their old recommendations, they said that I was the best student they have ever had. I plan on asking them for recommendations next week, but I don't know whether I should ask them to just print out my previous recommendations or ask them to write a new one. I don't want them to think that their old ones weren't good enough, and I do want them to know that I really appreciated it before. What should I do? ANd if I ask for new recs from them, how should I ask it so they know I still appreciated their recs from last year? Also, should I ask them to include/add specific stuff to my rec? Oh, I'll also be including my resume and transcript for them this time (I didn't last time), but it's only so they would know my background. I won't ask them to include my activities on there or anything.

2. When my math teacher wrote my recommendation last year, there were a lot of grammatical errors in it, but he's really smart and has a Ph.D. Should I ask him to fix those grammatical errors or just leave it?

3. Who should fill out the College Official Report (https://commonapplication.org/CommonApp/docs/downloadforms/CollegeOfficialRpt.pdf)? Last year, I had a random dean fill it out for me, and she didn't comment on my personal qualities because she didn't know me. She just marked that I didn't cause any trouble at the college. Should I have a dean fill it out, or should I have my Phi Theta Kappa advisor fill it out? I am the Vice President (and was the Vice President of Scholarships last year) of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at my 2-year college. I was very active in the club, and I would like my Phi Theta Kappa advisor to attach a letter of recommendation. Should I have her attach it along with my College Official Report form or just have it separately?

4. I also took Interpersonal Communications with my Phi Theta Kappa advisor, but I feel that I didn't stand out as much in her class, although I did get an A. I just feel that I stood out in my math classes more because a lot of people struggled in my math classes, and almost everyone did well in Interpersonal Communications. Should I ask her to write me a recommendation as an instructor or as my PTK advisor? Should I ask her to use the instructor recommendation form (https://commonapplication.org/CommonApp/docs/downloadforms/Inst-Eval.pdf) or just ask her to write a letter without rating me? Or should I ask her what she prefers?


I thank you very much for your time and for your help in advance.
I'm trying again for Brown and Cornell, and even if I don't get in again, I'll still be happy at wherever I end up at. =)
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From:unexpectedhours
Date:September 26th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
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1. Personally, I just went to the same professors that I originally got my letters from and just asked them to address them to my new schools of choice and re-print it. :) They have no problem with it, at least mine didn't!

2. I guess that depends on how comfortable you are with your professor. I could make a joke out of it and ask him to just fix a few things, but if it's more of a formal relationship, you could leave it. If he signs his letters with his credentials, I'm sure that will be enough. Are the grammatical errors really severe?

3. I don't know anything about the COR, sorry. :/

4. I think that you should go for the PTK adviser route. PTK is very well-known, and it's a respected title to be an adviser to them.

I hope this helps at all!