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    Letters of Recommendation

    I need three for my applications for my masters. I've got a commitment for one from my supervisor, one from a transportation professor at PSU who I took two classes under (and one was a 1 credit seminar that she organized and handed over to guest speakers) and.. uhm..
    Been trying to contact my advisor from PSU, but I haven't heard from him. Granted, it is finals season there. But i'm not sure who else I can go to for that last letter.
    I could get one from someone else in the office, I suppose, or a professor I worked with on a major college community project (but didn't do research take any classes with) but would it really help? What i've heard is that I need to get academically focussed letters as much as possible.

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    If all else fails, try getting one fom an employer. Granted the focus will be on work ethic and not academia, but it does demonstrate a balance in life.

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    You've come to the right place. You write it, send it to any drunken Cyburbian, we'll sign it and send it right back to you. What's the question, again?

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    So far Ive gotten one really good letter, the promise of another, a decent one from my old internship supervisor, and this one....which I think is about the worst letter of recommendation that I have ever read...yet it is from the person that had the most conact with me. He's a bit of a loon. Luckily, he didnt seal it so I had a chance to read it. Im not sure if Im going to send it to Portland.

    Re: Admission Request of Adam Strickland Wood

    Adam Strickland Wood, the sibling of a Methodist Minister, is a quiet, reflective person of considerable merit. Apt and alert, Adam is writing his honors research thesis on "High Speed Rail Potential in Texas." This is the present favourite of incumbent Governer Rick Perry. It grapples with the rather precariou idea of rail as an effective substitute to road and air (Southwest) travel between the major urban nodes of Dallas-Ft. Worth-San Antonio-Houston. Wood has displayed a conjugal fidelity to this endeavor and his ideas are distinctive and considerable. In this undertaking, Wood has gained insight into the obligatory promiscuity of government and its political machinations, a useful prerequisite for his intended profession.

    Adam has also taken urban-quantitative courses under my direction, as well as the perfunctory tools of urban planning.

    Wood is a good citizen, collegial, personable and self-assured. He radiates a wry, sacramental circumspection about his many virtues.

    Wood will not prove a disappointment to you. If unsuccessful, Wood has the fortitude to endure forgetting.

    Respectfully yours,
    [name removed to protect the psychotic]
    Professor
    I dont even know what half of that means....and Im an only child! My DAD, however is a PRESBYTERIAN minister...

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    hehe. Not a bad letter really, just uses some pretty strange word choices. Don't understand half of it? Get a dictionary..
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    Adam Strickland Wood, the sibling of a Methodist Minister, is a quiet, reflective person of considerable merit.(A great guy.) Apt and alert (pays attention), Adam is writing his honors research thesis on "High Speed Rail Potential in Texas." This is the present favourite of incumbent Governer Rick Perry. It talks about the "house of cards" sensitive idea of rail as an effective substitute to road and air (Southwest) travel between (snip) Dallas-Ft. Worth-San Antonio-Houston. Wood is married to his work and has lots of new ideas. While working on it, Wood has learned about how the government gets involved in everything and how it works, a useful thing for him to know with what field he plans to go into.

    Adam has also taken urban-quantitative courses under my direction, as well as the perfunctory tools of urban planning.

    Wood is a good citizen, collegial, personable and self-assured. He radiates a wry, sacramental circumspection about his many virtues.

    Wood will not prove a disappointment to you. If unsuccessful, Wood is tough enough to live through forgetting.

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    A former professor of mine told me that the one of the best ways to get a good letter of recommendation is to actually write a draft letter yourself and give it to them. That way, they already have the information about who to send the letter to, it's more customized to what you want to emphasize and it just makes it easier. If all they have to do is make a few changes and add a stamp, it's a lot more likely to make it out the door then if they have to start from scratch.

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    Quote Originally posted by lec9496
    A former professor of mine told me that the one of the best ways to get a good letter of recommendation is to actually write a draft letter yourself and give it to them. That way, they already have the information about who to send the letter to, it's more customized to what you want to emphasize and it just makes it easier. If all they have to do is make a few changes and add a stamp, it's a lot more likely to make it out the door then if they have to start from scratch.
    I know one of my high school teachers followed this principle... you right the letter... he'll sign it.
    Every time I look at a Yankees hat I see a swastika tilted just a little off kilter.
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    Spelling is overrated anyways.

    Sometimes if you even WRITE it, they will sign it too.
    Forechecking is overrated.

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    Quote Originally posted by CCMNUT39
    Sometimes if you even WRITE it, they will sign it too.
    [BS]
    No... actually he wanted us to right the letter. He always hated letters that we're improperly written.
    [/BS]

    Every time I look at a Yankees hat I see a swastika tilted just a little off kilter.
    Bill "Spaceman" Lee

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    Wood has the fortitude to endure forgetting
    I love this line! Never thought that forgetting was something to be endured....or included on a recommendation letter....
    I don't dream. I plan.

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    I would send the recommendation letter in, if I were you. It speaks well of you, and yeah, he's obviously crazy, but every school has a professor like that...

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    Academic Porn?

    Quote Originally posted by The Nutty Professor
    Wood has displayed a conjugal fidelity to this endeavor and his ideas are distinctive and considerable.
    Is he saying you have a nice johnson?

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    Quote Originally posted by el Guapo
    Academic Porn?



    Is he saying you have a nice johnson?
    Thanks EG, now I'll be giggling all day!

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