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Some schools require academic reference for grad school admission?
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So I am feeling awkward about my letters of recommendation. I have 2 solid recommendation letters, but some schools ask for a third from an academic source, like a professor. First of all, my entire undergraduate was online (Bachelor's in Business Admin.) so i never had a connection at all with any professor. Also, the field of study I am going into is completely different than business. Do I just skip out on the academic reference and try to find another or do I awkwardly ask a professor that I don't know but took their class... so weird and uncomfortable. What do you think?
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#2
I'm sure you wouldn't be the first online student to ask for a reference. Go for it. The worst is a no. If you enjoyed and/or did particularly well in a class, go for that one.
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#3
I'm with Passit, you're not the first and you won't be the last. Annoying requirements are the hallmark of grad school, let the fun begin lol. Smile
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#4
I asked for one from one of my TESC mentors. I wrote the recommendation for her and gave it to her as a template. I even researched her so I could include some info about her in the letter. Her words: "How can I say no, when you've made it so easy for me!"

She tweaked it and sent it out, I got in. Don't be afraid to ask some of your mentors, remember they know you are a professional and you are part of their network (the whole backscratching bit).

They're busy professionals. Make it easy for them by reminding who you are and giving them a letter (as a sample of course) which includes their history and the great things you did in class. You may be surprised.

Good Luck!
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#5
Even if you didn't really have much contact with any of your professors or mentors, there should still be a process in place for you to get an academic recommendation. I'd suggest checking with the Career Services department of your school. They will be able to help you out with this. If your grad school requires it, don't skip it.

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dmjacobsen Wrote:Even if you didn't really have much contact with any of your professors or mentors, there should still be a process in place for you to get an academic recommendation. I'd suggest checking with the Career Services department of your school. They will be able to help you out with this. If your grad school requires it, don't skip it.

I like the suggestion about asking Career Services, or even your academic advisor? Being creative at meeting this and other requirements helps stretch you into the morphing process from being a learner (undergrad) into being a creator of new knowledge/leader.
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