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Need career help /b/. Is this reference letter request alright?

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Need career help /b/. Is this reference letter request alright? I'm spaghetti nervous about bothering anyone, especially a Professor I like.

In the mean time petite girl thread.
>ITT Petite Girls

Here is the letter:

I was hoping you’d be willing to write a letter of recommendation for me. This is Anon, and I attended your Architectural History I class in spring 201-. I received an A in the course, and enjoyed taking it. I am now beginning to apply for jobs/internships and I need a letter of recommendation for an internship; as well as for others to come in the future.

I feel that I should ask you for a letter of recommendation not only because I did well in your class, but also because your class was very interactive and had an environment conducive to group work and interaction; it was a good example of synergy for me. The class also added a unique perspective of history that was new for me, and I enjoyed seeing historical architecture that was a product of its time. I’m still hoping to take your Architecture II class if I can ever fit into a semester schedule; I’m majoring in Computer Science and the requirements often dominate my semester.

The internship I’m applying to is asking that I personally upload a letter of recommendation, so it seems I would need to directly receive the letter and upload it myself to the Career Development Website. I reviewed this internship with a career counselor, and she affirmed that the employer is asking for a direct file upload; and that the employer may contact you to confirm the letter of recommendation is valid. The application to the internship ends late March, but I would like to apply as soon as possible; but by no means do I want to make you rush.

I hope this message reaches you well, and that what I’m asking is genial. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

A sniveling dolt
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>>599155164
Kill yourself you shit cunt.
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>>599155164
>>599155164
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>>599155164
OMG Do you have sauce not hat pic!!!
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>>599155651
kek

Why the hostility Anon. I'm just trying to get guidance from all of the wise men on /b/.
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Dont, OP, keep posting these quality wins. Then you can kill yourself.
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>>599155782
On that pic*
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>>599155651
Its 11:42 on a Wednesday night. I don't think I'm derailing any amazing threads.
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>>599155855
nice dubs

I don't know Anon, sometimes I think he might be right. Maybe I should take a bath and drop my hard drive of win in the tub.
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>>599155795
Fucking shoot yourself in the foot.
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>>599155164

Looks pretty good to me, tbh. I'm in basically the same situation as you though, that being, I have no idea how to talk to professors.
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>>599156502
I just don't like the informality of a letter. I mean fuck man, I sound like a robot.

Who says Dear sir/madam, anymore? No one. Shit is retarded.
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>>599156502
Whats even more amazing Anon is the fact that she said she would write a letter for me. She doesn't care from what I've seen, yet I still am hesitant to bug her.

A large spaghetti factor is the fact that she has to send the letter directly to me. I'm scared that she won't like the idea of that; I only ask because that's what is required of me.

>pic related, email
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>>599155782
Don't know. Sorry Anon.
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>>599156787

Just try and sound cordial. Wait until tomorrow morning to sent it, and start it off with "Good morning Dr. ___,". And to remedy sounding like a robot, just make your message shorter, because if it's long and robotic, you just sound robotic, but if it's short and robotic, you might just come off as concise.
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>>599155164
You are a CS major, presumably seeking an internship in CS, and you're asking an Architecture History professor for a letter of recommendation? Particularly if the professor doesn't remember you (seeing as how you needed to remind him), you're not going to get anything out of it. (And half of them say, "write the letter that you want and I'll sign it")

It's probably too late, but couldn't you have, I don't know, attended office hours, or joined an undergraduate group?

Of course, I interned two summers at tech companies and never needed a letter -- just a really easy interview. Honestly, the bar isn't all that high.
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>>599155164
I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
She's coming in, 12:30 flight
The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation
I stopped an old man along the way
Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to me as if to say, "Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you"

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what's right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
I seek to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that I've become

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

Hurry boy, she's waiting there for you

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
(I bless the rain)
I bless the rains down in Africa
(I bless the rain)
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
(Ah, gonna take the time)
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had
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>>599155164
If the prof doesnt even know who you are without you telling them don't waste your time.
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>>599157674
Shieeeet. That's a good point. But I actually wanted to add a line saying I attached my resume, and cover letter.

I can't think of removing anything really, without taking away some important pieces of information, such as the letter being sent directly to me.

Sure I could shave it a bit, but I don't think I can take chunks out.
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>>599158232
dear god maor plox
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>>599158232
honestly that letter is retarded. if u sent that to me i would make a point not to give u recommendation.
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Vola?
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>>599157846
>Of course, I interned two summers at tech companies and never needed a letter -- just a really easy interview. Honestly, the bar isn't all that high.
Dude that's what I'm feeling with everything but this one job.

I want a job for now until the summer and this one seems pretty nice. Actually has a slow start, and a possibility for programming.

Its basically the only job out now, and they want a reference letter. I don't know why.

I'd ask my old Comp. Sci Professor but I don't her well enough, and my new Professor really likes me, but its only been about a month of classes.

Haven't even taken a test with him yet, never mind finished the course.

All the Professors I have good relations with are either Historians, Lawyers, Language Arts whatever the fuck.

I did well in one math class, but that shit is so old, and plus math is kind of irrelevant too.
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>>599158699
VM6QXr
whats up, doc?
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>>599158699
VM6QXr
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>>599157899
Well they do, but from all the templates I've seen its recommended to mention your name.

What's she going to do remember my fucking email?
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No offense but I think your letter sounds a little elementary. I'm sure it would work though, because why not?
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>>599156680
SOURCE?
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>>599159235

Krystal Boyd

Can't find the exact video, but she's hot af
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>>599156787

Alright my friend, here is your serious answer.

1) In regards to how to address them, it should be 'Dear Professor 'blankety blank'. That's it. No sir, no madam. This is a letter of recommendation. If you can't use their name, why should they write anything for you?

2) The letter itself is decent. You're right in the fact that (at times) it is a bit informal, but so it goes. You seem like an informal kind of guy.

3) Be careful of your use of semi-colons. You use too many, and you don't use them correctly 100% of the time. This (above all else) makes the letter seem unprofessional. They are distracting.

4) The paragraph that starts "I feel that I should ask you for...." should be re-written. This sounds like a copy pasted response that you'll be giving to a thousand other professors after you change a few nouns. This is the most informal part of your letter because:
It's poorly written.
It gives the professor no idea of who you are, or why they should vouch for you.
It seems fake and forced.

5) Now that I read it again, re-write the last paragraph as well. It's too wordy. Why does the professor need to know any of that? It sounds like you're just trying to fill the page.

6) Does the professor remember you at all? Does ANY professor remember you at all?
If the answer is 'no' to the first question, ask yourself the second. If both answers are no, rethink the approach to this letter of recommendation.

Hope this helps.
- the helpful side of /b/
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>>599156858
silky smooth 60 fps
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>>599158507
Maybe less is more. Perhaps I should make it a lot more simpler, and avoid the long read.

Maybe this is a little better:

I was hoping you’d be willing to write a letter of recommendation for me. I attended your Architectural History I class in spring 201, and received an A in the course. I am now beginning to apply for jobs/internships and I need a letter of recommendation for an internship; as well as for others to come in the future.

I feel that I should ask you for a letter of recommendation not only because I did well in your class, but also because your class was very interactive and had an environment conducive to group work and interaction; it was a good example of synergy for me.

The internship I’m applying to is asking that I personally upload a letter of recommendation, so it seems I would need to directly receive the letter and upload it myself to the University’s Career Development Center Website; this may lead to the employer contacting you to confirm the letter is valid. The application to the internship ends late March, but I would like to apply as soon as possible; but by no means do I want to make you rush.

I hope this message reaches you well, and that what I’m asking is genial. Thank you for your time.
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>>599159153
Maybe Anon, maybe.

I think in the end if I write less, even if it has less "charm" it will gain points for being shorter.

Also, this is the first time I've ever written a reference letter. I don't plan on improving, but I figured I'd throw that fodder out there.
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>>599159235
Angelica, some site. Google may help
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>>599160243
This is much better.
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>>599156253
moar
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>>599158899
>plus math is kind of irrelevant too
Not necessarily. It shows the analytical skills that are important in this field. Fucking anyone can program, but can you solve problems?

I've been in the industry for 9 years, and know plenty of people who got jobs through degrees other than CS -- usually physics or math (and a slew of others). I'd see about that one ahead of history (but hey, maybe your relationship with the first professor is better... up to you man)
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>>599159975
I know about the name part, was just throwing that out there.

Appreciate the advice. You're write, the last paragraph is a little wordy, and I'm going to change the middle to:

I did well in your class, but I also learned how to better work with others, your class was very interactive and had an environment conducive to group work and interaction.
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Basically everything this anon said >>599159975

Also, I would suggest that you try to add some sort of spirit into your letter -- don't try to force humor or "quirkiness", but a slightly more colorful wording could make your letter and your personality stand out. You are right in that you sound like a robot at the moment. Just make your prose look as though it flowed out naturally or at least not stiff.

"[I hope] that I'm asking is genial" is not correct. Were you looking for the word 'agreeable'? 'Genial' means 'friendly', and your letter reads less as a friend-to-friend supplication than as a HAL 9000-style monologue.
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>>599160735
Thank you Anon. As childish as this may sound, I appreciate the words of encouragement.
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>>599160243
>201
2001*

>and had an environment conducive
and the environment was conducive*

>as soon as possible; but by no means
You said "but" twice in the same sentence. Try
"I would like to apply as soon as possible; by no means, however, do I want..."

Otherwise, it looks great, much better than your original.
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>>599161447
My relationship with this Architectural History Professor was a lot better just because she liked me a whole lot, and she blatantly said at the end of the class that she would "be happy to write me a letter of recommendation."

I remember finishing her class with over 100 points, she gave out extra credit and I aced that too. She was very happy with my class room participation, test scores, and the fact that I never missed answering a question that stumped the class.

I would ask my other professors if I had to, but I don't want to dip into the reserve.
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>>599161690
For sure man, I understand. It's not bad, and truthfully, you would have probably gotten (and still will get) your letter.
But simply the fact that you're attempting to improve it, even on the shithole that is /b/, you're on the right track.
Keep on keeping on.
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>>599161447
You're math might be a step above history for my major, but I feel like all of my math Professors don't know any of their students that well because they're all lecture classes.

Only my Freshman Algebra Professor liked me and I talked to her a bit. My current math Professor is super good at teaching, and I'm planning on going to his office hours some time next week to review something before a test.

So maybe he'll remember my face, but I doubt it. Its a large class, and the Professor rarely looks out for anyone to talk to at any time.
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>>599161507
>than as a HAL 9000-style monologue.
kek
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>>599161507
Yeah you're right. Weird word choice. I changed it to acceptable, more along the lines of what I was trying to convey.

I'm scared that she won't write the letter because it is being sent directly to me.
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>>599156253
Need fucking moar!
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>>599155164
Ditch the semi colons you pretentious cock wrangling English enthusiast.
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>>599163173
Fucking goddess
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>>599162089
Thank you Anon. I brushed it up a bit:

Dear Prof. Name,

I was hoping you’d be willing to write a letter of recommendation for me. I attended your Architectural History I class in spring 2014, and received an A in the course. I am now beginning to apply for jobs/internships and I need a letter of recommendation for an internship; as well as for others to come in the future.

I did well in your class, but I also learned how to better work with others, your class was very interactive and the environment was conducive to group work and interaction.

The internship I’m applying to is asking that I personally upload a letter of recommendation, so it seems I would need to directly receive the letter and upload it myself to the University’s Career Development Center Website; this may lead to the employer contacting you to confirm the letter is valid. The application to the internship ends late March. I would like to apply as soon as possible, but by no means do I want you to rush.

I hope this message reaches you well, and that what I’m asking is acceptable. Thank you for your time.
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>>599162363
Thanks Anon, means a lot.
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>>599163794
>mfw
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>>599163794
>mfw I have more semicolons in essays than programs
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>>599163173
got any of her face?
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>>599164031
agree
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>I was hoping you’d be willing to write a letter of recommendation for me. I attended your Architectural History I class in spring 2014, and received an A in the course.

This seems choppy.
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