Because of the size of many classes at UNC, students often find that a graduate student teaching assistant or instructor is the best person to write a letter of recommendation for a grant, scholarship, graduate program, study abroad program, etc. Here are a few guidelines for having me write you a letter.
- Give me at least a month notice when you ask me for the letter. I may be able to do it with less notice, but it will depend on what else I have going on.
- Set up a time to meet with me to explain why you are interested in this particular program.
- Send me a copy of your resume and information about the thing for which you are applying.
- Check in with me one month, one week and one day before the deadline, unless I’ve already finished it. I take this responsibility very seriously and will write my own reminders, but I appreciate the extra layer of security.
- I wouldn’t think it would be necessary, but students keep proving me wrong. Let me know how things turn out. Someone writing you a letter of recommendation means she or he wants you to be successful in your application and is rooting for you.
I won’t write a letter for law school until you read this: Why You Shouldn’t Go to Law School
and watch this: