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How important are Recos [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2006, 10:04
I hate the RECOS and the recommenders laziness in completing them..btw How important are the RECOS In stead of focusing on my essays, i am wasting time on recos, trying to add examples and how great i am bla bla ..what roles does recos play in admission ?

any comments?

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 [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2006, 10:41
I have heard that outstanding recommendations don't help that much, because each person selects their own recommenders and you would expect most of the qualified applicants at top schools to have top notch recommendations. If everyone's got great recommendations, then they can't do much to distinguish you.

On the other hand, a lukewarm recommendation can kill you. It raises questions about your judgment, and obviously why in the course of your life, you can't find 2 people to say nice things about you.

I do think that schools understand some recommenders are unwilling to take the time to do a decent job, while others don't understand what schools are looking for.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2006, 10:45
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On the other hand, a lukewarm recommendation can kill you. It raises questions about your judgment, and obviously why in the course of your life, you can't find 2 people to say nice things about you


Thanks for the post man, This one in particular has helped
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2006, 12:16
very important.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2006, 12:45
IMO, they can hurt you a lot more than they can help you.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2006, 16:07
eazyb81 wrote:
IMO, they can hurt you a lot more than they can help you.

Thats what I've heard as well. But I imagine that alumni recommendations are pretty helpful.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2006, 18:44
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eazyb81 wrote:
IMO, they can hurt you a lot more than they can help you.

Thats what I've heard as well. But I imagine that alumni recommendations are pretty helpful.


Alumni reco's are like entering the loren cave in Alzakabarhar with only a +2 elf wood sword while casting intimidating shout and stacking sunderarmour. It's totally like +10 charisma points.
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