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Waive right to access recommendations? [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2006, 19:34
What is the appropiate response to this question?
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2006, 19:36
The conventional wisdom is that the authors will give a more objective evaluation of your weaknesses if you waive your right to access the LOR.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2006, 19:37
The appropriate response is always to waive.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2006, 19:46
Is this because the adcomm will see you waived your right and judge the recs better?
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2006, 19:48
homefry wrote:
Is this because the adcomm will see you waived your right and judge the recs better?


In theory. Most adcoms say they don't care. I don't believe them. I think it lends credence to the argument that your recs are honest and truthful.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2006, 20:27
Do the recommenders see that you waived your rights?
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2006, 20:28
homefry wrote:
Do the recommenders see that you waived your rights?


Yes, I think so.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2006, 20:29
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Do the recommenders see that you waived your rights?


Yes, I think so.


You're fast.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2006, 20:36
homefry wrote:
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Do the recommenders see that you waived your rights?


Yes, I think so.


You're fast.


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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2006, 21:21
OH SHOOT -> I clicked on I dont waive my right to access the recs!

Is that bad? Now I am worrieD!
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2006, 01:34
I did not waive the right for any of the 3 apps that I made in R1.
Rhyme might be right, but I do not think that it is absolutely crucial to show "good faith" on this minor issue.
Anyway, I will only have the right to see the recos if and when I am admitted. So, if the reco is bad and I am not admitted I will not have the chance to see it and will not know that I failed because of the poor reco... hence, no worries about the objectivity of the recommenders
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2006, 03:54
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OH SHOOT -> I clicked on I dont waive my right to access the recs!

Is that bad? Now I am worrieD!


Its not a big deal.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2006, 05:52
Always waive... It gives the impression that the recommender is not being swayed by the pressure of your oversight. It gives the impression of an objective and impartial recommendation. Top schools want to see that you waived. Don't you guys remember all those "sealed and signed" envelopes from college apps?
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2006, 06:07
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Always waive... It gives the impression that the recommender is not being swayed by the pressure of your oversight. It gives the impression of an objective and impartial recommendation. Top schools want to see that you waived. Don't you guys remember all those "sealed and signed" envelopes from college apps?


Let me disagree. Envelope should be sealed and stamped so as to prevent tampering with the documents.
Waiving or not waiving the right to review the reco upon the admission is my right by law.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2006, 08:27
I disagree. Don't most (or at least many) recommenders show you their recommendations before they submit them anyway if for no other reason than to ask you to verify that they didn't leave anything out?

It's difficult for me to believe that the Admissions Committee would assume that a recommendation is not objective (or less objective) just because someone chose to not waive access, or that a recommendation is objective (or more objective) solely because someone chose to waive access.

The Admissions Committee must be more sophisticated than that. After reading hundreds of recommendations each year, they've probably gotten to the point that they can tell right away whether a recommendation is objective based on the substance of the recommendation.
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