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# Ask multiple recommendation letters from the same person at #periods?

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18 Apr 2018, 23:17
Hello guys,

well, I don't know how I am going to do it, so I am here for some advice. I am French and I hold a bachelor degree in International Business. However, I decided to make a career change recently (I am 22). I am currently learning Computer Science and I already asked the Director of my undergrad program to write a professional recommendation letter around 1 year ago for me for an investment banking internship abroad.

My decision to make a career change came quite late (February 2018) and closing dates for MS in CS applications are often in December. However, I am still in the proccess to apply to 1 school in the US and another in the UK. Both required 3 letters of recommendation. I am not sure I am going to get in.

If not, I am also planning to apply to around 10 school in the US and in the Canada for September 2019 intake. However, I will still have to wait 1 more year...

So should I contact the director of my undergrad for a recommendation this year? If I am rejected, it's going to be a shame to ask her to another letter. I don't know how to handle the situation...

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19 Apr 2018, 07:25
Hi thegame12,

Thank you for the post, and for sharing your story. I would need to know your profile and background (scores, academics, experience, et al.) to give a more detailed response. When is the deadline for the U.S. and U.K. schools? First round applications for intake 2019 are typically due in the fall of 2018. Is that your target date?

Who are your other recommenders? I wouldn't feel ashamed of asking the Director. If your relationship is strong enough that you can ask for a recommendation, then you can definitely be candid and explain your feelings towards this round.

You might benefit from a free consultation where we can discuss your background and experience, and see how we can help strategically approach your admissions application. Feel free to reach out to coordinate (contact details in signature).

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22 Apr 2018, 11:38
Is it a bad idea to reuse letters of recommendation from a previous application cycle? I am applying md/phd and have 5 letters already. I dont have any good reasons to get new ones from the same people since I think their letters were already pretty solid. I also dont have any new recommenders who I think could write more strongly in my favor.
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22 Apr 2018, 17:29
Hi zimou13,

Thank you for the post. Typically universities require that recommenders submit letters of recommendation directly to the institution (and they take the handling of recommendations very seriously, including checking IP addresses). I recommend you ask the recommenders to re-submit the letters they had previously written. Ideally, however, the recommenders should talk further about how you have grown since your last application cycle.

Happy to talk further. Feel free to reach out to coordinate a free consultation if interested (contact details in signature).

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Is it a bad idea to reuse letters of recommendation from a previous application cycle? I am applying md/phd and have 5 letters already. I dont have any good reasons to get new ones from the same people since I think their letters were already pretty solid. I also don't have any new recommenders who I think could write more strongly in my favor.

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