I just want to hear your opinions.
One of my professor told me, because there are so many applicants for top-tier universities, there is no way that they read all of the thousands of applications. Many of them simply get tossed away if a test score or whatnot is too low.
He thus advised me to ask my recommenders send direct email to their connections at school in the department, to make sure my application is read.
But, I just don't really want to bother them or don't feel particularly comfortable asking this.. (although I have got very strong lor from them, at least two of them told me so directly.).
Does this thing really happen?
I managed to get really strong application except my PGRE score (810) (low for HEP-theory in top 10 for sure).
I strongly feel like my application will stand out a lot if they decide to read it. I just don't want it to be tossed because my PGRE is too low.