Profs write letters every year. It's part of being a prof. They'll only think of it unfavorably as "extra work" if they don't like the student, in which case hopefully they'll just turn you down rather than write a poor letter, or if you ask them last minute and they're really bogged down at the time, which won't be a factor if you ask them early.Mataka wrote:But now, with the PhD applications, I will ask about 12 reference letters to 3 profs... so I'm a bit scared that they say no, or that they say yes but feel a bit upset because it's too much work. So my question is, how do you ask for reference letters, in a way that they can't say no ?
Mataka wrote:Well I guess you're right, but the problem is only with one of my prof. I worked for him for 4 months, and he was pretty happy with my work, but we never really talked much, it was always a bit awkward... He wrote me several reference letters a while ago, and they were really good, but know I haven't seen or talk to him in more than 3 years so I kind of feel bad to go ask him for reference letters again ...especially since I will have to ask him be email (or take a 4 hours air trip).
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