Gotta Get Into Grad School Part II: References and Recommendations

This post is the second in my series on getting into occupational therapy graduate school. Part I can be found here.

...this is the kind of situation this post will hopefully help you avoid.
…this is the kind of situation this post will hopefully help you avoid.

One of the most crucial parts of any academic or employment application is the letter of recommendation you receive from your previous instructor, supervisor or employer.

Aside from not having a compelling essay or competitive grades, having a poor letter of recommendation is one of the worst things that can happen to your OT school application. Schools are meeting you as almost a complete stranger, with only the word of others to go on – and if those words are telling them to run away, they’d be crazy not to! In this post, I’m going to include some tips for how to choose a recommender, request a recommendation and manage recommendations across multiple graduate school applications.

Choosing a Recommender

A common question I see on forums like the OTD discussion forum on studentdoctor.com is “Who should I get to write my recommendation?” There’s really no completely right or wrong answer to this question, but you should take into consideration several things as you prepare to ask for a recommendation:
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