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In applying to graduate school, you’ll need recommendations from people who can describe your interests and abilities and support their comments with specific examples.
Give your recommenders several weeks to write your recommendations, but stipulate a firm deadline. Be sure to waive your right to see the recommendations; graduate schools prefer to see “blind” recommendations because they allow the recommender to be more honest.
Provide the recommendation writers with some background materials, such as a resume and a copy of your personal statement, to help them focus on your specific strengths, accomplishments, and interests.