Is it ok to ask the professor for a PDF version of the recommendation letter? (so that it can be sent to multiple schools).
If you took a course from a professor and did relatively well, you may want to ask him or her to write a letter of recommendation right away. He or she may not remember all the details of your performance a year or two later. The recommendation can later be fine tuned to address specific graduate schools or fellowships. If you are thinking of taking some time off after college and applying later, you may still want to get your recommendations written while you are in school. Remember that faculty members often take sabbaticals, change universities, etc. Ask your recommenders to send copies of your recommendations to your undergraduate house to be included in your personal folder; they may be useful later on. To place a copy of your recommendation in your undergraduate house file you need to obtain a form from your House's Senior Tutor. Harvard will keep these files indefinitely, and will mail the letters you want to graduate schools or employers at your request.
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