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Aug08

how to avoid awkward encounters

I’ve been looking up scholarships and I came across ASSU’s scholarships. Most of the scholarships are awarded based on community (volunteer) involvement. I was looking at the application forms and it says to list referee’s name and number. Would I have to call every referee and notify them that Im applying for a scholarship and they may receive a call for verification? That seems weird but I don’t want them to be surprised or something

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hi!

you don’t have to do that, but i highly suggest that you do. it might be even more awkward if the people from the scholarship get in contact with your referee(s) and they have no idea what it’s all about. trust me, an awkward encounter now will save you many more awkward moments down the line.

i hope this helps!

xoxo,

aska

Aug01

volun-tears

hey aska! im interested in volunteering at mount sinai and need a reference form completed by someone who is not a relative. Im considering asking my cousin who is the manager of my previous (and only) job. Although restaurants aren’t related to healthcare and she is a relative, can I still have her fill in the reference form (and not tell anyone shes my cousin)? She is not the general manager of the restaurant but before I quit they changed GMs so I’m not really close to the current GM. I also haven’t worked at the restaurant since 2015…. so would that be weird?

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hi! i’m not gonna lie, that’s a little iffy. but you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes.

i think it should be okay though i would consider looking into finding an academic reference or even a reference from another volunteer position you may have held in the past. if they need a work/ professional reference, then i would resort to using your cousin.

i hope that helps! good luck!

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xoxo,

aska

Jul13

talking to others is hard

hello hello. How do I approach someone in a senior administration position about nomination letters and letters of support for scholarships and awards?

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hi!

dude, talking to people is so hard and it’s even harder when they’re in a position of authority.

i would suggest just making an appointment with the person you have in mind and just being polite and straight-up about what you want. if you’re making the appointment over email, be as formal and cordial as possible. if you’re making it over the phone, be polite and amicable as possible. maybe even practice what you’re gonna say a few times.

i’d also suggest asking someone you have an established relationship with. maybe there was a project you did for the registrar’s office or you were involved in an extracurricular where you had to be in contact with a senior administrator. if there’s someone that knows you well and has experience working with you, they would be a great option. in that case, i would remind them (when you’re making the appointment) of who you are and how you know them. yes, you’re special, but people are busy and forget.

even if the person you have in mind doesn’t know you, i’d still reach out to them for an appointment. strike up a friendly conversation and see where it goes from there. i know that talking to people is incredibly hard (trust me, i’m an internet entity, i don’t talk to people in real life) but there’s nothing to lose!

good luck!

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xoxo,

aska

Jun28

don’t ask us about the babies

Hello askas (ive heard that there are two now)! I am applying for a few internships and I need some academic references. I also may need some for future grad programs! So I read your previous posts on profs and references. Could I ask TAs for references and if so, what approach should I take? Are there other people besides profs and TAs who can provide academic references? Or would references from TAs and other ppl be useless? Thanks for your time(:

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hi!

yep, there are now two askas running around the place. we are united by our frozen hearts, love of gifs, and distain for math. we’re also lowkey both beyonce. it’s a really really snappy work environment.

academic references are usually instructors in a course, so usually a prof. i know that sometimes you form more relationships with your TAs, but academic references are usually the people who teach the course material. sucks, i know.

if you have a TA you really really wanna use as a reference, i would get in contact with the organization that you’re trying to intern for or check out their application guidelines to see if they accept TAs or other people as references.

good luck! hope this helps!

xoxo,

aska

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