Over the course of the last month or so I have noticed that it’s a lot harder to get in contact with people who seemed to be constantly around/available when school was in session. You may notice that this is because Summer Quarter 2011 has started and many teachers take sabbaticals or purse other things during the summer months when they do not have to be stuck in a musty old office waiting for the occasional student visitor.
What does this mean for me?
I have had very little luck getting letters of recommendation. During the next week or so I am thinking of going to certain professors office hours in order to get them to pay attention to me/notice me, but if that doesn’t work I may be out of luck.
The lesson here is: take advantage of your professors while they are around! They are there to help you. But once they’re no longer there, they are no longer accountable to the school, you, or anyone else. Get those letters early.