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    thanks so much I honestly really don't want to wait 2 more years as RA.

    Right now I have a pretty strong letter from my current research advisor. He has lots of connections and he's also an editor of a decent journal. He's helped a few students getting into top 10 schools like Chicago, and he thinks I'm one of his best. I have 2 choices for my second letter. One is a professor with more connections. I've taken her class before and got A, but I guess that's not impressive enough to get a good letter, so I plan to send her my resume and my research paper to see if she'd like to help. Her research field is sort of related to my current project. My second choice is my econometrics professor. I know he's going to write a good recommendation, but he has less connection as far as I know.

    My professor strongly suggests me to get at least one letter from my math professor, so I want to ask my real analysis professor. I did really good in his class as I mentioned in my first post. I know he used to teach in MIT. He's really nice and I think he's going to write a good letter. 'm also going to take a grad math class, so if I do great then I'll try to get another one from that professor.

    I guess my recommendation letters are going to be good but maybe not like extremely impressive, except for the first one.

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    Thanks I honestly don't want to wait 2 more years as an RA

    I have one very strong recommendation from my current research advisor. He's an editor of a decent journal and has lots of connections. He helped some students getting into top schools including Chicago and MIT, and he thinks I'm one of his best. For my second letter, I want to ask a professor who taught me before. I know she has lots of connection. I got A in her class but I guess I need to do more to impress her. So I'll send my paper once it's finished and see if she'd like to help. Her research field is kind of related to my paper.

    My advisor strongly suggests me to get at least one letter from a math professor. I want to ask my professor who teaches real analysis. As I said in my first post I did pretty good in his class, and I know he used to teach in MIT. I'm going to take a grad math next semester, so if I do great, I'll try to get another letter from that professor.

    I guess my recommendation letters are going to be good, but maybe not extremely impressive except for the first one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by startz View Post
    Something like half (maybe a touch more) of students at top ten programs have been RAs between college and grad school.
    I recently graduated from a top 10 school, and in my cohort 5 graduates (out of 7) went on to work as RAs, and 2 went straight into grad school. One data point if that helps!

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    Everyone thinks their recommendation letters are great. Don't assume yours are going to be a particularly decisive factor. Yours seem to be average or slightly above average for a typical top 10 applicant. Advisors often are over-enthusiastic about your chances, whether to be polite or because they're misled by past experiences.

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    Yes I totally agree to what you said. I know I'm not the strongest applicants. Because I transferred to my current school and change my major to Econ and math only 2 years ago, unfortunately I really don't have enough time for more research opportunities, and I have to rush through all the courses I'll just do what I can do and hope for the best.

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