- Do you think it is beneficial for people in this major to do more semesters abroad?
- Are there any dialogues or co-op opportunities that are interesting and could contribute to this major?
- Are there any professors whose classes you suggest we take?
Good Afternoon Professor,
I hope this email is not reaching you at an inconvenient time. My name is Goh Dan Qing, and I am a student in your international affairs class [Code]. I am reaching out to you regarding an assignment that we have just gotten back, the essay on [title]. I received a grade that was lower than I had anticipated. Owing to that, it is my hope that you would agree to meet with me so we can discuss my grade, and hopefully, I can better understand the mistakes that I have made. While this grade may not reflect positively of me, I would like you to know that I am extremely passionate about your class. What you teach really resonates within me, because of its applicability in real life.
Please let me know when it is most convenient time is for us to sit down and discuss the essay. I aim to succeed in your class, and I believe that by coming together, your guidance would help me in achieving better understanding on the topic and essay. If I need to provide any more details or information, please feel free to tell me.
Thank you for your time.
Regards, Goh Dan Qing.
*adapted from an email I wrote to an old teacher for a university recommendation letter
How have you been? It’s Dan Qing, from your modern European history class. I heard that Utrecht is beautiful in the summer time, hopefully, your class there is as memorable as we are. After working for Malaysia’s foreign service in New York City, I have truly made up my mind. It is no secret that I have been very fickle, you definitely remember how difficult it was for me to choose a topic for that historical convention! I hope that you would be happy to hear that I took the advice that you gave me on attaining my master’s degree in Europe.
I hope that you know how thankful I am for your efforts when it came to us. Being in your class, and through all those conversations, I have really matured in mindfulness. That being so, and I hope I am not being too blunt, but I was hoping that you could write a letter of recommendation for me. We have, since the first day, shared a close working relationship and mutual respect. As someone who has truly inspired me to take the path I am on, I would be grateful if you could help me along in my journey.
After much consideration, I have decided to apply to several programs in Europe. My favorite one being in Sorbonne, it is on par with Oxbridge and the Ivy Leagues, but much more cost efficient. Besides that, the University of Copenhagen, and of course, the University of Amsterdam. While you may suggest Sciences Po, I can only dream of reaching those heights.
If you have any questions regarding the process, please feel free to reach out to me. Once again, professor, I thank you again. I hope to hear from you soon.
1) Good afternoon professor,
I’m reaching out to you today in regards to our latest research project assignment that you recently graded and handed back to us. Let me begin by saying that I take very seriously my responsibilities as your student, and the commitment to doing whatever it takes in order to perform well in your class. That being said, I wish to express my disappointment and discouragement with the grade that was given for my work. I personally feel that I put some of my best efforts into doing a good job and meeting the criteria that you were looking for. Perhaps something was lost in translation or there are more specifics that we could discuss to make more clear where we’re both coming from with this.
If you’d be willing to hear me out, I’d like the opportunity to have my work re-evaluated with that in mind, and if there is anything else that I must do to earn that chance, please consider any options that you’d deem to be fair in this situation. My grades are a very personal reflection of how much I value my education, and not only does it matter to me that I do well, but I want to get the most out of what I learn in my classes. Please consider working with me in whatever way that we can come to a mutual solution to my grade dispute. I appreciate your time professor.
2) Greetings professor,
This is your former student Darius from your International Relations course that you taught in Spring 2016. We spoke many a time about my experiences at the State Department, and my interest in getting involved in national politics and the Foreign Service. I hope all is well and the new semester has gotten off to a good start. The reason I’m reaching out is because I’m in the process of applying to graduate school, and as part of the application process I require a letter of recommendation. As someone whom I’ve greatly respected and valued as an educator, particularly in your respective field, I’d be genuinely grateful and pleased to have you write one that may speak to my talents and potential as a student in your best judgment.
There are two particular programs that I’m applying to. The first is the the MA program in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy through Tufts University, and the other is an MPA in Public Policy at George Washington University. As these are among the strongest and most competitive programs in the country, if you also have any helpful advice for me to consider while completing my application I’d be eager to hear your suggestions. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions at all that may help you with writing your recommendation. In any case, I appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you soon.
My name is Zachary Kranc and I am a student in your international affairs class. I recently received a grade on my last assignment that was lower than I had expected. I was hoping that we could meet and discuss some of the errors that I made. I really enjoy this class, and I am very passionate about achieving success in the classroom. Please let me know when it is most convenient for you to meet with me and help me to review my mistakes. I would really appreciate your help and guidance so that I can do better on upcoming assignments. Please let me know if there is any information or further details I can provide to you. Thank you for your help and understanding.
My name is Zachary Kranc and I was a student in your international affairs class. I really enjoyed the material of the lectures and discussion that occurred within the classroom. I fondly recall working on a presentation related to human rights and a commodity as well as a group project for global environmental sustainably. Recently I decided to pursue a law degree in international human rights. I would greatly appreciate a letter of recommendation from you as I continue my pursuit of knowledge in this interesting and pressing field of study.
I have always been passionate about human rights and social justice, which I believe is a characteristic we share in common. My ultimate goal is help millions of people around the world to ensure their liberties and freedoms are protected. Please let me know if you are able to provide me with this letter of recommendation. Also, please tell me if you need any further information from me at this point in time. Thank you for your support.
On Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 I attended Northeastern University’s College Democrats’ weekly meeting for the first time. I had been wanting to check out Northeastern’s political events on campus since I first started the semester and have been curious to know what kind of activities or opportunities were available for someone interested in the field. I wasn’t really sure how to gauge my expectations, considering that I’ve had previous experiences associating with individuals from other political clubs or groups through college organizations or politics in general over the years. However, although it was just a short introduction for me to the political scene at Northeastern, I enjoyed my experience and would be interested in attending future events, time permitting.
The meeting was filled with more students than I had expected to be there, filling the entire classroom. A few of them were students I recognized from the International Affairs major. Ironically, one of them whom I randomly ended up in conversation with was actually in my International Relations class, and I embarrassingly had no idea who she was. The moderator of the meeting began with announcements of events that were coming up on their agenda, including a major debate between the College Democrats and College Republicans on Betsy Devos’ recent appointment. It appeared to be something that everyone was excited about, and the other lead moderators who each had their own announcements to make asked for anyone interested in joining that debate to come to them before the meeting’s end and sign up.
From my observation of looking around, just about everyone in the room seemed to be on their laptop researching or monitoring the different events being mentioned, some of the issues that were at the heart of them, and the latest news of what was going on in the world. Some of those mentioned and outlined on the board were the Black Lives Matter movement, Public Higher Education Advocacy Day, Social Justice, Project Boston Infrastructure, Planned Parenthood, and a Boston City Council Hearing on Sanctuary Schools, the latter of which had to do with President Trump’s recent crackdown on sanctuary sites around the nation that prevented undocumented immigrants from being deported. A number of internship opportunities were also announced, some in particular that involved working on a campaign for certain local candidates running for office.
The moderator eventually introduced a special speaker for the evening, Representative Chynah Tyler, a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, who represents the Seventh Suffolk District, and an alumna of Northeastern University. She came with her campaign manager Frank Farrow, and discussed how she conducted her campaign in a grassroots fashion getting to know what her constituents actually wanted and and using their voices as her platform. Her background in studying criminal justice and political science, and working as a caseworker for federal inmates and a legislative aide for a state politician respectively also helped form her views and her position to run for office. Her interesting non-partisan stance on education as a “pro-education” advocate helped her appeal to constituents who supported either public or charter schools. She concluded with opening questions to the floor and answering everyone’s inquiries, and finally left us with on a note of hoping that she somehow helped to inspire and inform us, and hopefully it would push us to remain engaged and contribute toward our own efforts for political change.
- How can I make sure I graduate with fluency in a foreign language?
- How many co-ops do you recommend for this major?
- What are some of the most important and interesting classes offered in this department?
- How many semesters do you suggest to stay abroad?
- Which international co-op/study abroad is your favorite? Why was it enlightening?
- Which student organizations do you think would buff up my resume?
Three Questions for More Advanced Students in the Major:
- What have you found the most rewarding about being an International Affairs major?
- What mistakes have you made during your undergraduate career that you could warn future students about?
- Are there any other recommendations that you have for First Years in the major?
Hello Professor X,
My name is Nicholas Dean and I am one of your students in your (insert title of course) class. I was wondering if during your office hours or whenever you’re available I could have a conversation with you about my grade on a specific assignment. I was surprised to see that I earned a low mark and would love to understand what I did incorrectly so that I can improve come the next assignment. Please let me know at your earliest convenience when you’re available. Thank you so much!
Hello Professor X,
My name is Nicholas Dean and I was one of your previous students in your (insert title of course) class. While taking your course I remember participating in some really interesting and critical assignments including (insert name of assignments). The reason why I am contacting you today is because I have recently decided to apply to graduate school and I am looking for a letter of recommendation.
I am applying to graduate school to pursue my life long goal of majoring in International Affairs. With this degree, I’ll have the opportunity to work in a variety of different professions that I would not otherwise be eligible for. Please let me know at your earliest convenience whether or not you will be able to write this letter. Thank you so much!
Questions for Advanced Students in the Major:
- What student organizations do you find the most in line with the International Affairs major?
- Are there any student groups that you recommend that are not International Affairs related?
- When did you start getting involved in student groups and organizations in your undergraduate career?