Getting the recco letters was definitely the toughest part of completing my applications.
I read somewhere that it is unwise to mention your MBA plans to your boss unless he is one of your recommenders. Since every school prefers a letter from the current direct supervisor, I candidly went to see mine, and talked to him about the opportunity of leaving for an MBA program in the US. He almost accused me of thinking about being unfaithful to our company, dissed the “American dream” and went paranoid about the fact I might his potential support to extort some kind of financing from the company. I finally calmed him down, and told him not to bother about it. Since that episode, he has been acting as if I never told him anything and as if he didn’t know anything…which is just fine because it also gives me a valid reason not to provide a letter from him. I wonder whether adcoms frequently get this kind of explanation though.
Needless to say, I decided it would be wiser to turn to a more benevolent manager…
Let’s say that I feel like I shot myself in the foot for free, and if I don’t get accepted in any program, I will REALLY, REALLY look dumb.
What about you ? Did everything went smoothly ?