Hi, time has come! I am finally applying to graduate school. It's been a couple weeks since I started preparing applications and so on. I never thought how much work all this is!(I'm glad that I dropped one class earlier). Anyway, I have a couple questions that I would like to get your attention to. I will be brief as possible, and I would like your honest opinion! Truth shouldn't hurt me! Q1 So I asked a recommendation letter to two of professors whom I've been serving as a research assistant over an year. Here's reply I got "It will be better if you can prepare a draft and send it to me as a template, I will be glad to go over it once this is done" I don't know what he means by 'template', to my optimistic interpretation, does he perhaps means that I write my own rec. letter and give it to him? Sounds weird! but that's the only interpretation I can come up with. I'm simply too scared to ask him what he meant. What do you guyz say? Q2 I received my junior college transcript. It's got D's and F's. Many W. Overal GPA of 3.25. Oh my.... Anyway, I did well in my current University taking only upper level courses and have 3.7 GPA. But here comes the twist, due to 4 years accumulated credit over junior college(yope, I spent 4 years!) when I combined two years of current university credit to come up with total UGPA, I get something like 3.4. There's nothing I can do about it. But I was wondering if I should explain this on my personal statement. Back in junior college, I had to pay out of state tuition with no parent support so I had to work full time while going to school and it was hard. Then by the time I transfer, I became a legal resident of the state and didn't have to work. Should I say this on my personal statement? Or let the transcript say it all? Thanks for helping me out. I would love to hear your own story. Especially if there's any of you who've over come low GPA to enter graduate school!