Checking up

Ireland“Every so often someone asks me to write a reference for them, and almost invariably I agree to do it. And then, sometimes, I find myself struggling to think what I could possibly write. Very often the person asking me might be someone I knew (taught, perhaps) many years ago. Sometimes it can even be someone I don’t really know at all (though when that happens, I usually decline, as politely as possible). But if I have agreed to do it, I am faced with the need to be true to the person who has asked me while also being honest to the person who will read it …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 August]

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