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wow that sucks, hope you don't miss any important deadlines. You should definitely sit down and explain to your mom that if it doesn't say her name it's not for her

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Lolerskaterz - you clearly don't have any experience with this, so I'll help clarify it for you: not only is it mail, it's a recommendation- schools will NOT take an opened recommendation letter, they are automatically disqualified. Also, I've had busy profs like the OP, and I can imagine how humiliating it would be to ask for another letter- some profs are really jerks about that type of thing, and I can think of a couple in my time that would have refused to write another letter, and I'm sure it's same for the OP. This is a real FYL, not a YDI, and besides the inconvenience and humiliation for the OP, it's a felony for her mom to open mail that isn't hers.

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wow that sucks, hope you don't miss any important deadlines. You should definitely sit down and explain to your mom that if it doesn't say her name it's not for her

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The schools typically ask for the professor to sign over the seal, to make sure they haven't been opened. Unless he can forge the professor's signature, he's SOL.

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Ah, thank you, #15. I did not know that. Well, even if he's inredibly busy, he has time to sign his name. Don't read it, seal it in a new envelope and ask him to sign it. It's not like he has to re-write it. I doubt this is the first time it has ever happened.

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#28, that seems like a good solution, but it looks bad to go back to a professor and ask for them to RE SIGN a document that was supposed to be confidential. Technically, they'd be lying. =/ Also, what if they went to college far away from where they live? I go to school in Georgia and I'm from Virginia. If you aren't in school, you can't necessarily waltz in during office hours and quickly have them re-signed. This is a total FML.

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I think you need to explain to your mum that if her name isn't on it, it's not for her and to not open. If she really wants to know what's in there, she can ask you. Hopefully you'll be able to get it sorted, I'm not sure how you'd go about doing that, I guess new envelopes or maybe asking for time to get new copies or something...

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Well, I'm not sure how to take that in the first place. But also, I just say of what I think, chances are that there'll always be bits that other people have said/will say.

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