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Help! My teacher sent my recommendation before I even applied!

Question: I'm applying to an Ivy League college via Early Decision, and so I asked my teacher for a recommendation a while ago because I wanted to give her plenty of time to work on it. I had told her that there was no rush because the ED deadline isn't until the start of November. I asked her to please tell me before mailing the rec letter to be certain that my application had already been submitted. However, she told me today that she has sent in the rec letter already. I HAVEN'T EVEN SUBMITTED MY APPLICATION YET! The admissions people won't have a clue who I am, and my application isn't nearly ready to send. This is a big mess. What should I do?

First, take a deep breath! This is totally normal. College folks get materials all the time before the application arrives. They simply put all the stuff that doesn't match an applicant's name into a carefully organized "general file." So, when your application does show up, the secretarial staff will go through the general file to see if any of your materials are in there. See ... no sweat. :-)

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