I guess this is normal practice at a lot of Universities, here, or so I’ve hard from other teachers. You write your own reference letter and then email it, and it gets printed and stamped by the person who is or was your supervisor.
I suppose it’s one way to make sure you get the reference letter you want, but it’s odd. Doesn’t this result in other people basically knowing you’ve written your own reference letters? Doesn’t it mean that people all read them knowing you’re writing about yourself? I find it kind of interesting, though, since, as a blogger, I’m always writing about my own life. But in this context, I just find it very interesting.
In any case, I’ve just written my own reference letter, and I’ll be going off to Iksan tomorrow to morning to meet the professor whose name is on it, to pick up the — I imagine — somewhat altered copy she’ll print and stamp for me. Then, maybe, in the afternoon, it’ll be time for the big fun: treatment of a cavity under one of my fillings in one of my molars, the only remaining dental problem according to the dentist who scaled my teeth last week. Though if this sore throat gets any worse, it may have to wait another week.