Accidentally did not waive right to view forms. How bad?

<p>I am in a predicament. I have a college counselor who had access to my common application and made some changes to it with good intent but might have screwed me over. First of all, he did NOT waive my right to view my letter of recommendations after matriculation for both of my teachers. How bad is that?</p>

<p>Second of all, he listed my math teacher as my "science" teacher. My math teacher did teach me science last year, which is probably why he got confused and listed him as my science teacher and not math teacher. Is this a big deal too?</p>

<p>Guys please reply honestly. If this is bad, please tell me if there is anything I can do to rectify this, even if that includes me not submitting my application online but submitting everything by mail.</p>

<p>My college counselor is dumb. :(</p>

<p>Uh, the not waiving the right for recommendations is not a big deal.
It's optional...</p>

<p>& the second part isn't a big deal either.</p>

<p>Don't worry about any of it & by no means should you submit the things by mail if you've already submitted them online. This will only confuse and upset the admissions people lol..</p>

<p>But--why does your counselor have access to your common app. ?</p>

<p>I haven't submitted anything yet so it's not a problem. Well it is not a college counselor from my school but rather one that I go to for help. He helps with essays and all of that stuff. He's probably not called a "college counselor" but is someone who guides you through the SAT and college processes.</p>

<p>I know the waiving is optional but I heard that colleges believe that your recommender may not be honest if he/she knows that you will see his/her letter later on, thus they give the letter less credit.</p>

<p>Oh, well then can't you just undo what he did?</p>

<p>& by access do you mean like your Common App username/password?</p>

<p>If you are applying to highly selective schools, not waiving those recs could be a problem. Your counselor should not be filling out your forms under any circumstances. You should have the last go at them. If you are relegating that responsibility to someone else, then you deserve to take the consequences of their mistakes.</p>

<p>I intentionally didn't waive my right to view the letters. I feel strongly about this for two reasons really. Firstly I want to know what my recommenders said about me (as a naturally curious person) and secondly I don't entirely believe that anything about me should remain a secret from me for the rest of my life. If a college is willing to reject me solely based on that then it's clearly no college I'm interested in going to.</p>

<p>So take a breath, change your forms if you still can, and if you can't then remember the world has not ended. If it was truly horrible they wouldn't give you the option of waiving the right or not.</p>

<p>Cpt he is not my college counselor at my school but rather one who runs a business helping kids with the SAT, ACT, college applications, etc.</p>

<p>The applications have not been submitted but my teachers already submitted their letters. Can I delete their letters and re-invite them to re-send the letters, this time with my right waived? Is there anything I can do?</p>

<p>Any more feedback please? I emailed the Common App and they told me to delete the teachers and re-invite them. Has anyone ever had experience with this?</p>

<p>@ StudiousNutcase, while they do give you the option to waive your rights or not, at many selective private schools it does wave a red flag if you choose not to waive your rights. Many schools believe it shows a lack of trust in what your rec writers will say and does not allow them to be completely honest. I've heard the reason the option to not waive such rights has been allowed is because many have complained and are naturally curious. In my opinion and the opinion of my GC, it is usually best to waive your rights.</p>

<p>I am seriously not understanding why you can't edit the problem areas if they haven't been submitted yet.
Also, it doesn't matter who this counselor/coach is ...he/she should not have access to your Common App & they should know better than to ask for it and/or use it.</p>

<p>My counselor told me that it is HIGHLY recommended that you wave your right..
Reduces bias, not waving it kind of decreases the value of it</p>

<p>I definitely think you should resend your letters and waive your right to see them. Why was your college counselor allowed access to your teacher recs at all?</p>

<p>Okay why does this make sense to nobody? He is NOT my college counselor at school. His JOB is to help kids with the SAT, ACT, and college admissions. Therefore he has every kid's password. Too bad I guess he isn't that good at his job.</p>

<p>As for why I can't edit it, I don't know. I invited him to submit my letter online, which he did, and now I cannot change my waiving or any other settings. I am guessing because he submitted his letter it would make no sense to go back and changed the settings which he sent under.</p>

<p>****. It won't let me delete the letters either because them already submitted them.</p>

<p>they already submitted them*.</p>

<p>I haven't submitted my apps but they submitted the papers online and now it won't let me delete them.</p>

<p>Can I just forget this current commonapp account and make a new one? I am freaking out.</p>

<p>OMG the same thing happened to me too.I tried to delete my recommendations and then resend them but this didnt work .Does anybody know how I can change it?I want to waive my access(but its locked on the option which says that i do not want to waive my access)</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/common-application/1013426-guide-ferpa-rights.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/common-application/1013426-guide-ferpa-rights.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>thanks :)..</p>