A professor agreed to write me a letter of recommendation for a military program. He said 'yeah, send me a vita'. What is a vita?

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    I thought this was a silly question until I tried to google the (incorrect) spelling of vitae and saw all sorts of irrelevant stuff.
    – eykanal
    Commented Dec 19, 2014 at 1:22
  • For your second question, yes--send him instructions (if the program provides instructions for letter writers) or a link to the program page.
    – Kimball
    Commented Dec 19, 2014 at 1:39

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This is simply shorthand for curriculum vitae, also called a CV or resume. He's just asking you to send him your resume so he can list stuff you've done when writing your letter.

  • Does he want to know just stuff I did in the university, or my career in general? Commented Dec 19, 2014 at 2:32
  • Probably both, with an emphasis on academic stuff.
    – Gimelist
    Commented Dec 19, 2014 at 7:09

A "vita" is just a short term for a curriculum vitae (i.e., CV) which is similar to, but not exactly the same as, a resumé.

There are many questions on this site, like this one asking about how to create a CV and many other webpages which can help with figuring out how to write one.

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