Letters of introduction

In the past fortnight, I have received the following offers:

‘I’ll email my friend for you.  She teaches art history.’

‘I’ll introduce you to my former graduate student.  Let me have your email address.’

‘Let me send your CV to some people I know.’

It all feels very retro to me.  I’m wondering if I can get away without a passport at all, maybe with a laissez-passer written by some grand earl or other.  What will happen when I get to Chicago with my introductions?  Shall I go and call on all these people?  Just because we have a mutual friend/ colleague/ acquaintance, what are they supposed to do for me?  Why should they care?

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About scepticalexpat

British 30something wannabe academic, moving to Chicago for three years in August 2010.
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