Everyone here is usually so helpful with my questions. My last one was about the ethics of applying for a PHD program for funding and leaving after completing a master's. I agree with the bulk of your suggestions that going into it without meaning to finish is not a great means to an end. It's hard to understand the line in academia between "getting ahead" and "clawing out the eyes of everyone else". I hate that it seems to be that either/or and I hope when I eventually make it into grad school it's....not a way in which I need to live my academic life.
I have another question and was hoping you all could help. Not exactly about grad school, but about LORs. In 2009 I asked a professor I greatly respect and admire if she would be willing to write me a rec letter for an internship. I ended up never applying for said internship and, at this point, probably never will. The sealed letter is still in my possession. I am curious as all get out to read it, but I feel slightly uneasy about the ethics there.
Is it wrong for me to read a rec letter written for me that I'll never use? Thoughts?