Letters of Recommendation
Even though you will not be writing
your own recommendations, they are your responsibility. Know what
forms the colleges require. Most colleges request that your guidance
counselor complete a recommendation form and submit an official
transcript. Make certain that your high school guidance office
has submitted these forms at least three weeks before the application
A word of caution about letters
of recommendation unsolicited by the college: the
letter from the college alumnus who works with your father but
who has only met you twice will have no impact. A good rule of
thumb is to submit only letters written by those who have observed
your performance in some area, be it athletics, drama or a summer
job. Also, avoid too many (more than three) recommendations.
In addition to the school/counselor
recommendation, you will be asked to submit teacher recommendations.
Be aware of these requirements and then pick teachers who know
you and will take the time to write a meaningful assessment of
your performance. You may want to schedule a fifteen minute conference
with these teachers to make certain they are well informed about
you. It is helpful to give them information about yourself and
your interests and school and community extra-curricular activities.
You should provide your teachers with an addressed and stamped
envelope with the recommendation form. Make teachers aware of
deadlines and contact them near these deadlines to make certain
that the recommendations were mailed.
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