Lesson 14: Letters of Recommendation
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When asking teachers for letters, try to ask those teachers in core subjects like:
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If you need multiple letters, you should try to get teachers in multiple core subjects. Also, ask teachers [show-hide] who know who you are. [/show-hide]
What are colleges looking for?
– They want to know your [show-hide] attitude [/show-hide] and [show-hide] behavior [/show-hide] in and out of class
– [show-hide] What will you bring to campus [/show-hide]
– Be wise about selecting your teacher because a [show-hide] bad letter [/show-hide] can be a bad thing!
When to ask your teacher?
– [show-hide] EARLY!!!! [/show-hide]
The best teachers always get the most requests, so you don’t want to get caught behind a pack of other letters to write and papers to grade.
How to approach your teacher
Don’t go unprepared. Take a folder with you.
What to include in the folder : [show-hide]
1. An addressed, stamped envelope for each school not on the Common Application that requires a letter of recommendation
2. Your essay or personal statement
3. Your resume
4. A full list of the colleges to which you are applying and their respective deadlines
5. A note of appreciation for the teacher[/show-hide]