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Can I submit letters of recommendation from non-academic sources?

Hey everyone! I'm a high school junior, and I've been thinking about who I should ask for letters of recommendation. Is it okay to submit letters from non-academic sources like my employer, coach, or volunteer coordinator? Or should I stick to teachers and counselors? Thanks in advance!

10 months ago

Hi there! It's great to see that you're already thinking about your letters of recommendation. While teacher and counselor recommendations are generally considered the most important, non-academic letters can also be valuable in showcasing different aspects of your personality and experiences. For example, if you have a long-term involvement with a particular extracurricular activity, a letter from a coach or volunteer coordinator could be helpful in highlighting your commitment, leadership, and teamwork skills. Similarly, if you've had a job that you've excelled in and can demonstrate your work ethic and responsibility, a letter from your employer can be a strong addition to your application. That said, it's essential to carefully read the requirements of each college you're applying to, as some may have specific guidelines on who should write your recommendations. In most cases, it's best to have at least one or two strong academic recommendations and then consider adding a non-academic letter if it adds a unique perspective. Best of luck with your applications!

10 months ago

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