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Are recommendation letters a must for college applications?

Hey, I'm a junior and I'm starting to think about college applications. I was wondering if recommendation letters are always required or if it depends on the college. Also, any tips on how to ask teachers for recommendation letters would be super helpful!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're starting to think about college applications early. To answer your question, recommendation letters are often required, but it does depend on the college. Most colleges, especially more competitive ones, require at least one or two letters from teachers, while some may also ask for a letter from a counselor or other adult who knows you well.

When it comes to asking for recommendation letters, it's important to choose teachers who know you well and can speak to your strengths, both academically and personally. Try to ask them at least a month or two before the deadline to give them plenty of time to write a thoughtful letter.

You might want to consider providing them with a 'brag sheet'—a document that highlights your achievements, extracurricular activities, and any other relevant information. This can help them write a more detailed and personalized letter. And don't forget to thank them afterwards, whether it's with a heartfelt note or a small token of appreciation.

Best of luck with your college applications!

9 months ago

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