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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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Worried about letters of recommendation!

Hey guys, I'm a junior and starting to think about the college application process. One thing that's really stressing me out is the letters of recommendation. I haven't been able to connect with my teachers much because of online learning, and I'm not sure if they even know me well enough to write a strong letter. What should I do? How can I approach teachers for recommendations under these circumstances? Any tips or advice would be great!

9 months ago

I can understand your concerns regarding letters of recommendation in the context of online learning. It's not an ideal situation, but rest assured, many other students are in the same boat and colleges will likely be understanding under these circumstances.

To strengthen your chances, my first piece of advice would be to start communicating with your teachers by asking thoughtful questions or discussing assignments through email or virtual meetings if possible. This will help them get to know you better and demonstrate your engagement in their class.

Next, consider reaching out to teachers with whom you've had a more personal connection in the past (even if they weren't your main subject teachers), as they might be able to write a more personalized letter.

Finally, when you approach teachers for recommendations, provide them with a 'brag sheet' with information about your academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and future goals. This will give them more context when writing your letter, potentially leading to a stronger recommendation. Good luck!

9 months ago

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