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Can my siblings write my letters of recommendation?

Hey everyone, I have two older siblings who are both successful college graduates. Is it appropriate for them to write my letters of recommendation, or should I seek recommendations from teachers and other professionals?

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that your siblings are successful college graduates, but when it comes to letters of recommendation, it's generally preferred to get them from teachers or other professionals who can speak to your academic and extracurricular abilities.

The reason is that colleges value unbiased opinions, and family members, even accomplished ones, may not provide the necessary objectivity in their recommendations. Teachers, on the other hand, can provide specific examples of your academic strengths and work ethic, while other professionals, like coaches or club advisors, may address your leadership and personal qualities.

Of course, your siblings can still be great resources in the application process! They could offer useful advice, proofread your essays, or share their experiences. But when it comes to letters of recommendation, it's best to stick with those who can offer a more impartial perspective on your qualifications. Best of luck on your college journey!

9 months ago

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