Letters of recommendation 101

Recorded Thursday, October 21 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


A good letter of rec is easy to come by, but a standout letter takes some planning and foresight. Today, Shravya will walk you through the steps involved in asking and preparing for a letter of rec to optimize your chances of getting into your dream school(s).

She’ll cover who to ask, how to ask them, and what you can do to ensure your recommendation best reflects how you want to be portrayed. She'll also touch on how letters are reviewed by admissions committees to give you a better idea of their role in the application process.

Come prepared to take notes and ask questions, as there will be time throughout the session for Shravya to interact with you all, as well as a Q&A at the end!

Your host

Undergrad College: Rice University '20

Work Experience: During my time at Rice, I mentored dozens of high school students through the college application process, along with editing essays and tutoring students for the ACT/SAT. I also interned at a medical technology startup, conducted research in Brazil, and gave a TEDx talk. I recently finished applying to medical school; I've been admitted to multiple schools, and will be starting in the Fall.

My Admissions Story: I remember feeling very blindsided by the admissions process and not knowing where to begin. I hope that sharing my experiences and some of the things I’ve learned along the way will help guide other students in a similar boat.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Shravya and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
13:15@AstroUvU:letters of recommendation makes it more likely to get a job, correct?
17:58@chumis_1115:are teachers the only ones or can we ask admin thats seen our growth?
18:13@penster:Do you also need to get guidance counselor rec?
19:38@SDulay:Are we allowed to ask our employers to write a letter of recommendation? (For the optional ones)
20:23@guest:will you use the same letters of rec for every application?
26:28@maria_sukhomlinova:While applying as an international student, how formal does the translation of rec letters (verification, etc.) have to be?
27:40@jsnake:how to apologize for asking more last minute?
29:43@maria_sukhomlinova:Translation with a verified company)
30:28@Lane:I’m a sophomore, should I ask for letters of rec yet?
36:15@penster:you mentioned that coach or employer might not be familiar with format. How do you help them
37:32@Lane:The Election Administer said that she would write a letter of rec for my job as an election clerk but I don’t even know her. Should I still use her letter?
39:18@Bree1:Can you take out letter of recommendation and add another in the commin app ?
40:00@jsnake:Is showing growth more important than excelling in a teachers class?
41:00@SDulay:I want to diversify the letters of rec i have (1 math 1 french), is that a good idea?
41:35@penster:do guidance counselor read recommendations and advise you which to use
42:22@miiiiiich:Can you ask a friend that has been member of an organization with you?
43:19@maria_sukhomlinova:Would bio/chem and history be a good match?
43:48@Nata:Is there anything specific to rice that you recommend for letters of rec. how much weight does letters of rec carry on applications for rice
46:56@SDulay:are we able to view these streams after as well? or are they only live?
47:48@Lane:Does the letters need to be diverse, like can i do debate and history?
48:55@SDulay:I work for a federal charity in Canada and was wondering if it is a good idea to ask my team lead to write one. Would this be a good idea?
50:52@Bree1:Does it matter if the recommender is a good writer? My ROTC instructor knows me well but I am assuming is not the best writer
52:00@miiiiiich:Can you read the letter before they submit it ?
52:50@SDulay:More to the previous question, they have been working with the charity for 4+years and we work to create STEM/Data science challenges for high school/undergrad students to participate in. (I am interested in going into the Data science field, and it relates to my overall application)
55:06@Lane:It it weird that a Sophomore is watching this?
56:49@Lane:Thank you very much. This helped a lot
56:51@penster:thank you
57:04@Jazmine:thank you


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