2 years ago
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letters of recommendation question

I am leaning towards majoring in business or psychology and I previously asked my ap psychology/apush teacher and precalculus teacher for letters of recommendations because I have a really good personal connection with these teachers. Does that sound alright even though precalculus does not relate to my potential major?


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2 years ago

Hi! Thanks for asking this question!

I want to start off by saying that letters of rec don't really contribute to your admission decision too much. I would say about 2%.

The point of recommendation letters is to give an insight into who you are as a person and as a student in class. It doesn't really matter that pre-calculus isn't your major. In fact, getting a letter from your AP psychology teacher wouldn't really make much of a difference. As long as the teacher can provide meaningful insight into your life and personality, it doesn't really matter too much,

You have to realize that most admission officers have about 10-15 minutes to review your entire application. This includes test scores, grades, coursework, ECs, college essays, and at the end comes your letter of recommendation.

So I want to highlight here that don't stress too much about letters of recommendation. You can ask any teacher you want as long as your teachers have great moments that they can share.

Hope this helps and good luck!

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