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Letters of Recommendation

  1. Do not assume that information about you is fresh in the memory of the person from whom you will be asking a letter of reference. Also, writing a letter of reference is a difficult task, so do not assume everyone you ask will be willing to do this for you.
  1. You may find your writer will become more receptive to your request if you supply a list of your important points. On a separate sheet of paper you might supply your writer with: a listing of the courses you have taken, or the job positions you have held, or your extracurricular activities, community activities, other significant life experiences, or any other piece of information that might help your writer better describe you. If you have a resume put together, that works very well also.
  1. Ask someone that knows you. You want that individual to be able to tell the reader more about you than what they can read on a transcript. Choose someone that can talk about you as a person as well as a student. Supplying the writer with the information in Item #2 will help them write a more complete letter.
  1. Ask, but don’t pressure an individual to write a recommendation for you. If the person appears hesitant, perhaps you would be better served by asking someone else.
  1. When your request has been accepted, resend the information in Item #2 along with an addressed, stamped envelope and directions for what to do with the letter when completed.
  1. If you will be graduating, but not transferring right away, you may still want to request letters of recommendation for your file. This way when you are ready to apply in the future you will have everything you need.