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While applying to colleges in the States, there are certain documents needed to complete your application. Documents like your grades in high school, your financial status, letters of recommendations, etc. Letters of recommendation give the admissions officer proof of your academic rigor. It is sort of like a testimony by your teachers and counsellors about how you are in a classroom.
The recommendations that accompany your application are incredibly important and informative. An average student in the 80th percentile with truly outstanding recommendations may be preferable to an outstanding student in the 99th percentile whose teachers are not able to come up with more original adjectives than “hardworking” and “diligent”.
Here are some pointers for communicating with both your school counselor and teachers when requesting a recommendation.
Following these steps will lead to good recommendations which will impress the admissions officer. As discussed before, our main aim is to create a good impression and stand out through our application. Since, the applicant is going to be competing directly with other applicants from his/her region/high school, standing out is very important. Excellent letters of recommendation will help us achieve this goal.