You’ve got your college application under your belt, your personal statements are coming along swimmingly, and you even have all of your financial aid paperwork down pat. Now the only item you have left to check off your college application to-do list is to approach the people who have made your last three years of high school worth it.
Not sure who to consult to write your letters of rec to your dream colleges? We’ve got you covered.
Here’s a list of the ones in your life who have really made your high school life great. We’ve even taken out the crystal ball to give you a free prediction of what your letters of rec will look like! (It’s a good deal, especially if you’re into those expensive psychic hotlines.)
Your Favorite Teacher and/or a Teacher Whose Class You Enjoyed
Why You Should Ask Them: These are the teachers you’ve probably had more than once. You didn’t have to take Ceramics III, but you loved Intro to Painting so much that you simply had to take that teacher’s other class. Chances are, you’ve even had a discussion with them about your college plans, and out of all of the faculty and staff on campus, they know what your dreams and aspirations are, along with your strong points in the classroom.
What They’ll Discuss: They’ll talk about why they enjoyed having you as a student, and they’ll be sure to mention what made you a standout. If you’re thinking of majoring in biology and you ask your favorite bio teacher, they’ll probably mention something about your interest in the sciences (provided you’ve mentioned it to them, and reminded them about it when you request a letter of rec).
A Teacher from Your Toughest Class
Why You Should Ask Them: Sounds counter-intuitive, right? But think about the class you struggled the most in—and in which you overcame your greatest obstacles in high school. What they can offer that no other teacher can is show how much potential you have to grow as a student.
What They’ll Discuss: They’ll probably mention how well you work as a student—whether you persevere against the odds to achieve your goals, or you’re a fast learner. You know how to troubleshoot your shortcomings, which is valuable in college and later in life.