Posts Tagged "recommendation letters"

How to Get a Recommendation Letter if You Are Not an ‘A’ Student

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Communicating with Professors, General, General College Success/Responses to Other College Entities | 10 comments

Dear Student Who Isn’t Acing Classes, I’m dedicating this post to you. You are nearing the end of an academic term/year. I know you’ve heard about the critical importance of networking with your profs, getting recommendation letters, etc. You may be letting this suggestion pass you by, but I am going to beg you not to. You deserve a recommendation letter, even if you didn’t do as well as you would have liked. Grades are a measurement of a body of work and performance over a limited period of time. Are they important and often reflective of performance? Absolutely. But they do not always tell the entire story. Get your profs to tell more of your...

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Word. Friday. Say it Now: “Can I connect with you on…?”

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in Communicating with Professors, General | 2 comments

(Pardon the two days late on my usual Word. Wednesday. post. Being gone all last weekend on the faculty retreat and having a book out there in the world has been a new source of wonderful and challenging in my life. Anyway, I’m combining Wednesday’s usual post with the great day of Friday. Thank you for having some patience with me as I find my groove again!) What’s the Word? (A phrase!) “Can I connect with you on…?” Many of you are coming to the end of school right now. Again, in the Pacific Northwest, our students have over a month left, but that’s beside the point. (Our summer weather starts almost in September, just so you...

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Word. Wednesday. Say it Now: “Would you consider…?”

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in Communicating with Professors, General | 0 comments

  What’s the Word? (This time, it’s actually another phrase.) “Would you consider…?” As in: -”Would you consider serving as a reference for me? I’m thinking of applying for a job this summer.” -”Would you be willing to write a letter of recommendation for me? I’m applying to get into my degree program.” -”Would you fill out this scholarship application for me?” Why am I choosing something so simple this week? Have I already run out of good ideas of things to tell you to say? No way. But let’s think about this: We’re in early April. When most students approach me for...

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