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Get a Great Recommendation

Universities receive a lot of student recommendation letters.

Your goal is to make yours stand out as much as possible.

While you can’t actually write your recommendation letter, you can make every effort to allow the writer of yours to write as strong a letter as possible.

The first step is to pick the best writer.

The best writer is someone who thinks you are pretty great and is happy to write a letter saying as much.

Some colleges think the best writers are also teachers in a core field such as English, math, history or science. Many students know this as well, so some of these teachers get asked by a lot of students to write these letters.

You may have to come up with more than one potential letter writer in case your top choice is too busy to write yours.

Make the letter writing process as easy as you can for your writer. Give them all the necessary paperwork and guidelines for your particular college.

Give them plenty of time to write your letter. You don’t want your writer to have to hurriedly write yours just days before the university deadline.

You can also give your writer a short summary of your school and personal history which may help them to write about you.

Teachers have lots of students and it can be hard for them to keep each student’s details straight, so include some facts about yourself in your summary to make it easier for your teacher to write about you. They will appreciate it.

Crush the Essay

The essay section of the college application is probably the most critical part of the entire application.

A perfectly thought-out and executed essay can put your application over the top of other applications with similar grades and test scores.

There are two components to the essay. There is the topic and there is the mechanics of the writing.

Coming up with the perfect topic is hard. You are trying to find a topic that is unusual and special to you.

You don’t want to write about something that numerous students have written about before. And you want to find a topic that is unique to your situation and is something that you can really write something strong about.

When you come up with your topic, you should take a moment and run it by your guidance counselor and see if he or she thinks that it is an okay topic.

Once you get the okay from your counselor, you need to start writing. When you’re done writing, you need to write it again.

Then you need to write it again.

You need to show it to people who know how to write, get their feedback and use it to continue to edit it.

When you’re done, you will hopefully have an essay that is on a great topic and mechanically perfect.

Your essay is really important, and it’s one of the few things at this point you can control.

Make it as good as you can.

Lead Not Follow

College recruiters want to see applicants who have belonged to a nice variety of clubs and organizations both in school and outside of school.

But besides merely being members of organizations, recruiters really want to see applicants who have lead or have shown leadership characteristics while being involved with these groups.

So think about this for a moment.

You usually can’t just join a group and suddenly take on a leadership role. You generally have to belong to a group for a while before you can lead it.

So you need to start joining these groups while you are a freshman or sophomore so that you will be able to grow into a leadership position when you are a junior or senior.

If you can’t become the group president or vice-president, try to do something within the group that demonstrates leadership, creativity and organizational skills.

Recruiters are more interested in applicants who can show commitment and leadership to a few organizations rather than to applicants who are involved with many different activities and organizations, but can’t show a concentrated commitment to any one of them.

Start Something to Get Noticed

College admissions officers like to see the word “started” on the applications they are reviewing.

Most schools believe that if a student was involved in starting something, it shows initiative, creativity and leadership beyond being merely a member of a group.

While belonging to and participating in organizations is a characteristic that universities really want to see in their applications, leadership and entrepreneurship is valued even more.

And it doesn’t matter that much what it is you started. It could be a club at school or a small, one-person business.

What it is doesn’t matter as much as what you did with it.

Starting something is a terrific way to show you have some of the qualities that colleges really want to see.

So do it if you can.