• So You Would Like a College Letter of Recommendation from Me?  (Why me?)

    It’ll be my pleasure to write it for you as long as you first do your part.


    1)    Remind me how long we have known each other and in what context: the courses you’ve taken with me including the year, level, grade, etc.; any related activities such as Italian Club, the tour of  Italy, any special recognition, any memorable moments, etc.

    2)    What are the first words that come to mind when describing yourself? (This is one of the first questions that a college admissions officer will ask you. It’s better not to hesitate in your response. Let’s see how well you know yourself.)

    3)    Provide me with precise information: an academic/personal résumé listing awards, special achievements, extracurricular activities, community service, work experience, personal interests, etc.

    4)    Tell me about your personal and professional goals. Why do you want to go to college? What are you planning to study there? Are you going to pursue your Italian studies at the college level? Where do you see yourself in five years? In ten years?

    5)    With your materials, include your name, contact information, your counselor’s name, any deadlines, any particular notes, etc.


    Now this may seem like a lot, but I assure you that it won’t take more than one study hall period. Most of this will have been requested by your counselor.

    Just think: I’ll be spending hours crafting a fine, detailed letter of recommendation for you that may make a big difference in the rest of your life. These letters take a lot of time. Please be patient. After you hand in all the requested information, you will have to give me at least two weeks to compose the letter. Capisci? No exceptions.

    Please take the time to help me help you.  Va bene?