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The Power of Teacher Recommendations

Updated: Jan 11

The College Application Process is not a process that you can be accomplishing alone.


It takes a team – and preferably, the best team. You want the members of your team to be warriors, fighting for you on the battlefield of acceptances and rejections.



If that’s the case, your team might be made up of your parents, a few close friends, maybe even a mentor or a boss or a college counselor. But your knights? Your beautiful silver steel champions who will slash through any rejection letter headed your way?


Those are, without a doubt, your teachers.


A lot of students underestimate the power of teacher recommendations. They often don’t spend enough time thinking about which teachers they should be choosing. But picking the right teacher, one that truly cares about you and will spend valuable time on the recommendation letter, is one of the most important parts of the process.


Let me tell you a story:


When I was in high-school, I loved my Spanish teacher. (Even if my Spanish speaking was less than fantastic).


I had him as a teacher for two years. In that time, I showed up several times to his lunch office hours and made a point to say hello at school football games and events.


We had a very friendly relationship outside of the classroom.


So, when it came time to ask for a recommendation, he was a no-brainer. I was so excited that he wrote me a recommendation, I sent it to every school I applied.


I never read what he wrote me.


But seeing his name on every one of my applications made me happy and confident.


You see, a great teacher relationship can lead to a great recommendation. And a great recommendation can lead to more confidence when applying to college, a HUGE morale boost for you.


Not only that, but colleges turn to the teachers to get an understanding of who you are as a person. Positive interactions turn into positive impressions on universities.


Finally, when you do have success and things DO turn out for the better – you have a wonderful member of your team to celebrate with.