by Lauren Randle, former admissions officer at Georgetown University
This year, perhaps more than ever, words matter. Your teacher’s words. About you. I’m talking about letters of recommendation, and the reason I am discussing this with high school juniors earlier than usual, is that this year presents a unique set of challenges (understatement of the century?). But it’s not just about recommendation letters. It’s about human connection—even in our current virtual world—and why college campuses may particularly appreciate this in prospective students. To the juniors out there, know that your current teachers have unique insight on how you conduct yourself and your learning in a challenging time, and colleges will be listening.