It’s almost October 1, commonly known as FAFSA time around here, and we have guidance for those completing the form this fall. We also have advice for teacher recommendations, from how they’re used to who to ask to how to ask for them. In Office Hours, we’re working through the supplemental questions for Haverford, Swarthmore, and Bryn Mawr, three colleges on the outskirts of Philadelphia.
With spring now officially underway, we have to ask: high school juniors, do you know who will be writing letters of recommendation for your college application? If not, let this video serve as your official notice that it’s time to start figuring that out. Teachers—especially the popular ones—get very busy with recommendations once the fall gets underway, and you don’t want to be last on a teacher’s priority list (or, worse, not on her list at all because you waited too long to ask). How then can you decide what teachers to ask for letters of recommendation? Find out in the latest installment of our video series, We Can Explain.
If you will be applying to college next year, you will very shortly be in the market for teacher recommendations, and you may be wondering what teachers you should ask for these recommendations. Should you always ask the teacher who gave you the best grade?