Getting Letters of Recommendation for your College Application


"When seeking out individuals to write your letters of recommendation, avoid asking VIPs or those who you believe might have an “in” with the college or scholarship program if they don’t know you very well. A letter of recommendation from a prominent alumnus doesn’t carry much, if any, weight if he or she lacks firsthand knowledge of your personal qualities as they relate to the college’s admission requirements or scholarship’s selection criteria."

Getting a letter of recommendation is not a complicated business, but students tend to complicate matters when they don’t follow some basic rules.  Listen to this 6-minute podcast with Eva Feucht, Director of North Carolina State University's premier Park Scholarships Program, to discover these best practices.

...and, if you want to read some additional thoughts on the matter, check out my blogpost, "My Pet Peeve".



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Page Cvelich

College/Teen Program Manager

Page Cvelich has brought a wealth of knowledge to the Work/Life Center from prior experience as a high school guidance counselor and parent education coordinator. Page has been responsible for setting up a high school college and career center, designing a career exploration program for teens and serving as a counselor at a backpacking camp in the Rockies. In her role as Teen/College Program Manager, Page enjoys interacting with small groups of parents and teens, as well as consulting one-on-one with parents and referring them to resources so that they are better able to provide the support and encouragement their kids need.

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