Strong recommendations are key to getting into the graduate school of your choice. For master programs, you can usually get recommendation letters from either a professor or an employee. Depending on your field of study and the school you are applying, you might have to submit one of each. Before asking people to write you a recommendation, you need to first consider who would be the best to speak to your abilities and your potential.
It is also important to make sure to ask if he/she can write you a good recommendation. Most people will be honest and let you know whether or not they can write you a sold recommendation. Potential recommenders may also want more specific information from you to help them write a better letter. Below is an example of a recommendation letter that was successfully used to obtain admission into a prestigious graduate school.
Sample Recommendation For Graduate School
To Whom It May Concern:
It is both a privilege and an honor to heartily recommend Kurt Park as a candidate for the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. My recommendation comes from a unique perspective and therefore I hope will prove of value in your consideration of Kurt Park. First, I was an English teacher in Korea myself. I believe I understand the challenges and responsibilities that are inherent in this career choice. Second, I have had the privilege to mentor and work with Kurt Park and therefore can attest to his unique attributes, which will make him a stalwart choice for any educational institution in search of a young leader who is deeply passionate about his work.
Obviously teaching in Korea is not for everyone. It takes a certain type of person who has the strength of character, personal integrity, mental and cultural aptitude to teach successfully in Korea. Kurt is such a person. Kurt is not only well versed in the subject area but is patient and teaches in a manner well beyond his experience. I have found Kurt to be reliable, punctual and conscientious. In addition, Kurt has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages. His ability to connect with his students and his talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly superior. He has excellent written and verbal communication skills, is extremely organized, reliable and computer literate. Kurt can work independently and is able to follow through to ensure that the job gets done. He accomplishes these tasks with great initiative and with a very positive attitude.
I also believe that Kurt’s cultural connection to his mother and father’s native home – South Korea – gives him a unique perspective. He brings to the table language skills of English, French, Korean and a multi-cultural awareness that is clearly necessary in South Korea. On the weekends, Kurt volunteers a few hours of his time teaching English to North Korean refugees. I find this to be very honorable and I know that he enjoys the work because he will often indulge me with the horrific stories of oppression he’s heard from his students who have had first-hand experiences of living in North Korea’s brutal regime. It is all quite fascinating and I can see why he has immersed himself in it. He is very interested in the relationship between North and South Korea and I always see him reading books pertaining to this particular subject. His decision to apply to the Fletcher School came from his desire to further his studies in East Asian affairs, particularly concerning the Korean peninsula.
I have spent several months working with Kurt Park and can attest to his mental acuity, his competitive spirit and his sense of fairness. I am completely convinced that not only can he handle the challenges of the rigorous academics at Tufts University, but he will flourish in doing so. I truly believe that your institute will benefit from having helped him pursue his path. In short, it gives me great pride to recommend in the fullest of terms that you strongly consider Kurt Park as a candidate for your school. Please let me know if I may be of further service to you as you consider Kurt’s application.