• When both your teachers make “discussion” an outlier on the low end of the checkboxes, I wonder if you are silent or too chatty.
  • So, the Japanese teacher said she had “no basis for judging” the student in the category of “original and creative thought”—which, that’s fine, learning a language—but then also marked no basis for “intellectual ability”. !!!
  • Contrarily, I’m happy to see that a chemistry/math teacher recognizes he cannot speak to originality, discussion, or quality of writing.
  • Oh, an application from the high school I went to. Oh, two. Is it wrong to say that I’m not that impressed when your letter is from the theology teacher? (even if they are calling it philosophy now)
  • If you are taking AP courses, but those teachers aren’t writing your letters—sorry to say, I’m not quite as impressed as I could be.
  • “I am delighted to recommend that he continue his education.” Um, I’m looking for students to clear a much higher bar than that.
  • Please don’t send stuff multiple times. That means I have to click on multiple files, and wait for them to load.
  • Don’t handwrite the goddamn letter of recommendation. For fuck’s sake.
  • I did not know there were high school students running their own business customizing other people’s shoes.
  • Don’t send three essays, none of which address any of our essay questions. WTF? I kinda want to teach you, but I don’t want to reward this bullshit application.
  • If you are a former prof who knows the students who get this scholarship, and say your student fits right in that group, yes, I give that a lot of weight. So use that power wisely.
  • I’m willing to accept that maybe your GPA is low because you just aren’t that good at math, or at science. But when you are getting a C in high school freshman Spanish?
  • Sure! I’ll give you achievement points for winning a Magic: The Gathering tournament.
  • Teachers who critique other classes: “Stu Dent did not take AP Lit senior year because the non-AP lit courses are taught by better teachers.” “Stu Dent had been encouraged to think art was all about self-expression, with no foundational skills in drawing.”
  • It’s cool to have one letter from a teacher who notes that you struggled in their class but didn’t give up. But you don’t want both letters to be saying that.
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