With the college application process on the horizon for next year’s admission cycle, it’s important for students to begin considering who they will approach for letters of recommendation. A recent New York Times article by Rebecca Sabky, a former admissions director at Dartmouth, presents a unique story about one candidate’s recommendation letter. Sabky recounts an application that included a letter of recommendation from a school custodian. The custodian described the student’s thoughtfulness and respect for everyone in the school. Sabky states that “in the chaos of SAT scores, extracurriculars and recommendations, one quality is always irresistible in a candidate: kindness.” Students are consistently striving to find what will set them apart from other applicants, and, as this story demonstrates, that can be as simple as acts of compassion and kindness. Sabky says, “Colleges should foster the growth of individuals who show promise not just in leadership and academics, but also in generosity of spirit.” You can read the full article here.
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