Sample Letters of
A. For an excellent student whom you know well
January 17, 2007
It is a true pleasure for me to write this letter of recommendation
for Sandra Garcia, who was my student in Sociology 115, “Intro-
duction to Sociology,” in the winter term of 2006. Sandra is, with-
out question, one of the four or five most outstanding students I
have taught at Big State University in six semesters of teaching.
Sandra is a careful and creative thinker with an eye for details and a
devotion to logic, which serves her well both in the sciences and
outside them. She has the terrific ability to draw on her own experi-
ence and observations to develop thoughtful opinions on a variety
of issues. Sandra already knew she wanted to major in biology
when she took my course, but this did not diminish her intellectual
curiosity about the topics we covered in introductory sociology.
Her regular contributions to full-class discussions provided insight
both for her peers and for me as an instructor.
Sandra was also invaluable in small-group interaction with her
peers. Without my asking, she took on the responsibility of helping
her classmates consolidate vast amounts of information into coher-
ent sets of ideas, and she quickly became a study group leader. In
addition, Sandra was very generous with her time and energies. I
remember her meeting individually with a student from Thailand
several times before the final exam to help him master all the mater-
ial in a foreign tongue.
Sandra breaks the “scientist” stereotype with her writing: she was
the best writer in the two sections I taught that semester. And what
was perhaps even more impressive was that she took the task of
improving her writing as or more seriously than any other student
in the class. One of her essays was later published in the annual
magazine of the best undergraduate essays written in sociology.