Le scuole negli Stati Uniti richiedono, in addizione a tutti gli altri documenti, anche un minimo di due lettere di raccomandazione.
Le lettere di raccomandazione devono essere scritte da due professori, uno dei quali dev’essere il professore di inglese. Generalmente nelle High School americane gli studenti non leggono queste lettere perchè sono considerate “private”, ma dato che siamo in Italia dovrai essere tu a mandarle alle altre scuole, e quindi in grado di leggerle.
Una lettera di raccomandazione dovrebbe avere le seguenti caratteristiche:
- Precisa valutazione nella materia specifica, con commenti riguardo eventuali problemi durante l’anno e, se presenti, di come lo studente sia riuscito a superarli.
- Aspetti della personalità e del comportamento in classe dello studente.
- Eventuali situazioni difficili che lo studente ha dovuto superare.
- Relazione presente con lo studente e per quale motivo si pensa sia stati scelti per scrivere la lettera di raccomandazione.
- Altre qualità osservate dal professore
Per chiedere una lettera di raccomandazione, e essere sicuri che sia efficace, raccomandiamo dire al professore che tipo di qualità vorreste che siano incluse. Per esempio, se il professore accetta di scrivere una lettera, è utile dare al professore una lista che include: (1) momenti durante l’anno scolastico dove avete dimostrato di essere buoni studenti, (2) qualità che avete dimostrato nello studio / fuori da scuola (3) qualunque altra cosa che riteniate sia giusto ricordare al professore.
Ricordatevi che i professori sono molto impegnati, e scrivere una lettera di raccomandazione non fa parte del loro lavoro. Per questo motivo, se potete facilitare questa richiesta il più possibile, il professore apprezzerà molto (magari, anche offrire di avere una conversazione al di fuori della scuola così che il professore vi possa conoscere meglio a livello personale).
Ovviamente le lettere devono essere scritte in inglese, preferibilmente direttamente dal professore (eventualmente se il tuo prof prescelto non sa parlare inglese si puo’ far dare una mano da un prof di lingua o potete direttamente scriverla in inglese).
Qui sotto ci sono alcuni esempi di lettere che possono sempre tornare utili!
Dear Admissions Committee,
I had the pleasure of teaching Sara in her 11th grade honors English class at Mark Twain High School. From the first day of class, Sara impressed me with her ability to be articulate about difficult concepts and texts, her sensitivity to the nuances within literature, and her passion for reading, writing, and creative expression- both in and out of the classroom. Sara is a talented literary critic and poet, and she has my highest recommendation as a student and writer.
Sara is talented at considering the subleties within literature and the purpose behind authors’ works. She produced an extraordinary year-long thesis paper on creative identity development, in which she compared works from three different time periods and synthesized cultural and historical perspectives to inform her analysis. When called upon to give her thesis defense in front of her peers, Sara spoke clearly and eloquently about her conclusions and responded to questions in a thoughtful way. Outside of the classroom, Sara is dedicated to her literary pursuits, especially to poetry. She publishes her poetry in our school’s literary magazine, as well as in online magazines. She is an insightful, sensitive, and deeply self-aware individual driven to explore art, writing, and a deeper understanding of the human condition.
Throughout the year Sara was an active participant in our discussions, and she always supported her peers. Her caring nature and personality allow her to work well with others in a team setting, as she always respects others’ opinions even when they differ from her own. When we held a class debate about gun laws, Sara opted to speak for the side opposite her own views. She explained her choice as motivated by a desire to put herself in other people’s shoes, view the issues from a new perspective, and gain a clearer sense of the issue from all angles. Throughout the year, Sara demonstrated this openness to and empathy for the opinions, feelings, and perspectives of others, along with shrewd powers of observation, all qualities that makes her outstanding as a student of literature and burgeoning writer.
I am certain that Sara is going to continue to do great and creative things in her future. I highly recommend her for admission to your undergraduate program. She is talented, caring, intuitive, dedicated, and focused in her pursuits. Sara consistently seeks out constructive feedback so she can improve her writing skills, which is a rare and impressive quality in a high school student. Sara is truly a stand-out individual who will impress everyone she meets. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at email@example.com.
Mark Twain High School
Dear Admissions Committee,
It is my pleasure to recommend Joe, who I taught in my 11th grade math class. Joe demonstrated tremendous effort and growth throughout the year and brought a great energy to class. He has that combination of a positive attitude and the belief that he can always improve that’s rare in a high school student, but so essential to the learning process. I am confident that he will continue to display the same commitment and diligence in everything he does. I highly recommend Joe for admission to your school.
Joe would not describe himself as a math person. He’s told me on several occasions that all the numbers and variables make his mind go fuzzy. Joe did, in fact, struggle to comprehend the material at the beginning of the year, but his response to this is what really struck me. Where so many others have given up, Joe took on this class as a welcome challenge. He stayed after school for extra help, got extra tutoring at the nearby college, and asked questions in and out of class. Due to all his hard work, Joe not only raised his grades, but he also inspired some of his classmates to stay after for extra help, as well. Joe truly demonstrated a growth mindset, and he inspired his peers to adopt that valuable perspective, too. Joe helped contribute to our classroom environment as one where all students can feel supported and able to ask questions.
Joe’s strong belief in his ability to acquire new skills and improve through practice was likely shaped by his years as a baseball player. He’s played all through high school and is one of the team’s most valuable players. In his final for our class, Joe designed an impressive project calculating and analyzing batting averages. While he initially described himself as not a math person, Joe reaped the benefits of his tremendous effort and found a way to make the subject come alive for him in a way that he was personally invested in. As a teacher, it is incredibly fulfilling to witness a student make this kind of academic and personal progress.
Joe is a trustworthy, reliable, good-humored student and friend who supports others in and out of the classroom. He was a pleasure to have in class, and his positive attitude and belief in himself, even in the face of difficulty, is an immensely admirable asset. I’m confident that he will continue to demonstrate the same diligence, perseverance, and optimism that he showed myself and his peers. I highly recommend Joe for admission to your undergraduate program. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Euclid High School