Letters of Recommendation

It is often the case that students will ask me to write a letter of recommendation (LOR) for various things like applications to graduate schools, for scholarships, jobs, to be a Stetson Ambassador or RA, study abroad, etc. Writing LORs is part of what it means to be a professor, and I am happy to do so for students. This is a pay-it-forward kind of thing as I asked my professors to write LORs for me for various things. I get excited when I can be a small part of a student's earning a prestigious scholarship or getting into grad school.

There are a few things you should be aware of before you ask me to write a LOR for you:








Letters of recommendation are important in applications for grad schools, scholarships, and jobs. I usually do not hear back from schools or scholarship foundations to whom I write letters, but not too long ago, I did. Click here to read the letter I received that gives you some indication as to how important they are. (I blacked out the student's name to protect her or his identity.)

Okay, that is a lot to think about, but I want you to think about it early and often. Most of what I have said applies to most professors. Please develop good relationships with a professor or two in your field so he or she can get to know you well enough to write a strong, comprehensive LOR when you need one.

As always, if you have any questions, just ask!