Taught by A. Potasznik


Will I write a recommendation and/or be a reference for you?

If you meet the requirements below, I’m happy to be listed as a reference for you as you apply for internships, programs, and jobs. However, a sloppy request for such references will discourage me from associating myself with you in that regard. Here is a template¬†you may want to consider using with me or any other professor. Be sure to actually attach what you say you’re attaching, and DO NOT COPY IT WORD FOR WORD. It’s an example!

I’m comfortable writing recommendations for students who(m)…

  • I have known for at least 1 month.
  • I can confidently and comfortably recommend.
  • Have perfect attendance, or 2 or fewer excused and hw-complete absences.
  • Have an overall class average of 90 or above.
  • Have been attentive in class and engaged in discussions.
  • Have never had any issues with plagiarism or dishonesty with me.
  • Have taken a class with me within the last 2 years.
  • Give me complete information (as detailed above) when asking for a recommendation, without me having to remind them of the needed information.

Even if you meet all the criteria above, I may not have time to help you. The end of each semester is especially crazy. Rushed or sloppy requests will be disregarded. Neither I nor any professor is obligated to help you in this way, so make sure your request is punctual, neat, and polite.

Keep in mind that since 285 is not a technical class, I will not be able to vouch for your technical ability in recommendations.

By the way… did you know that if you have the option to waive access to a reference letter once it is written, you should? If you don’t waive this right, admissions and hiring departments value the letter less. Please keep this unspoken rule in mind when you submit applications.

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