In addition to invitations and thank-you notes, this is also the season of asking for letters of recommendation. The Everyday Sociology Blog has some good tips:
- Come to class regularly
- Participate in class
- If you are struggling, seek help. I have written many recommendations for students who were not at the top of the class but worked really hard.
- Take responsibility for your challenges; if you are concerned about a grade, ask what you can do to improve your work rather than argue about points. Someone only seeking a higher grade could be missing a major learning opportunity?and employers prefer to hire people open to receiving feedback.
- If completing a group project, be respectful of teammates? ideas and do all the tasks you agreed to do. Many recommendation forms ask how well you can work with others.
- Be polite to your professor, teaching assistant (if applicable) and fellow students.
Also, ask for recommendation letters well in advance, and give professors addressed, stamped envelopes (or whatever else they need), along with a summary of your work together ("I was in your History of Psych class and wrote a paper on the Stanford Experiment").
And then for heaven's sake let us know if you get in, will you? We care about you, you know.
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