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Applying Early Action or Early Decision
and getting recommendation letters:

Most all private colleges and universities require recommendation letters, one counselor, one math/science teacher, one English/humanities teacher, in total three recommendation letters. It is proper etiquette to ask the counselor and teachers for their recommendations one month before they are due and to give a thank you letter after about the time the recommender has submitted the letter. An emailed thank you letter is ok for some recommenders, but a physical handwritten (short, half page) thank you letter is considered most universally acceptable. It should also be hand delivered or mailed. For the Common Application, you need the recommender's exact name, title (Dr. Mr. Ms. Mrs.), and exact email address. So, the order of events is 1) ask the recommender if he or she can write you a good recommendation, 2) once the person says yes (and doesn't give excuses that the person is too busy or flat out can't because there are too many recommendations the person has to write already), you can input the recommender's name and email address into the Common Application website and the Commonapp does the rest sending the recommender an email showing how to write the letter and the questionnaire that goes with the process (it is a bit complicated if the recommender is a non-native speaker of English, however), 3) once the deadline approaches and passes, you can track in the Commonapp interface whether the recommender has submitted the recommendation or not, giving you the option of sending a reminder to the recommender if you think the person is going to be late, and 4) once the recommendation is submitted, you should deliver or send the thank you letter. Korean and Asian students in general always forget to send such a thank you letter, and while I don't care so much if I do or don't receive one (I've only received thank you letters 2-3 times in my whole life including while I was at Daewon FLHS or writing professional recommendation letters for current or former teachers of Steven Academy), I know many middle-aged white teachers I've had in high school and in college or colleagues in high schools or colleges now, who bristle at the times their students didn't have the common courtesy to give a thank you note or letter. To aid the recommendation writing process, some teachers will ask for a resume or you should provide a cover letter and resume, even if one isn't asked. When I was writing recommendation letters at Dewon FLHS, almost no student gave me such a resume and cover letter, so I sat each student down and interviewed him or her to get the raw information and notes that I would later use to write the recommendation letters. Some teachers use a questionnaire or ask for an essay, but I've found the interview more useful and efficient since I can ask follow up questions about a topic that I find I can write about more about that particular student. The cover letter and resume is expected in college and in graduate school, as students get more mature and should know what they are doing.