How Important Are Teacher Recommendations?

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How important are letters of recommendation in the college admissions process? Will I be at a disadvantage when applying to top colleges if I'm not that close to any of my teachers and the letters are very generic? How do you recommend choosing teachers to write them (the teacher that I know better, or the one who gave me the best grades)? Additionally, are supplemental letters of recommendation encouraged if I have a good person to write them, or are they more unnecessary and over-the-top?

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