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HS Counselor Reveals Biggest Rec Letter Pet Peeves

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Recommendation letters are typically an integral part of the college admissions process. Students have a duty to ask the right people to write recommendations for them and should help prepare recommenders to write compelling letters. But then the hard part starts for the other side — teachers, counselors and coaches actually have to write the rec letters, and many of them may have requests from multiple students.

Undoubtedly, the process of writing college recommendations can be laborious for those people writing the letters. Many counselors have occasional gripes about writing letters of recommendations that students should know. Diane Campbell, college counselor at Liberty Common High School in Fort Collins, Colo., shares these nine “pet peeves:"

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