Purvi Mody

College Admission Counselor

- 15 years of experience helping students get into top universities around the country including Harvard, UC Berkley, UCLA, Stanford, and Brown
- UCLA, Stanford University
- Owner & managing direct

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Do I need Optional Letters of Recommendation? Who? - Optional Letters of Recommendation

Purvi Mody
Purvi Mody

College Admission Counselor

- 15 years of experience helping students get into top universities around the country including Harvard, UC Berkley, UCLA, Stanford, and Brown
- UCLA, Stanford University
- Owner & managing direct

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Optional letters of recommendation are truly optional so if you decide to send them, make sure that they’re not repeating what some of your other recommendations say. The optional letter should help to complement your application and give the admissions officer a better picture of who you are. Potential recommenders can be your art teacher, coach, religious leader, music instructor, yearbook advisor, internship/job supervisor, or anyone else who has gotten to know you very well and can speak positively about your character. You should always avoid asking family members to write letters of recommendation for you or acquaintances of your parents who don’t know you very well.

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