Josh's Letter of Recommendation

To Whom it May Concern,

Selecting and applying to college was one of the most difficult processes I have ever endured. I personally found the task overwhelming and frustrating to the point of exhaustion. Besides the college application process, there are so many things happening during senior year that organization and direction are paramount in order to maintain a sense of sanity. Mrs. Murphy gave me this sense of sanity and hope with her superior abilities to work with her students to achieve their goals. I highly recommend Mrs. Murphy, and hope to provide in this letter concrete proof and show rather than tell how much of an impact she can make in a student’s life.

My name is Josh, and I am about to graduate from high school. My school has a very good guidance department, but with six guidance counselors and 1700 students, I knew that it was impossible to receive the attention I needed to succeed. Neither of my parents when to college and I am the oldest child, so everything was new and intimidating. I am a good student; however, I was competing against many students much smarter than me which was a frightening thought. My dream school was Georgetown University, a university which no one from my high school had ever been accepted to; none of these students had been lucky enough to work with Mrs. Murphy.
Right from the beginning, Mrs. Murphy made an impact on my decision-making process. She helped me sort out what was important to me and helped me to decide on which colleges would be good matches for me. She helped me to understand what colleges were looking for on applications. She gave me suggestions to improve the essay I wanted to write. Her patience was endless and I am living proof of that. She was always available to me when I needed help or to talk to about my concerns or fears. With her guidance and organizational skills, I was able to finish my application in plenty of time for the early action deadline.
Mrs. Murphy not only helped me with college applications, she also led me to the college I will be attending this fall. Williams College was participating in a college fair at my high school. She felt that Williams College would be a good match for me and suggested I talk to them. I reluctantly agreed, and to my surprise, found out that Williams was really the type of college I had been looking for. Mrs. Murphy’s knowledge about colleges and her ability to match students with schools is unbelievable. When it was time for me to make my decision, I was very indecisive and she let me talk through pros and cons. I talked to her for over an hour, and I was able to make my own decision and never have looked back.
In conclusion, I hope this letter shows what an effective consultant Mrs. Murphy is and how valuable she was to me. I can not thank her enough for all of her help. Her dedication and belief in me helped make my dreams come true. I was accepted Early to Georgetown University and Williams College, and regular decision acceptances to Hamilton College, SUNY Binghamton and Boston College.
I wholeheartedly believe that if you choose Mrs. Murphy to help you with your college process, you will find that she will keep you focused, inspired and will do her absolute best for you.