Which college is your 1st choice? Why is this school your 1st choice?
What are the first words that come to mind to describe yourself?
What are your strengths? Give examples that illustrate these strengths. Responses can include traits from
academics, activities, hobbies, your personality, work experience, etc.
What is your biggest area of weakness? Why?
What points of interest, or qualities, do you feel I should stress in a letter of recommendation about you?
Give examples to describe your…
capacity for intellectual growth, academic potential, and curiosity to learn…
initiative, self-motivation, and responsibility level…
originality and creativity…
Right now what are the “top priorities” in your life? At present do you have a particular “philosophy of life”?
Are there any “extenuating circumstances” that I should include in the recommendation?
How did you spend your summer? What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
What additional information should I know to write your letter of recommendation? How do you think I can
best capture the “real you” on paper?