COLLEGE ADMISSIONS & RECOMMENDATION LETTERS
This workshop focuses on how to write a memorable and effective student recommendation. Scheduled topics will include:
- Request deadlines
- Student surveys & areas of academic interest
- Best practices for including quantitative descriptions, personal narratives, unique qualities, and examples of overcoming challenges
- Closing statements
- Case studies
Time permitting, the following topics can also be addressed, focusing on applications from an admissions perspective:
- Which test scores matter most?
- How to analyze a transcript
- Essays that stand out
- Selecting the right reach, target, and likely schools
- Questions to ask on college tours and to visiting admission counselors
- Advice for specialized applications such as art portfolios and athletic recruiting
- The best application timelines for students
When: Saturday Afternoon (1:30pm – 5:00pm)
Where: Room 216
Who: Administrators, Teachers, Grades 9-12
Originally from Shelbyville, TN, Anna Marie Smith studied theatre and ancient architecture at Davidson College. She served as the Associate Director of an arts non-profit in Houston, Texas, before moving into the college admissions world. Her experience in the Office of Admission at Rice University and New York University includes reviewing undergraduate applications, recruiting students, and conducting admission interviews for prospective students.
Anna Marie has advised students that have been admitted to Ivy Leagues, large research universities, specialized arts programs, and highly selective liberal arts colleges. She has experience with undergraduate and graduate applications, extending as far as elite business programs.
In addition to working as a Chief of Staff and Director of College Advising at A-List Education, Anna Marie recently completed her MFA in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts. Her design studies emphasize architecture and urban planning, and her thesis is on tiny houses in rural America and microapartments in New York City.