How to write a great recommendation letter – for yourself

Author : Wenny Lin

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The first thing I learned in graduate school had nothing to do with PCR or cell culture. Walking the halls of the lonely ivy-covered ivory tower, I learned that you are your own absolute best (and sometimes, only) advocate. Nobody, not even your kindly mentor/advisor, will look out for you the same way that you can look out for yourself. Therefore, when you are applying for that coveted fellowship or scholarship, think of it as a blessing when your (lazy) professor asks, “Why don’t you come up with a first draft of the recommendation letter?”