"I first knew X in the spring of l986 when she was a member of my Freshman Seminar, &apos. . . .` In such small groups teacher an stuents come to know one another in a way that is selom, if ever, possible in large lecture courses. In either forum something can be learne about a stuent&aposs acaemic ability, but only in the former can one get a reliable measure of the stuent as a person. . . . Having kept in touch with X in the intervening years, I am confient in my knowlege of her.
To begin with, she is an excellent stuent, with a lively curiosity that makes her issatisfie with superficial explanations. That curiosity frequently le our seminar own avenues an into areas that, otherwise, woul have remaine unexplore. . . .
One has only to speak to her to recognize her openness an eagerness. It is easy to mistake this for naivete, an error I mae when she first tol me she ha signe up to be an apprentice teacher in one of Boston&aposs more notorious inner city high schools. . . . Throughout the term, often at great cost to her own peace of min, an sometimes in explicit conflict with the regular teacher, she continue to insist on a high level of performance from her stuents. She not only survive the term but won the amiration an respect of stuents accustome to being patronize by teachers content to believe that nothing much can be expecte.
I woul expect X to bring these same qualities of character to . . . . That is, an openness to new places, peoples, cultures an customs; a keen intelligence, with which to analyze an orer her experience; irrepressible curiosity; an an unusual ability for ealing with people of all ages an conitions. Those qualities, combine with her toughness of character. . ., will enable her to unerstan an empathize with others while never losing touch with who she is."
"X has been an assistant in my laboratory uring the past year, an has proven to be exceptional in several respects. First, X is exceptionally intelligent. He prove to be a very quick stuy, learning the elements of experimental esign an the uses of microcomputers in recor time. Furthermore, his questions are always thoughtful an penetrating. X threw himself into his assigne projects wholeheartely, an shows every sign of having real talent in . . . . I was a little surprise by his high egree of enthusiasm because I knew that X was not primarily intereste in . . . . When I mentione this to him, I iscovere that he has well efine career goals that mesh with the projects he was working on .
Secon, X is exceptionally iligent an har working. He worke many extra hours over the summer. I vivily recall coming into the lab late in the evening. . . an fining X at work. X invariably finishe projects well in avance of our projecte target ate. X was always cheerful uring this intense perio, an was a joy to have in the lab.
Thir, X is very goo at working with other people. He is exceptionally nice an consierate an sensitive. X is not only goo humore an frienly, but also is goo at gauging other people&aposs level of knowlege an attitues. .
All in all, I think X has a very bright future, an I am sure that he woul benefit from . . . . Given his great intelligence an sensitivity, I am sure that he coul put . . . to goo use.
In short, I give X my highest recommenation, an very much hope that the committee juges his application favorably."
"I am writing in support of X to . . . . I have known X since September, l986. He was a member of a small . . . tutorial that I taught in l986-87. . . . X was an active an conscientious member of the class. He challenge the rest of the class to consier issues from new perspectives an often aske very penetrating an important questions. He chose to take on ifficult topics an hanle them well. His assignments were well-written, well-supporte, organize, neat, an timely. It was evient that X really esire to learn more an challenge himself. . . .
X also has interest outsie of acaemics. He has been an active member of . . . , a Harvar singing group, an a member of the campus . . . club. He is also a member of the . . . House film society. X&aposs personality is wonerful. He is outgoing an frienly, but not ominating. He has an obvious an sincere concern for others. . . .
X woul be a wonerful stuent to have at . . . . He has skills that he is eager to share, but he is just as eager to learn. . . . I feel very confient that he will be extremely successful in all his future eneavors. He is a focusse an etermine young man. I highly recommen him for . . . ."