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Reference letter from a high school Latin teacher

No undergraduate university application can succeed without reference letters from teachers. Often, more than one letter is needed to present an applicant from different angles.

The following letter, by a Latin teacher, highlights the applicants analytical strengths and his engagement with a complex and difficult topic such as the Latin language. However, it lacks any notion about social skills or extracurricular engagement. That does not have to be a bad thing: It may just be that the teacher is not aware of the student’s activities outside the classroom. The applicant should then ensure to ask another teacher for a reference letter, and preferably one that will know his or her other qualities.


To Whom It May Concern:

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Bartholomew Sampson for admission to your undergraduate program.

I have been Bartholomew’s Latin teacher for the past three years. During this time, he has been among the best-performing students in class.

Bartholomew fully understood that Latin as a school subject goes far beyond the language itself. He showed keen interest in the historical and cultural role of the Roman Empire. His motivation and particularly his impetus during his extremely well-researched class presentations also inspired others to see the value in studying a seemingly extinct language.

During class, Bartholomew showed very strong analytical skills which he successfully developed even further over time – essential when it comes to Latin’s highly formalized grammar. At the same time, he presented creativity when drawing conclusions from and about other languages and their relationship to Latin.

I am convinced that those qualities will make him a truly valuable addition to your study program. Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions regarding Bartholomew Sampson.

Enyd Brachinski

Shelbyville High School