Staff share tips for students seeking letters of recommendation


Mariana Sanchez

Staff suggest that students form connections in and outside of the classroom. Counselor Ea Edwards said on Jan. 14 that making an appointment with your counselor and forming that connection is really important in your college journey.

For many, Cosumnes River College serves as a microcosm of what experiences students may encounter in pursuit of their respective careers. 

Although comprised of coursework that teaches individuals foundational skills needed for their profession, CRC can also elevate students in areas not limited to the academic enrichment. 

Making connections with people and establishing rapport with faculty could also be beneficial, which is why it is essential that students know how to properly communicate with professors. 

Twenty-three year old English major, Rose Valencia, said she believes communicating with faculty periodically is what sets students apart from the masses when seeking references. 

“I think it’s extremely important to have relationships with your professors and counselors,” said Valencia. “If my professors already know me because I’ve communicated with them all semester, they’re more likely to help me out for job references or letters of recommendation.”

CRC Student Support Specialist Choua Vue said it is imperative to reach out to professors in the event that an opportunity presents itself. 

“If they know more about you as a student, they will remember you when they hear about a job opportunity or a scholarship,” said Vue. “You’re the first person they are going to think about.” 

In addition, networking with professors outside of class creates opportunities for amenities such as letters of recommendation. 

“It’s not just about what you know but who you know,” said Vue. “You might be taking their class, but it’s so important to start building a connection in and outside of the classroom because you never know when you’ll need a letter of recommendation.” 

Ea Edwards, counselor at CRC, identified tips for students seeking letters of recommendation. 

“Introduce yourself, and tell them why you’re asking for a letter of recommendation,” said Edwards. “If you knew that you worked very well in their class and you feel that their opinion would be a great value, remind them of how close you have worked together.” 

Ka Lee, support specialist on campus, said making connections starts with conversation and finding students with similar ambitions.

“Start off with small conversations,” said Lee. “Then begin networking with your success coach and meeting with your success team.”