‘Thank You’ Speaks Volumes in College Planning
High school seniors, you’ve come a long way since the beginning of your college planning journey. There’s no better time than right now to take a moment and thank the people who helped you along the way. The best way you can show your gratitude is with a simple, yet meaningful, thank you card. Teachers, coaches, admissions and guidance counselors, directors, employers, and mentors are examples of people in your life who might have gone out of their way for you at some point.
For high school juniors who may be embarking on college visits, a thank you card to college admissions counselors who took meaningful time with you shows your genuine interest in the college, shows your respect to the individual who spent time with you, and demonstrates that you are a thoughtful, college-ready applicant.
Five Reasons Why to Send a Thank You Card
- A thank you card on nice cardstock handwritten by you shows you took time to reflect on what the other person has done for you.
- A thank you card shows you’re acknowledging and respecting the recipient’s time by taking your own time to thoughtfully express your appreciation.
- A thank you card in this digital age will stand out a lot more than an email.
- A thank you card shows your character. You’ll be more memorable to the recipient.
- A thank you card is another way of networking. You never know when there may be a future opportunity with the person whom you are thanking.
Sample Thank You Note
Be sure to include specifically how someone helped you.
Dear (insert name),
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the letter of recommendation you provided for my college application. I sincerely appreciate your time and thoughtfulness. I am excited to say that I will be attending the University of Wisconsin! Additionally, I enjoyed my year in your English class especially several of the books we read and discussed. My favorite book and discussion was from the Color of Water by James McBride. I look forward to taking everything I learned in your class with me to my college-level courses in the fall.
(Insert your name)
Jennifer Taylor is the Essay and Editorial Director at Partners For Achievement. Read more about Taylor and the rest of the Partners For Achievement team.