Interesting Email

Ag1999

Member
Hello everyone,

I usually don't post since this forum has answered a majority of my questions, but I I received an email from my RC that I thought was weird and just wanted a second opinion. I emailed my RC about a letter my coach, who is in charge of one my clubs that I am a part of, wrote stating some big accomplishments. Being 1st in state for the last three years and 3rd in the nation last year.

He told me that the letter isn't necessary but it can be added if I wanted it to be added. I am confused now. My 3Q letter says that I should continue to update my file with significant accomplishments, which this is. Why would my RC tell me this? If I am reading into this, please tell me. Thanks for your help! Have a good day!
 

USMA21

Member
Most likely your RC is telling you that you have already maxed out in points in athletics as they probably already know you have had a number 1 status in your state and 3rd nationally and that the letter may not be providing any new information. Best case scenario, however, maybe you simply do not need it because you might soon be winning your slate! It seems you are in a good place at this point
 

Padre101

Parent
Totally understand the anxiousness. Our DS was trying to interpret every word from his RC, attempting to see if there is any hint in the RC's wording as to the likelihood of an appointment.

In your case, there could be two interpretations: (1) no matter what is added to your file, it won't help because you don't have a chance or (2) no matter what is added to your file, it won't make a difference because you already got it locked.

Hope for the best. Expect the worst.

This isn't an easy process, but if you start reading into things, you'll go crazy.

Best wishes.
 

kinnem

Moderator
5-Year Member
There's a third option... (3) no matter what is added to your file, it won't help..... for no particular reason. Could just be you maxed out athletics as someone pointed out earlier. Trying to read signs and portents into all communications is simply a waste of time. Spend your time on more productive things. That being said, good luck!
 

brovol

Member
Last year my kid received some honors in swimming. He was already very solid in terms of athletics, and swimming was just something he decided to do last minute, as he had never swam competitively until winter of his senior year. He contacted admissions to find out the quickest way to get the information to the file to be considered with everything else. His RC told him that he could accept it, but it wasn't necessary. He brought it with him for his visit to WP only days later. His RC asked to meet with us in the morning when we picked him up and the RC told my son he was getting an appointment. He chuckled when he was handed the all-league awards.

What specifically are OP's awards? You said club, are they athletic or academic? My philosophy is to bombard and overwhelm admissions with your accomplishments. You need a well rounded application resume, with athletic, leadership, fitness, but still the biggest thing is academic, and I still think the ACT/SAT scores are the single most compelling thing. I would get everything that looks good to them, and keep working on everything else until you get an appointment; particularly test scores. Send in whatever you have.
 

jl123

Member
He told me that the letter isn't necessary but it can be added if I wanted it to be added. I am confused now. My 3Q letter says that I should continue to update my file with significant accomplishments, which this is. Why would my RC tell me this? If I am reading into this, please tell me.
The accomplishments are significant, but the letter is not. The accomplishments were already contained in your application submission or, if more recent, you could add yourself.

Recommendation letters have little value unless they add new, significant information that does not repeat what is already contained in the application.
 

Ag1999

Member
Last year my kid received some honors in swimming. He was already very solid in terms of athletics, and swimming was just something he decided to do last minute, as he had never swam competitively until winter of his senior year. He contacted admissions to find out the quickest way to get the information to the file to be considered with everything else. His RC told him that he could accept it, but it wasn't necessary. He brought it with him for his visit to WP only days later. His RC asked to meet with us in the morning when we picked him up and the RC told my son he was getting an appointment. He chuckled when he was handed the all-league awards.

What specifically are OP's awards? You said club, are they athletic or academic? My philosophy is to bombard and overwhelm admissions with your accomplishments. You need a well rounded application resume, with athletic, leadership, fitness, but still the biggest thing is academic, and I still think the ACT/SAT scores are the single most compelling thing. I would get everything that looks good to them, and keep working on everything else until you get an appointment; particularly test scores. Send in whatever you have.
Sorry I should have clarified, it is academic. I participate in a competition called CyberPatriot, it deals with basic cyber security. Those what the awards are in.

For athletic I did place 2nd out of 400 teams at a state meet for Orienteering.

Thank you to everyone for your input!
 
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