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Creating A Brag Sheet For Your Letter of Recommendation Writer

Last updated September 27, 2020

As you think about which teachers you’re going to ask for letters of recommendation for college from, it’s important to have a “brag sheet” handy to provide to your recommenders. You want to make sure that your recommenders highlight those traits that make you a compelling college candidate, and give them specific examples of how you exemplify those traits.

What is a brag sheet?

A brag sheet is very similar to a student resume - it showcases your accomplishments, experiences, leadership skills, extracurricular activities, and any employment or volunteer work during your high school career.

What can I use a brag sheet for?

Brag sheets are useful for a variety of purposes, but sharing them with any teachers or counselors you’re asking to write letters of recommendation is a great way to ensure they write the best possible recommendation for you! Brag sheets can also be shared with college interviewers or admissions representatives - even if the interview is done over video.

How to create a brag sheet in 3 quick steps

1. Starting from your first year of high school, brainstorm every experience or achievement that shaped who you are, or that you’re proud of from your high school career. Any clubs, activities, leadership, athletics, art, music, employment (babysitting counts!), volunteering, tough classes you did well in, etc.

Your first thought might be to include your GPA and any relevant test scores (ACT/SAT, AP exams, etc.) -- and you certainly can include these -- but keep in mind that your brag sheet should include more than your grades and test scores.

2. Formatting is key! Start with your name and contact information. For each experience or accomplishment, create a header and a short (1-3 sentence) summary of what the activity consisted of, and what you learned or gained from it.

3. Don’t be afraid to list every accomplishment and your role in making it happen! It’s called a brag sheet for a reason, so no need to be shy :) If you aren’t sure what counts as experience, check out our guide on creating a first resume (keep in mind that your brag sheet isn’t quite a resume, but these tips still apply!)

Want more tips on creating a brag sheet, asking for a letter of recommendation, or applying to college? Text “Hello” to 33-55-77 and our college advisors will walk you through it!

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