I am so late now after that discussion on which system is the best is over.
Anyways, I will still post. I also applied to MIT and as most of us know I was required to send them recs and other stuff which the teachers and the school staff usually fills.
Except for the Student Counselor evaluation letter, I LITERALLY made ALL of my recs letter!!! ALL OF THEM! IT FELT SO WEIRD WHEN I WAS PRAISING MYSELF! LOL!
My teachers simply didnt have time. They told me to make my own letters and, at the end, simply get it signed!
I study in PISES Riyadh and it is the premier school for O and A levels in at least the city and this is how we roll! (By premier, I obviously mean the results and stuff, not the system and facilities available!)