I’m applying as a CS/engineering major so my LOR for STEM is really important. Important thing: I got behind in my math and physics courses junior year due to falling behind because of ACT testing (eyes were tired, I’m legally blind.) I got three weeks behind in every class and it spiraled from there... ended up having to retake honors precalc and drop AP Physics 1.
I really am unsure of who to ask for my STEM LOR. I’ve narrowed it down to two teachers:
- had her for two years freshman n and junior year, honors physical science and regular chem (couldn’t take honors)
- Received an A in physical science and a A- in chemistry
- Knew a lot about my personal life, we talked about a lot of stuff and she really helped me with adult advice on things
- I don’t know what she thinks of me, but she’s definitely a person who knows I like to ask questions
- One thing that might be pretty important is she knows a lot about the medical circumstances that affected my school work in my junior year. Like I said I talked to her a lot, and she was really understanding so she might be able to speak of this in the LOR.
- Only disadvantage I can think of is she will definitely say I’m a disorganized person. I have a lot of trouble organizing stuff (visual impairment) so my comp books were always a mess
- We had a good relationship and I talked to her often
- Wrote me an LOR for a competitive mentorship program and I got in. I don’t know what she wrote, though.
- Offered and said she would love to do a mentorship placement with me this upcoming year for teaching if I decide to.
- I also was a really quiet kid, so I didn’t talk much in class.
- Had her for three years, algebra 1, honors geometry, and intro to computer science.
- Received an A in all three classes (intro to CS though won’t carry much weight; already have extensive CS experience before the class)
- I know she thought highly of my mathematical ability based on report card comments
- However, I failed honors precalc (not her class) and she is aware of that. I received an A in the six week course of a year of content retaking it though. (Re: in first paragraph)
- She is not aware of the medical issues that went on my junior year, and I’m not sure how understanding she’ll be of it. This might wavier her option of my strong math skills.
- Knows about a lot of my extracurricular activities/achievements that are CS related
- We definitely didn’t talk very much to each other, and I was a shy student so I rarely participated in class.
- Not sure if this is going to help, but we have a lot in common, including interests in the same subjects, down to activities and even the clothes we wear; a lot of people make the comment we’re like twins
- Wrote me two LORs for CS awards that I won
- I think she likes me as a student.
I really am unsure of who to ask.
I thought it might help to get other opinions.