To Whom It May Concern,
a professor at the University of Timbuktu, I have had the pleasure
of knowing Phillip Larkin for the past four years. He has proved
himself to be both a committed and mature student, as well as
a vibrant and intelligent person, who it has been a delight to
be acquainted with. He has been an asset to our Department, both
academically and socially. It is therefore without reservation
that I write this letter of recommendation, certain that he would
succeed in your graduate program.
academic performance was always well above average during his
time studying in the Department of Biological Sciences. In fact,
he was always ranked in the top ten per cent of the department,
showing that where study is concerned, he has a natural gift.
His work was always concise and penetrating, as well as displaying
clear understanding, built from his extra-curricular studies.
However, despite the excellent grades, what made Phillip’s assignments
and projects stand out was the clear love and enthusiasm for the
subject that he consistently showed. He has a genuine enthusiasm
for this field, making his work absorbing and at times, an inspiration
to us all.
Phillip’s performance was very good in all areas of this course,
where he really excelled was in the module, Zoology. It was therefore
no surprise to me when he intimated that he would be interested
in further pursuing his studies in this area. I have for some
time believed that your institution has produced some of the best
minds in this field, which is why I pushed Phillip in your direction.
his final year, Phillip was required to plan and carry out an
extensive Field Project, in a chosen area. Phillip naturally chose
Zoology, and set about immersing himself in a study to improve
conditions for the penguins at our local zoo. His private study
gave him good base knowledge on the subject, but it wouldn’t have
been such a success without the dedication and passion that he
threw into it. By the end of the project, he had been seen so
many times by the penguin enclosure that people naturally assumed
that he worked there! Needless to say, he was awarded top marks
for the assignment, but more importantly to him, some of his plans
are now being implemented by the zoo.
Phillip would be an undoubted boon to your graduate program, but
he would also be an asset on the community side too. He is active
and companionable, and at ease in social situations. He was a
member of a number of clubs and groups, unsurprisingly becoming
President of the Department’s Zoological Society. He also assisted
us in our admissions office where he successfully demonstrated
leadership ability by counseling new and prospective students.
His advice has been a great help to these students, many of whom
have taken time to share their comments with me regarding Phillip’s
pleasant and encouraging attitude.
I give my strong recommendation in support of Phillip Larkin’s
application to fulfill his dream of advancing his knowledge, in
good surroundings. I sincerely hope that you will give him favorable
consideration upon receiving his application for admission to
Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you require any further