To Whom It May Concern,
So little Evan is all grown up and going to graduate school–my how time flies! It feels like only yesterday that he was hopping around in the playground digging for worms and soiling his pants because he was too shy to ask me for the bathroom pass. Such a sweet child. As I had lost touch with his family fairly soon after he left Rainbow Kindergarten, you can imagine my surprise when, out of the blue, he strode up to my desk two weeks ago (that neckbeard!) to ask me for a letter of recommendation for his application to your Econometrics PhD program. I don’t even know what Econometrics means! It sounds very sophisticated, but then again, I always expected great things from Evan.
Though at first I found it surprising that he hadn’t chosen to ask one of his college professors or somebody who knew him more recently, I feel incredibly honored and flattered that Evan has asked me to write this letter. When he mentioned how much his time in Homeroom B had meant to him, I knew I had to help him out in any way I could, and I only hope that I can convey in this short letter how much potential I saw in little Evan.
Where to begin? Well, Evan was always a very calm and patient child. Whether he was waiting for the lunch bell, waiting his turn in line at the monkey bars, or waiting for the nurse to come dislodge a lego piece from deep within his nasal canal, he always exhibited notable self-control. Whereas other children would fidget (and sometimes even stab me in the shins with their freshly sharpened pencils!) when they got frustrated, Evan always demonstrated a capacity beyond his years to stay focused on the task at hand. Even when he soiled his pants–poor thing–he reacted in a mature fashion, cleaning himself up nicely before any of the teachers even noticed what had happened! I imagine this self-sufficiency will prove quite helpful as he pursues his graduate studies.
Evan was also a cooperative team player. I distinctly remember the Play-Doh sculptures he and his friend Juana would make together during Art hour–that was an impressive menagerie of Pokemon that duo built, and never once did I hear an argument about artistic approach or creative vision. Perhaps even more indicative of his strong sense of team spirit: when playing Red Rover he never would break ranks even when the heaviest children on the other team would barrel through his section–he had his clavicle broken twice! Now that’s a kid you know will pick up his teammates’ slack if you need him to. I am positive that this selflessness and ability to work well in a team setting will serve Evan well in a research environment.
Finally, Evan has got to be one of the top 30 brightest kindergarteners I’ve had the pleasure to teach. A consummate puzzle-solver, level AA reader, enthusiastic singer and above-average recorder-player–now if that level of intellect doesn’t qualify one to be an econometrician, then I just don’t know if you’ll ever find what you’re looking for.
I hope I’ve managed to convince you of how deserving little Evan is of a berth at your institution. Please do reach out if you’d like to discuss his formative years in greater detail. And don’t be too hard on him–they grow up so fast!