Awesome letter: Sharing adversity and perseverance

We’re sharing real STEM professional letters to pre-scientists annotated by LPS teachers and staff to provide STEM pen pals with inspiration and ideas for their own letters. We asked our 2021-22 LPS teachers and staff to pick a letter that stood out to them and tell us why. We hope this series serves as a resource for pen pals to make letters accessible and engaging for pre-scientists.

This letter was written by STEM pen pal Wilmelie Cruz to a 8th grade pre-scientist for round 3. The theme this round was: Overcoming Obstacles.

The letter was annotated and reviewed by LPS staff member Jenelle Dozier, and here’s what she had to say:

Wilmelie’s letter is very personal and engaging. She responded to questions her pre-scientist asked and also asked her pre-scientist questions to keep dialogue going. In her letter she talked about what’s going on in her life- the holidays and even discussed some traditions her family practices, talked about her pets and covered this round’s theme: overcoming obstacles. 

Check out the letter below with Jenelle’s annotations in purple text throughout the letter. Thanks to Wilmelie for not only being a great pen pal, but also allowing us to annotate and publish her letter so others can benefit!


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