Awesome Letter: student-friendly college knowledge

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 2022-23 LPS teachers and staff to pick letters 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, Jennifer Williams, to a 8th grade pre-scientist for round 2. The theme this round was: your Higher Education journey.

The letter was annotated and reviewed by LPS teacher Jessica Gastelum, and here’s what she had to say:

This letter is great because it really engaged and connected with the pre-scientist. The language is kid-friendly and written with good advice students could apply to any challenge. One thing that could make this letter even better is to ask the student a couple more questions so they have more to respond to in the next letter.

Check out the letter below with Jessica’s annotations in yellow boxes with blue text throughout the letter. Thanks to Jennifer 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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