While they may seem outdated, “Thank You” notes are still a very important part of academic, professional, and social culture today. In this post, I’ll be covering reasons to give a “Thank You” note, methods to deliver your message, and things to be sure to include in your note for several different scenarios. I’ll also include a more general template below. Being thankful doesn’t have to be scary or a secret, let people know that you are thankful for what they do for you!

 

Reasons to give a “Thank You” note:

  • You met with someone to learn more about their college/work and get advice
  • You attend a college/grad school/company info session
  • You received a letter of recommendation from someone
  • You had a college/job interview with someone
  • Your teacher/professor agrees to be a supervisor for your research project
  • You received a gift from someone

Ways to deliver your message:

  • Email
    • Most universally applicable
    • Can find email address on business card
  • Handwritten letter (mailed or hand-delivered)
    • Great option if you have a personal relationship or live in close proximity to them/their work

What to include in your message:

  • What the person did for you
  • How their help contributes to your academic plans/future/success
  • If there’s an outcome associated with their help: (you get accepted to a school/program/club), be sure to let them know!

Logistics:

  • Email: within 48 hours of the meeting/agreement/submission/etc.
  • Hand-delivered: drop off within a week
  • Mail: send out within 48 hours

 

 

A sample “Thank You” note could look like this:

 

Dear ________,

 

Thank you so much for meeting with me last week to discuss your role at _________. I really enjoyed learning about ______. I am looking forward to being considered for ______ and appreciate your help throughout this process. I hope to stay in touch and ________!

 

Thank you,

 

___________

 

I’ve always dreamed of having my own blog, and that dream has finally become a reality!

 

Here I plan to write about a variety of things, which may include academic and professional advice, products and activities I enjoy, and even things I’m learning about in my coursework or my internship. Feel free to send me an email or fill out my “Contact Us” form with any topic suggestions, as I’m always happy to further expand my horizons. 

 

I hope to post here on at least a weekly basis, once the whole site is up and running. Anyone who purchases my online course can also opt in to receive email notifications for new blog posts. My first planned post will be how I stay organized during the school year, so stay tuned for that! 

 

Thank you & see you soon!

Kimberly