Dear Admission officer,
My name is W.H. I am currently working in XXXX. I used to work in a same group as Dan in the Department of XXX.
I first met Dan in June 2012. He was our new hire. Soon after we talked to each other, I immediately admired his braveness. He jumped from grade 10 position all the way to grade 18. I never knew anyone who even dreamed about such a great leaping, but he tried and achieved it.
When Dan joined us, our group was very short-staffed. We needed him to handle the work load as soon as possible. He didn't leave us disappointed. Whatever I taught him, I only needed to teach once. Dan's mind is very clear. He understood what he learned and could extend the knowledge to further related fields reasonably. He is friendly and funny. It was a fun experience for me to teach him.
Dan is very responsible. He remembered the work instructions, and followed them. If he doubted about anything, or found something inaccurate, he would point out to us and lead a detailed discussion until we came up an acceptable conclusion. Because of his accountability, he earned our trust within couple of months. He started handling all the late afternoon tasks independently.
By the time when Dan first came, he was still a student in college, learning programming skills. But he was good at practice and he learned the knowledge in real work. He soon started reading the build scripts and understanding the requirements, then he started to improve them. Also, by pure self-motivation, he developed a wiki site and re-organized the work procedures and tips we collected for years. Instead of being clustered in a Word document, now all the information can be easily searched and updated within the agency. The result was noticed by the segment leader and lead to an independent project to redo many documents.
About a year later after Dan joined the group, more new employees came. Dan also helped to train the new people. He was good at providing clear instructions. He is nice, patient, and always there to help. Everyone loves him.
With more and more people retired, the migration group handles more work load, not only the WebSphere migration, but also requests from the Mainframe development group. Everyone has needed to learn new processes and works harder. Under the great pressure, Dan thrived and became even more reliable and dependable.
Other than being hard working, Dan also enjoy life. He likes biking, hiking, snowboarding, or hanging with friends to do painting, bowling…... He also owns a dog, a house, and does a lot of house work as a handy man.
Knowing that he wanted to go back to school for graduate study, I didn't feel surprised. He is smart, energetic, enthusiastic. All these talents allow him to achieve whatever he loves to do. I truly hope the school will consider him and provide an opportunity to lead out more of his potentials.