The Importance of Thank You Notes for Teens

Blueprint never stops hiring. Finding the best people on the planet for your summer program is a 24/7/365 gig. The search for talent never, ever, stops over here.

And it’s exhausting, but it’s a heck of a lot of fun too. You meet amazing people every day that believe in the power of pre-college summer programs and helping students take the next step to college.

And it works for us. When you keep an open mind and your ear to the tracks you find shockingly educated, fun, and caring Program Directors like Vicki, Psychology Instructors like Cait and RAs like Anna every week.

But as cutting edge as we are, there’s something old school about Blueprint.

If you don’t write a thank-you note, some companies won’t hire you, including Blueprint!

Yep, it’s that simple. Working with Blueprint students is a privilege and an honor and if you don’t write a thank you note after your interview you don’t get the job. It makes decisions simple, but also makes a lot more work for us.

And that’s ok.

Because it means we’re only choosing the best of the best. But sometimes it can be heartbreaking when a candidate you think is perfect doesn’t follow up. Now you might be thinking that I’m tipping our hand to future hires here in the blog, but I’ll tell you this. The best candidates, who end up writing thank-you notes, have also done their research and read most of this blog anyway.

Note: One liner emails in all lowercase ARE NOT THANK YOU NOTES and yes I’ve seen these.

Pro Tip: If you’re writing a thank-you note from your phone, it’s not a thank you note.


So Why Should You Care?

A. Because tons of college admissions officers are the same way. A thank you note never hurts and can boost your chances. If you make it thoughtful, proofread it and send it in a timely manner there is no risk. It’s one of the Top 10 Tips For Acing Your College Interview.


B. Because our students learn this lesson at their program. Blueprint is going to make sure all Blueprint Students learn the importance and best practices of thank you notes this summer. It might seem trivial now, but you never know who is going to be reading your college app or resume and what their make or break rules are.

We’ll help your student find the best college this summer, study something cool, have a great time and in the long run… ace that job application too.


Curtis wrote a thank you note. He’ll give you 2 thumbs up if you do too!