Asking for a letter of recommendation can be a harrowing experience. First, you have to find someone who you think would even be remotely willing to write anything positive about you, which can be a difficult proposition in and of itself. Then, you have to sit down in a meeting and actually ask for it.
“You’re so beautiful, you could be a part-time model.”
That’s Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords, making up an awesome song that he thinks is actually paying a great compliment to a pretty girl he meets at a party. When I saw that episode recently, I thought of applications, because it’s a great example of damning with faint praise, one of the common things that can go wrong with recommendation letters.