SHARON: How can I help you today, Alice?
ALICE: Well, I came to talk to you because I want to apply for a scholarship.
SHARON: Oh, good. You're an excellent student.
I'd be very willing to help you with that.
ALICE: Thanks. I really appreciate it.
In fact, I do need a letter of recommendation for this scholarship.
SHARON: What kind of scholarship is it?
ALICE: It's an undergraduate scholarship
offered by the American Minority Students Scholarship Association.
I'm eligible for it because I'm Asian American.
SHARON: Fine. I know about that scholarship.
You have to be a student in your junior year,
and you have to have a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.
ALICE: I'm a junior now, and my GPA is 3.92.
SHARON: Excellent. So you'll have a good chance of getting it.
ALICE: Well, I hope so. The competition is probably pretty heavy.
And they want a writing sample too.
SHARON: Do you have an essay you want to send them?
ALICE: No, they want a special essay.
I must write an essay on a particular question they pose.
SHARON: What is the question?
ALICE: They give applicants a topic.
The topic is, "The Place of Ethnic Minorities in a Democratic Society."
My essay must be three pages typed and double-spaced.
SHARON: That's a pretty short essay.
ALICE: Yes, but I need to write it by next week.
SHARON: Good luck. I'm sure you will do a good job.
ALICE: I came here today to talk to you because... Well, I need to ask two favors.
SHARON: Sure. What are they?
ALICE: First, I need a letter of recommendation.
SHARON: I'd be happy to write one for you.
ALICE: And second.... Well, I'm not sure if it's normal.
SHARON: What is it? Do you want me to read your essay?
ALICE: Yes, if you could.
I mean, if you could read it to make sure there are no mistakes.
Or maybe you'd have some suggestions.
SHARON: Of course I could read it. That's no problem. But you need to get it to me soon.
ALICE: I will. I want to write the first draft tonight.
So I could bring it tomorrow morning.
SHARON: Alright. If you can bring it to me tomorrow morning,
I can talk with you after class on Friday.
So I'll have some feedback for you before the weekend.
ALICE: That would really help me a lot. I'm very grateful.
SHARON: Don't mention it. I'm always willing to help good students.