You’ve got the grades, you’ve slaved over a glowing personal statement, and you’ve racked up more extracurricular activities than days in the week. Now there’s only one dreaded task standing between you and your college application: getting teacher recommendation letters. It can be intimidating collecting these endorsements (especially if you’re shy or you don’t have the best relationship with your teacher), but we have some rough news for you: This won’t be the last time you’ll be completing this task. Throughout your education, internship hunt, entry-level job search and on into the professional world, you’ll need to do this—or something similar—over and over again. Endorsements from those who know and trust you will open doors for you many times as you make your way up the ladder. So instead of viewing this task as a one-time hurdle, think of it as a learning experience that will help you the next time you need the goodwill and testimony of others in order to get ahead. Meanwhile, keep these tips in mind.