JFK’s unimpressive Harvard application
In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inauguration, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library is digitizing reams of JFK artifacts. Among them: The president’s application to Harvard, including mediocre test scores and a refreshingly banal personal essay.
In 1935, when JFK applied, Harvard’s application was three pages long. (Somewhere, a guidance counselor just burst into a maniacal fit of laughter.) The “Why I Want to Go to Harvard” section was spacious enough for five handwritten sentences.
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