Tuesday, January 18, 2011

JFK's lackluster Harvard application

The reasons that I have for wishing to go to Harvard are several. I feel that Harvard can give me a better background and a better liberal education than any other university. I have always wanted to go there, as I have felt that it is not just another college, but is a university with something definite to offer. Then too, I would like to go to the same college as my father. To be a "Harvard man" is an enviable distinction, and one that I sincerely hope I shall attain.
--John F. Kennedy's uninspiring reasons for wanting to go to Harvard

[H]e can be relied upon to do enough to pass.
--Choate headmaster's recommendation to Harvard for John F. Kennedy's application

[A] very brilliant mind for the things in which he is interested, [but he] is careless and lacks application in those [subjects] in which he is not interested. This is, of course, a bad fault.
--JFK's father to Harvard's dean of freshmen on JFK

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