John F. Kennedy is considered one of our greatest Presidents in history. He’s right up there with Abraham Lincoln in terms of general likability. Yet, I can’t help but feel that, although he did great work in politics, that he perhaps wouldn’t have been able to without some nepotism. This personal essay a part of his Harvard college application is laughably bad. Not only is it grammatically clunky, it’s completely lacking in substance. Basically, the only reason he wanted to go to Harvard is because his dad went and it would be cool if he could go to. =|
If anyone submitted this in 2013 they would not make it to the second round of admissions. But apparently it’s easier to get into Harvard than to get a job at Walmart. There’s no talk of future ambitions, of what he would like to study, of his upbringing, only a wordy sentence about how it’s a good school.
“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.”
He also had pretty crappy grades in high school. How the eff did he get in besides being a Kennedy?
[Via. Business Insider]