A 17-year-old John F. Kennedy wrote a five-sentence college admissions essay to Harvard University — and got in, of course!
It’s no “Ask not… ” speech, that’s for sure.
John F. Kennedy’s college admissions letter to Harvard University has resurfaced on social media some 87 years later, and the Twitterati are hardly impressed with the iconic 35th president of the United States.
The note, penned by the young White House hopeful on April 23, 1935, is currently archived at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library in Boston, Massachusetts.
His prompt was simple — “Why do you wish to come to Harvard?” — but his answer was even simpler.
In an indisputably underwhelming statement composed of just five sentences, the 17-year-old Bay State native answered the query that would determine his educational future.
He wrote, “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.”