How JFK presented himself to Harvard admissions officials

He asked what Harvard could do for him

Here are the stellar insights that John F. Kennedy wrote in his successful application to Harvard, according to documents cited in The Huffington Post:

“The reasons that I have for wanting to go to Harvard are several,” he wrote. “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 to[?], 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.”


Not particularly impressive.

For further less-than-inspirational tidbits, read the rest of JFK’s Harvard application materials here. (And check out what his dad and principal had to say.)