Read JFK’s Harvard Application

In 1935, a young John F Kennedy applied for admission to Harvard. In his application he wrote that “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.” Jeez, kiss up much? He listed his chief interests as economics and politics (go figure) and football and crew as sports he especially liked. Even better, though, is his father’s letter to the Harvard Dean. Joseph Kennedy writes that his son “has a brilliant mind for the things in which he is interested, but is careless and lacks application in those in which he is not interested. This is, of course, a bad fault.” Damn, that’s honest. Read through more digitized documents at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Source: John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

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