Last Updated Jan 21, 2011 11:36 AM EST
Here, for instance, is JKF's explanation for why he wanted to attend Harvard:
The reasons that I have for wanting 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 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.
Lackluster StudentKennedy's grades at the Choate School, where he attended high school, were mediocre.
As for college recommendations? In a recommendation letter, about the best that Edward E. Moore, a close friend of his dad, Joseph P. Kennedy, could muster was that the young Kennedy was "reliable and dependable."
In a letter to Harvard, JFK's father wrote that "Jack has a very brilliant mind for the things in which he is interested, but is careless and lacks application in those in which he is not interest."
If Kennedy was applying today, I assume that Harvard would send him a "Dear John" letter.
What do you think?
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