JOHN F KENNEDY’S FUTURE WAS NOT CLEAR AT SEVENTEEN

JFK and his stern father

It’s comforting to know that John F Kennedy was a very ordinary guy at the age of seventeen. The Atlantic dug up Kennedy’s application to Harvard in 1936 and one section asked the applicant “Why do you wish to come to Harvard?” His response isn’t particularly brilliant – like many teens, he didn’t seem to know WHAT he wanted to major in. He was, however, aware of the prestige associated with the University and the importance of connections he would make there. His application included his grades from Choate school – maybe you can figure them out. The essay was far from special, but like they did for several others, Harvard managed to turn him in Presidential material.

Posted by Janet on November 28, 2013

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  1. By Bluejay
    On November 28, 2013 at

    All the grades are below average except for English. But, that’s far superior to the grades of Dubya, whom we all assume never graduated from anything.

  2. By abe
    On November 28, 2013 at

    …………..who is???

  3. By Becca
    On November 29, 2013 at

    JFK”s below average grades are in courses that really don’t matter for anyone not specializing in a field that requires that knowledge.
    Latin, French, physics & plane geometry are not necessary to survive in this world, unless you’re stranded on France or ancient Rome.
    His grades in history & English were good, which are needed for politics.

  4. By Elias
    On November 30, 2013 at

    Interesting to read his note.

    I disagree that he was “ordinary guy” at 17. His dad went to Harvard. Most “ordinary” guys can’t pull the “my-old-man-went-to-Harvard” card. No indeed, there’s nothing ordinary about having that card to pull.

  5. By pusssykatt
    On December 1, 2013 at

    Too funny Bluejay…and true!

  6. By JoeyR
    On December 17, 2013 at

    DOES ANYBODY REALLY CARE?????

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