Today’s Harvard applicant has stronger credentials than the Harvard alum who’s doing the interviewing, writes Michael Winerip. An alumni Harvard interviewer, he’s done 40 interviews of local applicants over the last 10 years. Only one student was accepted.
Knowing me and seeing them is like witnessing some major evolutionary change take place in just 35 years, from the Neanderthal Harvard applicant of 1970 to todayâ€™s fully evolved Homo sapiens applicant.
There was the girl who, during summer vacation, left her house before 7 each morning to make a two-hour train ride to a major university, where she worked all day doing cutting-edge research for NASA on weightlessness in mice.
When I was in high school, my 10th-grade science project was on plant tropism â€” a shoebox with soil and bean sprouts bending toward the light.
Winerip’s own children aren’t Harvard material. His most academic offspring earned Dad’s old SAT scores, which aren’t good enough any more.