There is Life After Being Rejected

Life After Ivy League Rejection, Ivy League Rejection, University Rejection

John Kerry was rejected by Harvard not once but twice.

For the class of 2014, Harvard University received 30,489 and accepted 2,110. If you’re one of those 28,379 students who applied and were rejected, you may find some comfort in knowing that Harvard does indeed make mistakes.

Take U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA), for example. He was rejected not once but twice by Harvard. After he was rejected by Harvard, he went to Yale University, graduated, and then enlisted in the Navy where he requested duty in Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts (although whether or not he truly earned this recognition was called into question by the Swift Boat campaign). He then applied to Harvard Law School and once again Harvard said “no.”

And you wonder what Harvard was thinking when they rejected Warren Buffet. With the $30 billion that he donated to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, just maybe Harvard regrets that they’re not on the receiving end for just a little something.

Here is a list of rejects that Harvard College most probably regrets:

Lee C. Bollinger – President of Columbia University

Tom Brokaw – Journalist, Former White House Correspondent

Warren Buffett – Investor and Philanthropist

Art Garfunkel – Singer and Songwriter

Matt Groening – Creator, The Simpsons

John Kerry – United States Senator

Scott McNealy – Chairman and Co-founder, Sun Microsystems

David Remnick – Editor, The New Yorker, Pulitzer Prize Winner

Ted Turner – Founder, Turner Broadcasting System, Creator of CNN

Harold Varmus – President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine

Meredith Vieira – Co-Anchor, Today and Host, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Jann Wenner – Founder, Rolling Stone and Chairman, Wenner Media

Shellenbarger, Sue. “Before They Were Titans, Moguls and Newsmakers, These People Were…Rejected.” The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. 24 Mar, 2010. Web. 1 July. 2010.


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