Future Wife-Swappers Convene
Three dozen high school students--"too old for post-office and too young for wife-swapping"--met, talked, and snacked together on the tenth floor of Holyoke Center last night. They will be at the Harvard Summer School this year along with the 5000 older folks.
It was John F. Adams, assistant to the Summer School registrar, who told the well-dressed youngsters what they were too old for and what they were too young for.
The students, between brownies and cinnamon wafers, talked about why they came to the Harvard Summer School:
"It's a good way to spend a summer; to study some things I was interested in; to get away from home; I want to get married; to get good marks so I could get into Yale; why not?; education."
Harvard's 60 summer high school students "are on the same sink-or-swim basis as the other students--but they swim better," said Adams. "A high school student last year got the highest grade given." The average high school student tends to do better than the average student.
The students come from all over the United States and, in one case, from abroad. One third of them come from the Boston area; slightly more than one third from the Eastern seaboard including New York and New Jersey; and the remainder from the rest of the United States and Japan. Admission is selective.
High school student, why did you come to Harvard this summer?