That Book about Harvard
Surviving the World's Most Famous University, One Embarrassment at a Time
"Eric Kester has written the kind of book I wish I had the courage and insight to write. His illuminations on everything from Larry Summers to the Harvard football team to cheating, tourists, and competitiveness are dead–on. His writing has also provided me with some of the best laugh–out–loud moments I've had in recent years. God knows Harvard could use some humor!" —PETER OLSON, FORMER CEO OF RANDOM HOUSE, HARVARD GRADUATE, AND CURRENT HARVARD PROFESSOR
One of the most thrilling and terrifying days of your life is the first day of college, when you step onto campus filled with the excitement of all the possibilities ahead—and panic about if you'll make it and how you'll fit in.
Now imagine that same feeling, but you're in the middle of the lawn at the world's most prestigious university.
In your underwear.
Thus begins one of the craziest years ever at Harvard, in which Eric Kester finds himself in a cheating scheme, trying to join a prestigious Finals Club, and falling for a stunning type-A brunette...who happened to be standing there in shock that first day when he made his red-faced stroll across the Harvard Yard.
That Book about Harvard is the hilarious and heartwarming story of trying to find your place in a new world, the unending quest to fit in, and how the moments that change your life often happen in the most unexpected ways.
Eric Kester graduated from Harvard in 2008, where he wrote a popular column for the undergraduate newspaper, the Crimson. Now a featured writer for CollegeHumor.com, Eric has also contributed to the Boston Globe, someEcards.com, and Dorkly.com.
Just in time for graduation season, Kester, a writer for collegehumour.com, shares his hilarious and poignant misadventures during his often humiliating first year at Harvard. On day one, he locks himself out of his room in his Incredible Hulk boxers and makes a memorable walk across the grounds to get a key. Having gotten into the esteemed school thanks to his grades and also his skills on the football field, he feels pressure on two fronts and routinely inadequate at a university so intensely competitive that there are even grades for the annual campus streaking before finals. At one of his lowest points he's contemplating not only the prospect of cheating on an exam but of also possibly failing a random drug test for the NCAA. Unable for hours to provide a sample in front of a witness, the tester eventually has to accompany Kester to class until he's able to perform. Although he survives to see a second semester and gains some traction academically and socially, he's felled by a broken heart. Depressed, the author considers quitting the football team and not returning to school. Like many other successful high school students, Kester struggles during freshman year with finding his identity, although with heightened anxieties that come with Ivy League admission. With self-deprecation and clear eyes, he deftly manages to dispel some of the Harvard mythos and his illusions as he learns to not take his achievements or himself so seriously