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Introspection

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Endpaper

Skating Beyond Legacy Lines

You can only circle an area so many times before the joy dulls into monotony.

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Ryan Introspection 3

Ryan stands with Kenneth B. Morris Jr. before a Belfast mural of his great-great-great-grandfather, Frederick Douglass.

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Ryan Introspection 4

The famous Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland.

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Ryan with his parents and younger brother, Alan, at a cousin’s wedding reception earlier this spring.

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Ryan Introspection 2

Ryan pictured with his family in 2007 by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

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A Senior’s River Run

Ever since I got to Harvard, I’ve wanted to make my time as “normal” as possible to correct for the abnormality in my path to this institution.

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Introspection

Learning to Fail

Is it vulnerable or honest about the reality of being at this school? Or is it playing to an aesthetic standard of what a Harvard student is supposed to be: personality, friendships, and academic success, all in one? These performances feed into a perception, however misguided, of students at Harvard and other elite universities as universally capable and flawless super-students, without even the possibility of failure.

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Zadie Smith 1

Before I saw Harvard through my own eyes, I saw it through Zadie Smith’s.

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Zadie Smith 2

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Trauma Plotting

I wanted to appeal to admissions officers in the way that my classmates were — by writing about our trauma — without really exposing myself.

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A Manufactured Metamorphosis

The new version of myself I’d created no longer belonged to me.

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The Fish that Loved Me

Sardines were there for me when no one else was.

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Balancing Act

How do I reconcile these complicated histories with the kind of future I’m aspiring toward?

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Personal Statement

Even after filling up a notebook and a half, I didn’t know myself at all, and I certainly couldn’t know myself in 650 words.

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Taking the Bait

College admissions for selective institutions have no longer become a competition of test grades or grade point averages, but a race to the bottom to demonstrate prodigious authenticity.

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