The Harvard Comp Process

Competing for competence.  The Comp. Most freshmen have never heard this word before arriving on campus, but by the end of Opening Days it will be one of the foremost of innumerable ‘Harvard-isms’ that dominate the vocabulary of first semester. The comp is the process by which thousands of Harvard students attempt to demonstrate their worth to extracurriculars in college after demonstrating their worth in extra-curriculars in high school. Officially, the comp stands for competency, but after my first few weeks here, I definitely get the feeling that it actually stands for ‘competition.’  Despite the insistence on the term representing …






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