Harvard senior reflects on how a call changed his life

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 21:13 in Psychology & Sociology

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Dylan Wile learned he’d been accepted to Harvard 30 minutes before starting his shift at a local sports store in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The call from the admissions officer came as he was packing his dinner for the night and caught him completely off guard. The first-generation college student originally had been waitlisted and had made plans to attend a university in Canada. He’d even put down a deposit. After Wile hung up, he took a few minutes to compose himself. “I didn’t know it for certain at the time,” he said, “but my life completely changed trajectory.” Wile called his mother, who was in the middle of her shift at a nearby restaurant. “I said, ‘Hey, I have some news. I just got into Harvard,’” he said. His mother went silent. “I heard people in the background asking her what...

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