I actually used to tell people that I was the mistake. I use to tell people that Harvard made a mistake when they admitted me. I didn’t have the perfect SAT score or the straight A average. My college essay was about the first play I ever directed and at the time Harvard did not have a theatre concentration (they do now)!
As I remember it an older Harvard student told me I was a mistake freshman year because of these reasons and I just went with it. Everyone seemed smarter, more impressive, better at everything. Even though I came from St. Paul’s that didn’t seem to matter much. I was the mistake.
It doesn’t feel that way anymore.