Surviving Harvard: 7 stories from freshman year

From his new book 'That Book About Harvard,' writer Eric Kester shares stories of his embarrassments and mishaps at America's most famous college.

By , Staff Writer

3. Behavior in an emergency

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    Kirkland House at Harvard University

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On the day Kester was supposed to have a midterm exam, there was what was rumored to be a bomb threat. Kester says he didn't exactly keep calm. "Apparently there was a precedent for this at Harvard, and soon the whispers began to spread through the aisles: bomb threat," he wrote. "I thought of the barks I heard echoing from the hallway earlier.... did those woofs actually come from a bomb-sniffing dog? I wasn't sticking around to find out. Neither were any of my classmates, who began to rush toward the exit in a panic. Even though I suspected this was most likely a false alarm, I wasn't taking any chances. Sprinting through the mass of students bottlenecked at the doors, I even body-checked one slowpoke into a trash bin. It wasn't my finest moment."

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