Seeking to turn the tables on college and university presidents, The Wall Street Journal
asked 10 of them to answer a question from their own school's admission packets. Among those 10 was Reed College's Colin Diver
chose one question from the application packet at random for each school president to answer. Told to accept no help or rewrites, the exercise was to show how challenging the act of writing a college application could be.
Diver was asked how he would add to the campus from his own upbringing. After wrestling with the answer for days, Diver decided to discuss living in South Boston and an incident in which he attacked a man with a baseball bat to defend a woman being mugged.
Like his nine peers, Diver had a 500-word cap. The results, including Diver's entire reply can be found here