In talking about Harvard students, many people automatically refer to Bill Gates with his dark framed glasses and a colored shirt, in a word, fashion-free. However, a recent freshman male beauty pageants may have done away with some Harvard stereotypes.
Harvard’s online Freeze College magazine holds a beauty pageant for newly enrolled male students every year since 2008. Now the third Mr. Harvard Freshman contest is ongoing. Who will be the lucky guy? Maybe the last contest can give us some clues.
Being Mr. Harvard Freshman is really a tough job: In addition to looks, the winner needs to have a sense of humor and an outgoing, charismatic personality. But before all that, he has to undergo a rather grueling competition to win the title. Out of over 700 freshmen from all over the world, 80 were chosen to take part in the contest. A second vote by students picked 30 to go on to the next round. Only 13 could make it to the final, in which they underwent a strict exam. After that, online voters selected their favorite man, and a Mr. Harvard Freshman emerged. This genuinely fair procedure means Mr. Harvard Freshman deserves his legend, “the star of Harvard"
“哈佛先生“的遴選標準近乎苛刻——除了外形出眾、幽默、機智和富有人格魅力外，還要經歷層層考驗。首先是海選，從700多名來自世界各地的哈佛新生中公開投票選出80名入圍選手，然后再由全校學生網絡公投，選出30名進入半決賽，一番 PK后留下13名男生，在接受各方面人士的嚴格考核和網絡投票后，最終誕生一位“哈 佛先生“。整個選舉過程遵循真實、公平的原則，可以說，最終奪冠的這位“哈佛男生“ 絕對是實至名歸的“哈佛之星“。
In the last step of Mr. Harvard Freshman contest, the 13 contestants were waiting for the result of the final voting. The 13 handsome boys were from America, Singapore, France and Finland, among other countries. Their different cultural backgrounds made for different personalities. Some were athletes，some were refined; others were nervous, obviously scared by the occasion.
在“哈佛先生“比賽的最后環節，13名候選者 正等待最后一次網絡投票。13位帥哥來自美國、新 加坡、法國和芬蘭等國家和地區，不同的文化背景 也造就了他們迥然不同的氣質，既有斯文學院派，又有陽光運動男，當然，憂郁靦腆型的也很受歡迎。
In order that students could get a better insight into the young men, Freeze College made available detailed online profiles to Harvard’s voting public. On the topic webpage, in addition to the basic information of the 13 contestants, there were questions for the guys to answer; for example “Why do you think Harvard girls are the best?“
為了讓學生們更加了解這13位花樣美男，“冰凍校園“在網上開辟了專題供候選者展示風采。在“哈佛先生“的專題中，除了 13 位選手的基本資料外，還附有一些機智問答，比如“為什么你認為哈佛的女生最棒“ 等問題。
But flattering the female voters doesn’t necessarily make a candidate a winner. Mr. Harvard Freshman 2011, Siddhant Singh, from Mumbai, India said that a relationship should develop naturally; showering a girl with complements wasn’t the way to her heat. The simplicity and honesty of his answer must have gone a long way to winning him that year’s Mr. Harvard Freshman title.
盡管每個選手都會在回答中對哈佛女生極盡贊譽，但這并不代表嘴甜就能奪冠。 相反，事實證明，哈佛女生還真不吃這一套——第一屆冠軍是來自印度孟買的斯丁哈特?森格，他甚至認為不需要故意跟女孩搭訕，如果有緣，那么感情自然而然會發生。 這樣樸實無華但又智慧十足的回答，立刻捕獲了眾多支持者的心，使他戰勝其他對手。