In his memoir, "Travels", that was released in 2002, Michael Crichton takes readers back several decades to his days as a Harvard student when he suspected his literature professor was giving him bunk grades:
I had gone to college planning to become a writer, but early on a scientific tendency appeared. In the English department at Harvard, my writing style was severely criticized and I was receiving grades of C or C+ on my papers. At eighteen, I was vain about my writing and felt it was Harvard, and not I, that was in error, so I decided to make an experiment. The next assignment was a paper on Gulliver’s Travels, and I remembered an essay by George Orwell that might fit. With some hesitation, I retyped Orwell’s essay and submitted it as my own. I hesitated because if I were caught for plagiarism I would be expelled; but I was pretty sure that my instructor was not only wrong about writing styles, but poorly read as well. In any case, George Orwell got a B- at Harvard, which convinced me that the English department was too difficult for me.
I decided to study anthropology instead. But I doubted my desire to continue as a graduate student in anthropology, so I began taking premed courses, just in case.
It's highly likely that Crichton had submitted Orwell's "Politics vs. Literature: An Examination of Gulliver's Travels" 1946 essay.
Afterwards, Crichton kept writing to the side and eventually attended Harvard Medical School. Several decades later, Crichton published many great novels - some even making it to the big screen. Most notable of these is Jurassic Park, which recently had a reboot with the release of Jurassic World.