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Dandelion Dreams Essay | Top Harvard Personal Statement Examples

Top 50 Harvard Application Essay Example #50

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to help many high schoolers write their personal statements.  Fortunately, many got into their dreams schools including Carnegie Mellon University, Northwestern University and UCLA.  Frankly, some of them probably wouldn’t have garnered admissions if it weren’t for the examples they were able to emulate before obtaining acceptance.  However, most of them didn’t even know these existed.

Fortunately for them, I did.

I have a batch of favorite essays I share with my students.  With our blog, I plan on sharing many of them with some of you out there who are aiming to do the same.  The following is one of my favorites that I’ve had the privilege to discover.  And it wasn’t because it was right in front of me.

This one in particular was the LAST essay example in the book “50 Successful Harvard Application Essays.”

“Dandelion Dreams” By Emmeline Chuang 

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Top Personal Statement Examples: The Zebra College Essay

This is one of my favorite creative college essay examples for students.  It shows how a student can answer the boring personal statement prompts with flair.  At the same time, it answers the question in a strong effort to be like a … well … zebra.

The Zebra College Essay Video

Model Personal Statement: The Zebra Essay                 

There comes a time in every man’s life when he must answer a character-defining question: If you could have a super power, what would it be? This hypothetical subject has been debated among underage heroes for centuries; it has been heard on playgrounds, in tree houses, and under manholes all over the planet. Its answers come as varied as transliterated spellings of “Hanukkah.” Read more

Best Summer Programs for Elite High Schoolers

Elite Programs for High Schoolers

Summer Programs at Harvard


The Pre-College Program and Secondary School Program (SSP) will be offered this summer in an online format.

Changes to Courses and Course Formats

Pre-College: Courses open to Pre-College Program students will be offered as Online (live) web conference and taught at the time listed in the course catalog. While we understand that it may be difficult for students who are not in Eastern Time to participate in synchronous courses, we feel it is important to maintain a seminar-style experience in Pre-College Program courses. Please review the Admitted Students page for more information.

SSP: Harvard Summer School courses, in which SSP students enroll, are offered in several online formats. Updates to the Summer School course catalog are forthcoming.

Summer at Harvard

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Best List of Gifted & Summer Programs for Kids

Gifted Programs for 3 yos through 12th Grade

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

“Our core mission is to serve bright learners and their families through our renowned programs, research, counseling services, and advocacy. Because in identifying and developing the talents of advanced pre-university students to better our world today, we hope to improve it for generations to come.


CTY is dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced pre-college students around the world.

Our educational programs offer young scholars an opportunity to join a learning community like no other. Led by world-class educators, students engage with rigorous academic work alongside peers who share their exceptional abilities and love of learning.

      • Learning pathways for grades 2–12
      • Online courses available worldwide
      • Summer sites across the U.S. and Hong Kong
      • Scholarships and financial aid available

Online Programs

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The education wasn’t worth a damn. ”

~Rainer Weiss, Nobel Laureate in Physics

The Nobel Prize is one of the top accolades anybody can achieve.  As a result, we regularly associate the winners with being the “best minds” in society.  As a result, we’ve collected both the latest “Nobel Minds” series from 2014 through 2020 and all the videos on “Education” from the organization.

For our future learners, we hope this is as didactic as it was for these people who have  learned whatever it took to win.

5 Nobel Laureates on their Favorite Teachers

The Nobel Minds Series of Videos

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