FOR SEIZING EVERY OPPORTUNITY:
John Ferguson was accepted into college at age 16. How did he do it? John grew up in rural southwest Ohio, ran a global footwear nonprofit, spent two summers with Fulbright in South Korea, and worked with a team to put on the nation’s largest student-run tech conference. He spent the summer, before his senior year of high school, with the U.S. Department of State, while living in a small Chinese industrial town.
John returned home to Ohio and graduated high school a year early – becoming his district’s youngest graduate in history. After graduating, he was recruited by entrepreneur Mehendra Vora to build a college application mentorship company that was funded on a $2.5m valuation.
All of these accomplishments contributed to John being accepted to Harvard at age 16. Before attending Harvard, he took a gap year in China, enrolled in a Beijing public school, and worked with a billionaire in Shenzhen.
Recently, John completed his freshman year at Harvard.