Harvard is never quite the same once you actually become a student here. Before you commence those four years spent face-down on the wooden desks of Lamont in despair, you think that a lot of things about Harvard are pretty cool. Like the chemically-enhanced green grass in the Yard. The buildings that look old enough to have housed tea parties for John Harvard himself. The classes, the professors, the glamour of academia—everything. Name one thing about Harvard, and it'll send an ambitious high schooler into a tizzy.

We took a stroll with Anthony R. Lafontant, a rising junior in high school and a current student in the Summer School Program, to get his take on Harvard as a fresh-faced non-undergraduate. The takeaway lesson: There's really nothing quite as beautiful as Harvard when you're in high school. Dream on, kids, dream on.