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Third Graders Dreaming Big Essay

What do you want to be when you grow up? Enter now and let us know in a drawing or essay, and you could win a $1,000 Grand Prize CHET direct-sold 529 account.


The CHET Dream Big! Competition is a drawing and essay contest. It encourages Connecticut students in grades K-8 to share their dreams of what they want to do after college for a chance to win big prizes. Now in its 11th year, The CHET Dream Big! Competition has helped hundreds of students and parents start thinking about saving for college early.

The CHET Dream Big! Competition runs from January 29, 2018 through March 30, 2018.

If mailing, entries MUST BE postmarked by March 30, 2018 and received NO LATER than April 4, 2018.


  • 4 $1,000 GRAND PRIZES: A maximum of four winners statewide will receive a $1,000 contribution to a CHET account. One winner will be selected from each of the following grade categories: K‑1, 2‑3, 4‑5 and 6‑8.
  • 44 $500 PRIZES: Winners will be selected as follows:
    • 8 winners from Connecticut's Turnaround schools. One boy and one girl from each grade category: K‑1, 2‑3, 4‑5 and 6‑8.
    • 32 winners from all other schools across the state. One child from each county, in each grade category: K‑1, 2‑3, 4‑5 and 6‑8.
    • 4 judges/sponsors picks, one child in each grade category: K‑1, 2‑3, 4‑5 and 6‑8.

We couldn't forget to award all the hard work and effort put forth by all the educators. The school in each county that submits the greatest percentage of completed student entries will be awarded $500.

Questions? Email us here.

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Connecticut students in grades K – 8 (or equivalent if homeschooled) wishing to participate in the 2018 CHET Dream Big! Competition must submit a completed official entry form along with an original work (art or essay) by March 30, 2018. Entries will not be returned.

Entry requirements as follows:

Grades K-3:
Show Us what you want to do after you go to college in an original drawing on an 8.5”x11” piece of paper.

Grades 4-8:
Tell Us how you will change the world after you go to college in 250 words or less (typed or hand written).

Submitting your entry:
You can enter online or by mail.


Enter by mail in three simple steps:

1) Download, complete and print the entry form. Be sure to include a signature of a parent or guardian and ensure all sections are completed.

2) Attach the entry form to the completed, original, 8.5"x11" work (drawing or essay). For grades K-3, include an original drawing illustrating, "What do I want to do after I go to college?" For grades 4-8, include an original essay responding to the question, "How will I change the world after I go to college?"

3) Mail your completed entry form and the original work to:

CHET Dream Big! Competition
P.O. Box 849
Groton, CT 06340

dreams and goals Essay

952 WordsOct 4th, 20134 Pages

One of the amazing things we have been given as humans is the unquenchable desire to have dreams of a better life, and the ability to establish goals to live out those dreams. Think of it: We can look deep within our hearts and dream of a better situation for ourselves and our families; dream of better financial lives and better emotional or physical lives; certainly dream of better spiritual lives. But what makes this even more powerful is that we have also been given the ability to not only dream but to pursue those dreams, and not only to pursue them, but the cognitive ability to actually lay out a plan and strategies (setting goals) to achieve those dreams. Powerful!

What are your dreams and goals? This isn’t what you already have…show more content…

No other people. No cell phone. No computer. Just you, a pad, a pen, and your thoughts.
Think about what really thrills you. When you are quiet, think about those things that really get your blood moving. What would you LOVE to do, either for fun or for a living? What would you love to accomplish? What would you try if you were guaranteed to succeed? What big thoughts move your heart into a state of excitement and joy? When you answer these questions, you will feel great and you will be in the "dream zone." It is only when we get to this point that we experience what our dreams are!
Write down all of your dreams as you have them. Don’t think of any as too outlandish or foolish—remember, you’re dreaming! Let the thoughts fly and take careful record.
Now, prioritize those dreams. Which are most important? Which are most feasible? Which would you love to do the most? Put them in the order in which you will actually try to attain them. Remember, we are always moving toward action, not just dreaming.

Here is the big picture: Life is too short to not pursue your dreams. Someday your life will near its end and all you will be able to do is look backward. You can reflect with joy or regret. Those who dream, who set goals and act on them to live out their dreams, are those who live lives of joy and have a sense of peace when they near the end of their lives. They have finished well, for themselves and for their families.

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