By Dakota Buhler, George Fox University
One of the top Standard Poodle handlers in the United States, Seattle Pacific University senior Lindsay Gorder sets her sights on canines and corporate law.
By Jordan Coughlin, Rowan University
The Emory student, who’s double-majoring in Viola and Chinese and pursuing a PhD in Ethnomusicology, was the first non-Chinese student to play in the Peking University Orchestra.
By Bria Jones, Georgia Southern University
In high school, the William and Mary student was moved after hearing about the lack of reading materials in Ghana, and has worked to help ever since.
By Patrick Murtha, Eastern Connecticut State University
The University of Central Florida student is already fast at work passing education-related legislation.
By Kristian Porter, Northern Kentucky University
The pageant star, EDS survivor and Mount St. Mary’s University student is working to change how society deals with hard-to-diagnose disorders.
By Ashley Wertz, University of Pittsburgh
Rebecca Shoptaw, a Yale student and founder of ‘Middlemarch: The Series,’ is one of a handful of representation-oriented student filmmakers across the country.
By Lindsay Biondy, University of Pittsburgh
Rajat Bhageria, entrepreneur and founder of ThirdEye Technologies, set out to create revolutionary software and succeeded wildly.
By Madeleine Ngo, University of Florida
Landegem, one of the few non-engineering students at the Stevens Institute of Technology, found the school a perfect fit for her cerebral aesthetic.
By Study Breaks Staff
Though she does know a lot about agriculture, Cole is more focused on reforming the education system than carving rib-eyes.
By Flavia Martinez, Amherst College
The French and Spanish Linguistics student studies languages as rare as Occitan and Faroese, and is currently working at the University of Barcelona.
By Uwana Ikaiddi, University of Central Florida
Bass, a student at Chapman College and director of ‘Black Magic,’ is looking at racism through a different lens.
By Phillip Bugajski, Loyola University Chicago
By charting and capturing every murder scene in the city for a year, Amy Berbert is bringing visceral awareness to the city’s deadly problem.
By Jasmin Suknanan, Stony Brook University
After leading a protest calling for increased supervision of frats and sororities, Odasz worked with Northwestern’s dean of students to reduce rape.
By Cassidy Leslie, University of Nevada Reno
After leading a sit-in at the university president’s office, the sophomore has already begun drawing up plans for next year.
While his live visuals have grown Jimenez’ popularity around the city, the Studio Art major has his hands in a variety of ventures, including his pop up, Scenario Vintage.
By Alicia Drier, Roosevelt University
A Biochemistry and Biological Engineering double major, freshman Mitchell Scott talks about his experience as a non-traditional Ivy League student.
By Kayla Kibbe, Connecticut College
The company, which was started by Northwestern student Lucas Philips, solves a problem for both its clients and its ambitious co-founder.
By Kara Mercer, Northern Illinois University
The aspiring physician was recognized this year by the American Association of University Women for her intersectional advocacy.
The globetrotting junior already has a number of gorgeous projects under her belt, touching on narratives from surf culture to apartheid.
By Ben Zhang, Duke University
Michael Nowoslawski, a parkour fiend and Marketing major, brought the spotlight to his school through his success in the obstacle course television show.
By Tylah Silva, Emerson College
A poor fit at UCSC and struggles with depression forced Anderson away from college volleyball, but now she’s helping others overcome their struggles.
By Payton Ramey, University of Central Florida
The Strategic Communications major is addressing consent in the most direct, approachable way—animated genitals.
By Jessie Yang, The University of Hong Kong
Lin has made a name for himself with his theatre criticism, but faces a challenge in overcoming the discouraging consumption trends of his young country.
By Emma Taubenfeld, Pace University
Only a junior in college, Butler’s social media acumen and eye for promotion have helped her climb the ranks of NYFW.
By Gwynn Lyons, Stanford University
After losing his leg in Iraq, Rohn rededicated his life to an entirely different kind of service.
By Rachael Seamands, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Led by the efforts of Guzman, the school’s first Latina, differently abled president, the duo have an ambitious agenda set for the university.
By Nicole Fryer, University of Pittsburgh
The Cleveland Institute of Art student makes pieces that are almost—almost—too stunning to wear.
By D'Ariel Myrick, University of Georgia
Through her Etsy store, ‘The Wilder Prints,’ Sarah Talbot is proving that even saints have a wild side.
And you debate going to your 8 a.m.
By Miguel Robles, University of Colorado Denver
After nearly dropping out of high school, Nickerson has created a booming catering business that’s landed him a post-grad gig cooking under Neil Perry.
After dropping out of a Kentucky election last year, the 24-year-old Interdisciplinary Studies major is taking a shot at Cincinnati politics.
By Timothy K. DesJarlais, University of Arizona
Vega, a law student at the University of Idaho, has seen firsthand how government persecution can lead to violence in migrant communities.
By Mattie Winowitch, Waynesburg University
A Music Therapy major, Harris’ performances as •f i g• and the venue she operates, Titter’s Diner, are both rooted in gender and sexual openness.
By Eric McInnis, Arcadia University
Student Irene Syriac is the director behind ‘Hush,’ a monologue play produced by members of the school’s Yoni Ki Baat club.
Nascent pop star and Stanford undergrad Taylor Grey talks fame and finals with Uwana Ikaiddi.
By Galen Patterson, California State University, Fullerton
Unsatisfied with Western medicine’s lack of a spiritual component, Leo John Bird has decided to combine the best of both traditions.
For members of Michigan State’s Water Ski Club, the hardest part is picking a lake.
While other high schoolers were getting their first jobs, Holstein was already creating Pufferfish Software.
In typical Houstonian fashion, she wouldn’t tell us her favorite restaurant, probably for fear of it becoming too popular.
By Devin Ross, Middle Tennessee State University
Three members of Ryerson University’s champion cricket team discuss being the faces of North America’s fastest-growing sport.
The Brigham Young student and aspiring graphic designer recently had her work showcased in the Franklin S. Harris Center in Provo.
After being arrested and nearly illegally deported, Southwest School of Art student Josue Romero has become a symbol of community resistance.
By Alli Guaman, Marymount Manhattan College
Alex Bonfiglio, founder of the Green Mountain Veggies club, is turning her for passion for veganism into a schoolwide initiative.
By Yoni Yardeni, Pierce College
The producer, performing artist and YouTube sensation has a surprise planned for fans when he reaches 37 million views.
By Isabella Waldron, Scripps College
Driven by curiosity to tinker with the form of traditional pants, Jack Cavenaugh’s clothing borders on experimental.
By Mary Kiser, Trident Technical College
Hoo, a student at SCAD and the founder of ‘Oh My Drifter,’ has released her organic, gluten-free, vegan and cruelty-free skincare line, ‘Drifter Organics.’
Tanaka and his organization have been critical in combatting the ‘single-story narrative’ of illegal immigration, especially at Harvard.
By Terry Mooney, Ohio State University
Shane Weisman, an Ohio State transfer who found his musical calling in college, is recording an album with Lumineers’ producer Simone Felice.
By Jonathan Kim, University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Portland student set out to do everything his mother wanted to do in life, creating a gut-wrenching film in the process.
By Deshia Dunn, Central Michigan University
The event, an annual student fashion show in Austin, represents a year’s work for Spencer and twenty other students.
Bachman, who has family members with disabilities, works with a 28-year-old buddy and is majoring in Early Childhood and Special Education.
Abad, the music director of the school’s radio station, also organized ‘Play Like a Grrrl,’ an all-girls show that fundraised for the local women’s shelter.
The app, which provides tools and information for activism, is the Holy Cross student’s way of making civic engagement simple.
Through her movement, ‘The Cherry Project,’ Pinkley shares the personal stories of students and peers to inspire others.
The College of Idaho student and lifelong athlete knew that if she created the team, members would come.
The talented nineteen-year-old is already being commissioned by ‘Nylon’ and ‘Rookie’ for her eccentric eye.
The Syracuse University student is creating custom, one-of-a-kind clothing for any university.
Freshman Andrew Bower will do just about anything to become a stage actor, including impersonating a Mark Twain impersonator.
Yannie Chan, an award-winning hip-hop dancer and student, spent several months alone to re-orient her sense of pace.
The University of Pennsylvania senior is using his perspective as a student and his background in public health to change how society deals with substance abuse.
Believe it or not, after winning the Google Science Fair with her invention, Brittany Wenger is up to even more impressive research today.
By Kristina Fernandez, Florida State University
The burgeoning social-media celebrity dishes on the demands of running a lifestyle account as a college student.
The team, which was founded in 1919 and is led by student Paco Falcon, has kept a proud tradition alive for almost a century.
In one work, ‘Walking in Manhattan,’ Zhang spent weeks walking the city to paint an aspect of every neighborhood in New York.
Hsu, a Public Health major at UC Berkeley and Spoon University pioneer, talks the shifting student palate.
The Business Administration major loves philosophy and identifies with Superman. Coincidence?
The Economics major has had a knack for entrepreneurship since he was eight years old, when he sold parking spots to tailgaters in his parents’ front lawn.
Can 22-year-old Michigan State student Myya D. Jones become the youngest mayor in Detroit’s history?
Loftin, a Photography major, exposes the subtlety of racist representation through bright, minimalist shots of hooded black boys.
Through fostering Captain, a dog with swimmer-puppy syndrome, Vickers has been inspired to help other disadvantaged pups.
During his appearance on ‘Jeopardy: College Championship Edition,’ Mehta got to cross two items off his bucket list.
The Industrial Design major is solving the nation’s flower-pollination problems.
Glantz and co-founder Aidan Folbe are the creators of GiftAMeal, an app that donates to food banks every time you go out to eat.
Meet Maggie Kennedy, a ‘nasty woman’ set on informing the public on political issues and women’s rights.
By Tyler Fitch, Florida State University
A Business Administration major at Clark Atlanta University, Calvin Robinson, a.k.a. youngcalimojo, knows that making it as a rapper is about more than just music.
With his iPad band ‘Touch,’ the Music Education major is providing access to quality music and helping special-needs youth.
Wilson, whose upcoming stint with NATO forbids her from providing details, is fighting sex trafficking, terrorism and gang violence, all as a sophomore.
By Karen Juarez, University of Illinois at Chicago
The University of Portland student is focused on something more fleeting than the perfect shot.
By graduating high school early, the University of Colorado, Denver, student was able to self-publish her novel ‘And Then There’s You.’
By Sophie Hurlock, Xavier University
Thienel left behind a scholarship and a career in journalism when she heard the voice of God during a church retreat.
By applying Islamic principles of finance, Wani hopes to change the way corporations work.
The Paul Quinn College junior overcame multiple relocations, illness and a broken education system to become one of the most ambitious students in the country.
Truesdale is the founder of Solar for Our Superheroes, an organization that provides free solar roofing and education to public servants.
The Ithaca College student behind the photo series “It Happens” and “Dear Brock Turner” is making the realities of sexual assault in college clearer.
The University of Texas freshman has been creating and running his own businesses since he was nine years old.
Though conceived out of spite, Semicolon Theatre Company, which caters to under-21 performers, has become a massive success.
Through her company, Got Strings, the James Madison University junior teaches budding musicians and provides live music for wedding and other events.
When Detroit public schools cut music programs, the University of Michigan student took matters into his own hands and started Seven Mile Music.
The Black Cat Market, which Baloch co-founded with her friend Olivia Ciotoli, will serve coffee with a side of cat.
Maher Hachem, a.k.a. Munch, has been making music for seven years, and it shows.
Ball State freshman Heather Stafford shares her story of surviving and thriving in the face of anorexia nervosa.
By Rae-Kwon Andrews, Saint Leo University
Lamdin, a junior at Mission College, thinks modern health should utilize modern science.
The student body president of Oregon University dishes on her secret culinary dreams, and more, in the Study Breaks questionnaire.
By Lindsey Davis, Iowa State University
Springob, who battled severe depression and anxiety in high school, now travels the country helping other students suffering from the same problems.
By Michelle Criqui, James Madison University
At Kansas State University, Beyond Homeschooled works to ease the transition of non-traditional students into college.
By Aliyah Thomas, Mount Saint Mary College
The Pratt student’s work is proof that industrial design is about more than just the chisel and the blade.
The UW-Madison junior is petitioning her school to offer ten scholarships to Syrian refugees.
Multiple sclerosis left Alexa Silvers legally disabled at sixteen, but an unpublicized treatment option completely cured her.
For the Parrotheadz of James Madison University, channeling the iconic musician’s laid-back vibe is the key to happiness.
The Hamline University student turns stories of anorexia, sexual abuse and misogyny into anthems of confidence.
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