Sema’Jay Hall, San Francisco State University
“Vagina Monologues” co-director and sorority sister Briana Grogan is part of a new wave of intersectional empowerment.
Elizabeth Ivanecky, McMaster University
Inspired by a personal experience, Danya Sherman created KnoNap to help detect and prevent drug-facilitated sexual assault.
Diego Galicia, Valencia College
After her victory in the ‘Master the Mainframe’ competition, the 22-year-old Anna McKee from the University of North Texas found new inspiration for her future career.
Adriana Luna, Northwest Vista College
USC’s Cameron Kostopoulos directs his future in cinematography, using his YouTube channel to make his debut in the film industry.
Tabitha Prisinzano, Columbia College of Missouri
Berkeley freshman, Eleanor Hammond, is treading a path to greatness: writing the next big feminist musical.
Cleo-Symone Scott, Virginia Commonwealth University
The USC senior showcased the beauty of the South and the amazing things that female artists can accomplish with her first solo photography exhibition.
These careers are the most likely, statistically speaking, to help you become a billionaire.
Brittany Sims, Temple University
NYU’s Isabella Bruder is a YouTube force to be reckoned with.
Ana Greening, Texas State University
‘I think people still think opera singers only scream and are fat. I would say screaming is not what we do.’
Plamedie Ifasso, Texas Woman’s University
Stephanie Everett, draws from her own experiences in her one-person play “It’s Fine, I’m Fine” to raise awareness and inspire others.
Kerrianna Wallace, Arcadia University
University of Maryland senior, Emily Starobin, hopes to catch a glimpse of the Maryland state insect with the Baltimore Checkerspot Project.
Samantha Jorgens, Central Michigan University
Travel and daily interactions with people inspire this Boston University student’s music.
Audrey Bowers, Ball State University
Before launching YouMakeYou, Triolo found herself taking time off from university after suffering from post-concussion syndrome.
Bonnie Wong, University of Southern California
A dog isn’t mankind’s only friend.
Emily Craig, University of North Alabama
Surround yourself with stories and fictional worlds as you grow as a writer.
Kayla Morosco, Chatham University
The 19-year-old freshman at the University of Arizona, Stanley Wong, is leading an initiative to combine clean energy and agriculture.
Jonathan Christian, Northwest Vista College
As the founder of JCSoft Inc., the MIT undergraduate is a rising talent with the potential to change the gaming industry forever.
Liam Ainslie Mayo, Bard College
Jacob Pavlecic’s decision to run for office began with the question, ‘Why not us?’
Michele Mendez, Temple University
Rowan College’s Lauren Purnell combats homeless stereotypes with her blog called Naming the Homeless.
Katie Lommen, Saint Louis University
Georgia College senior Mackenzie Roux wants to restore joy, hope, love, peace and the simplicity of childhood with her nonprofit.
Emilie Romero, University of Nevada
This young American artist had enough ambition to pack her bags and move halfway across the world to Israel.
Vanessa Le, Chabot College
Kaia Del Sol proves that you don’t have to lead the typical college life to find purpose and happiness.
Cason Ragland, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
They may not be books or films, but games can still tell captivating stories that players love.
Rebecca Crosby, American University
Rice University’s sophomore works to start important conversations about domestic and relationship violence even before it has a chance to affect the community.
Selena Lundy, Grand Valley State University
Annie Noelker is bringing new angles to her photography by accompanying it with her writing and music.
Haley Newlin, Southern New Hampshire University
For UNC’s rower Kate Hickert, ‘If every woman fights with all the power inside of her, I know that we can level the playing field and amaze everyone.’
Isabelle Mencia, University of Florida
DePaul University’s Bushra Amiwala is proving to the world that young people can engage in politics and make positive changes in their society.
Kate Maxwell, NC State University
Donna Imadi, a sophomore at George Mason University, founded InvestinYOUth, a program which mentors at-risk youth in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Grace John, Rutgers University
With her myriad of impressive internships and her political activism, Alicia Cannon hopes to be a voice for both the LGBTQ+ community and religion.
Onaje McDowelle, University of Texas at Austin
Olatiwa Karade is striving to help people to make their statements on social issues and be comfortable while they’re doing it.
Nola Hynes Brody, University of Houston-Victoria
UC Berkeley student Ash Bhat is taking on the world of fake news and social media bots with his creation of BotCheck.me and Robhat Labs.
Gillian Farnan, SUNY Cortland
GU’s Sam Shapiro aspires to have students connect to not only his writing but to every inclusive effort he performs on campus.
Erin Marie Winans, James Madison University
As a college senior, duendita already has a significant presence on Spotify and SoundCloud, especially after the release of her new EP.
Michaela Sickles, Suffolk University
University of Cincinnati’s Sarah Durham got together with an acting classmate to create a short film that would soon develop into Pajama Island Productions.
Miranda Maples, University of Tennessee
Student ambassador Haley Choate has perfected her college-work balance, and she makes juggling a dream job and college at the same time look simple.
Sarah Hoenig, Texas A&M University
UCLA student Vikash Singh transformed his health experience into a project that will bridge the gap between artificial intelligence and medical research.
Abraham Ramirez, University of California, Los Angeles
From making documentaries in Cuba to hitchhiking across the United States, Ramsee Chand is breathing new life into the filmmaking world.
Xavier Austin Reyna, University of Texas at San Antonio
An aspiring journalist and writer, Stepha Poulin is doing her best to inform the world, one honest news report at a time.
Julian Randall, Texas Tech University
The fashion blog created by SCAD’s Olivia Ewing is filled with gorgeous photos of stylish clothing, as well as Ewing’s trips to places like NYFW and southern France.
Sydney Jennings, University of Connecticut
YouTube star Nia Wellman is using her natural-hair beauty channel to encourage women of color to be more than just beautiful.
San Marcos rap collective PNTHN reflects on the five albums that helped define their sound.
Benny Diaz III, Southern New Hampshire University
Documentary filmmaker Lorenzo Benitez spent six months in northern Thailand in a volountourism program, which prompted him to explore the industry further.
Bethany Knickerbocker, Emerson College
Student loans and culinary aspirations have led two entrepreneurs to run illegal pop-up restaurants out of their dorms.
Ellyot Chen, Pasadena City College
Sophomore Keilah Granados, author of the poetry collection ‘Wanders the Night,’ finds resilience in the quiet of heartbreak.
Briana Perez, University of Texas at San Antonio
UTSA engineering student Hannah Clark uses faith and electronics to solve audio gospel problems in religiously sensitive countries.
Natalya Pomeroy, University of Houston
From Grand Canyon University, Sydney Grover turned her compassion for the homeless into a passion project that became a blog and pop-up shop to help them regain their confidence.
Taylor Miller, SUNY Cortland
Eni Asebiomo of Kean University deals with the struggles of navigating the college dating scene in her upcoming book ‘Chronicles of a Millennial Virgin’.
New York University student Sophia Hanson discusses her process and motivation as a writer while also juggling the demands of schoolwork.
Sam Kasierski, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Max Haensel is an example of Brown University’s finest in terms of track stars and the ability to raise huge amounts of money for charity.
Andria Modica, Drexel University
The University of New Hampshire’s Francesca Brose is an aspiring nurse with a mission: to help Haiti rebuild its health care system.
Valeria Garcia, University of Texas at Austin
Varehya Pratt, a junior at Colorado State University, is bringing representation across the country with her line of Zukente hats.
Boston University students Isabel “Izzy” Raye Weinberg and Kian McGee create music together that complements their talents.
Kayla Platoff, Maryville University
Twins Monica and Jenny Rokhman welcome their relatively normal life after competing in the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Megan Batt, SUNY Cortland
With the ferocity of football, half the rules and none of the protective gear, rugby is for only the toughest athletes, and Emma Gilroy is one such athlete.
Catherine Gregoire, University of Texas at Austin
NAMM award-winning, accordion-playing St. Petersburg College student is combining business and the music industry.
These gallivanting Stanford students are now mentoring other students and sharing their gap year experiences with the world.
This Alabama State University student is determined to define her own definition of beautiful.
As the name alludes to, Helix is the structure of DNA as well as an organization that forms the foundation of careers in medicine for minority students.
YouTuber Orly Sharpio has more than 50,000 subscribers to whom she offers college advice, shares her beauty routine and vlogs her life experiences.
Between classes, Hossain manages to make waves in the underground Bengali metal scene as a booking agent.
Ballart was born with spina bifida and is in a wheelchair, but she doesn’t let that stop her from living the life she wants.
Sarah Lynch, Marist College
The George Washington University student’s activism has inspired many to participate in the political cause in order to work toward a better future.
The Eleanor B. North Poetry Award recipient tackles themes such as anxiety and body images in her burgeoning poetry career.
Helen Fleischer looks to change the fashion industry and help those in the trans and gender-nonconforming communities get the underwear they want and need with her startup, IntimaQ.
Jack Brandon, University of Michigan
Four-part rock group Daddy’s Beemer delivers passionate ballads with deceptively intricate arrangements and good vibes.
Maahfio Otchere, Villanova University
Tasnima Tanzim, a RISD student and Bengali immigrant, channels the pallette of the Indian subcontinent into clean, thoughtful graphic design.
Maya Halabi, UTSA
Carnegie Mellon’s Sasha Cohen Ioannides, a sophomore and member of The Aquaponics Project, is using sunlight, food scraps and a shipping container to grow fish for the hungry.
DePaul University’s Michael Lynch talks Beyoncé, more Beyoncé and Michelle Obama.
Carli Scalf, Ball State University
Senior UVA student LeiLei Secor, founder of the wildly popular online store Designed By Lei, has used her jewelry-making skills to pay for her college degree.
Kathleen Danielson, Carleton College
At Brigham Young University, senior J.D. Goates is walking an ideological tight rope to protect the LGBTQ community.
Giselle Krachenfels, USC
Meet McKenna Carrigan, the Drake senior and Delta Gamma sister fighting sexual assault, one pair of jeans at a time.
Shashank Rao, University of Michigan
Pratt Institute senior Casiano Hamer, the director of the gritty but cinematographically stunning short film ‘STUD’, has his eyes set on gold when it comes to making movies.
As team manager for the UNC Tar Heels men’s basketball team, Emily Brickner-Hughes supervises one of the most prestigious athletic programs in the country, and is one of the only women in the field.
A conversation with Harvard’s Amanda Gorman, America’s first youth poet laureate.
Patrick Murtha, Eastern Connecticut State University
Stevenson University’s dodgeball phenom, Kris DeJesus, has his sights set on a dodgeball revolution.
Matiza, an undergraduate at Pennsylvania State University, reopened the online grocery and appliance store Zimbogini for citizens of his native country.
Lizzy Spangler, University of North Texas
American University student Maria Rose Belding is the founder of MEANS Database, a website that allows excess food to be shared with food banks to combat hunger.
The Baltimore student, whose research includes a stint at the Large Hadron Collider, is the school’s first-ever Rhodes scholar.
Alida Siebken, Radford University
Since forming And the Sky Turned Grey in 2011, Sacramento City College student Christopher Felix has played hundreds of live shows throughout the city.
Cameron Gilmour, sophomore physics and music tech at University of Vermont, improvises with music to communicate in a way better than words.
Lauren Lambert, Southeastern Louisiana University
University of Mississippi senior John Brahan highlights the issues around campus sexual assault allegations in his thesis play, ‘IX.’
Eliana DuBosar, Florida State University
Belmont University student Bethany Ann Warner is taking her musical ambition and relying on her faith and determination to make it big time.
Joiya Reid, Georgia Southern University
Julien Turner of Morehouse College is using his passion for films and film making to fight back racial stereotypes and educate the community on social issues.
Haileigh Galloway, Indian River State College
This student took the spreading of holiday cheer to the next level and donated to children in need.
Cheryl Sutton, Purdue University
Still new to competitive weightlifting, Meredith Alwine of Randolph College hasn’t let that stop her from lifting her way to the top.
After studying in Morocco, making her own short film and bringing the number one magazine for college women to Richmond, Lam shows no signs of slowing down.
King, the co-founder of the American Indian Student Association (AISA) at Indiana University, is working to solve an old problem in a modern way.
Kelly Lambkin, SUNY Cortland
First-year University of Oregon student Francesca Smith has recently penned a petition that suggests the potential removal of a derogatory mural on campus.
This University of Iowa student is devoting her time to advocating for survivors of sexual assault.
Louisiana State University’s Jason Badeaux talks of his dream job, the Kardashians and caramel.
Yale senior Lauren LaMonica is combining her love for public health with her passion for fostering class equity for first-generation and lower-income students.
To save a vital nonprofit, Garel began a fundraising effort predicated on doing things that no blind person had ever done before.
After the Charlottesville protests, Amalia Garcia-Pretelt began working for the city’s witness protection program, giving immigrants a voice by translating theirs.
Leslie Currie, University of Virginia
By combining green tea, kombucha, sugar and water, Liberty University senior Luis Quijano has developed a process to grow clothing. Now he wants to disrupt the fashion industry.
Miami-based synth-pop group Souvenir defies the recycled, washed-out sounds of the genre with preternatural talent and candor.
Delta Gamma member Addison Keilty has created an online platform to feature sorority women heading remarkable accomplishments in the science field.
Ithaca College’s Peter Champelli is using motion graphics, radio and video to create journalism with style.
After taking first place in LaunchLab’s Entrepreneur Pitch Contest, industrial engineering major Will Keefe is realizing he won more than he bargained for.
When the Illinois University of Saint Francis student came out of the closet, he helped transform college locker rooms across the country.
The University of Southern Mississippi student uses soft edges and muted colors to allow for occasional bursts of extreme contrasts.
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