Chelsea (Critical Social Thought, Mount Holyoke College) photo

Chelsea (Critical Social Thought, Mount Holyoke College)

“Chelsea will be a force on her campus, a heat-seeking missile to any organizations that profess a social justice mission and any that connect her with those passionate about black excellence.”

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Crystal (Biology & Chinese, Hamilton College) photo

Crystal (Biology & Chinese, Hamilton College)

“Hands down the most intellectually curious student I have met.”

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Drew (Business, Howard University) photo

Drew (Business, Howard University)

His achievements are those of “a young man who understands how hard work and focus can transform pain to power.”

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Fatouma (Biology, SUNY Oneonta) photo

Fatouma (Biology, SUNY Oneonta)

“I come from Niger, where people believe it’s not worth spending money on girls’ educations. Yet I have wanted to go to college since I was 7 years old.”

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Frank (Chemical Engineering, Hamilton College) photo

Frank (Chemical Engineering, Hamilton College)

 "I have learned to focus less on what I don’t have and more on what I do have."

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Jameelah (Biology and Society, Cornell University) photo

Jameelah (Biology and Society, Cornell University)

"I want to pursue medical research ... to find solutions and help others, so that my dream of going to school with my sisters can be another little girl’s reality."

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Lawrence (Computer Science, SUNY Stony Brook) photo

Lawrence (Computer Science, SUNY Stony Brook)

“Fighting Tourette's Syndrome has taught me a significant lesson about overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles through dedication and perseverance. Instead of being a victimized survivor, I have come out a stronger fighter.”

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Maureen (Mechanical Engineering, New York University) photo

Maureen (Mechanical Engineering, New York University)

Maureen found that she was able to use math and art to “connect and understand a plethora of people, who in return, did the same.”

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Qadeer (Economics, Gettysburg College) photo

Qadeer (Economics, Gettysburg College)

“He radiates the peace for which he longs, remains calm and balanced, and does not let life’s stressors frazzle him."

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Rebecca (Computer Science, NYIT) photo

Rebecca (Computer Science, NYIT)

She is the valedictorian of her class, active in its theater program, including as a writer, and a member of a wrestling team that ranks eighth in the city.

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Safiatu (Nursing & Global Public Health, New York University) photo

Safiatu (Nursing & Global Public Health, New York University)

“I want to be the woman little girls see and realize that it is beautiful to love and be yourself.”

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Shukria (Pre-medicine, Columbia University) photo

Shukria (Pre-medicine, Columbia University)

“School is the place where I come not only to learn how to read and write perfectly, but also where I can explore without rules.”

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Walid (Aerospace Engineering, Fordham University) photo

Walid (Aerospace Engineering, Fordham University)

He aims to be an astronaut. “I’m addicted to space,” he told us, and reminisced about climbing to the roof of his home in Yemen to look at the stars.

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