Of the 43,710 students on this campus, we’re featuring 12 in our issue as The Statement’s 2014 Students of the Year. Deciding our Students of the Year was a tough call. After all, the University of Michigan is a huge institution that houses remarkable talent, empathy, and above all, rich and powerful stories from each of the students enrolled. Our Wolverines don’t play small games. We’re big-hearted, big-voiced. We use our vocal cords. We stomp our feet. We dream. We spark change.
The Statement staff is tremendously proud to feature our Students of the Year in this semester’s final issue. From filmmakers to social movement leaders to entrepreneurs to arts visionaries, these students cannot be reduced to a bullet pointed list of simple accomplishments. Rather, they’re multi-dimensional, passionate and inspire us to be better listeners, informers and students of the world — not simply of the classroom. Congratulations to our 2014 Students of the Year. We hope their stories motivate you to ignite even greater change and awe across this campus. Enjoy the issue.
“I want to congratulate Jordan,” President Barack Obama said, before mentioning Morgan’s undergraduate degree in engineering and the master’s degree in manufacturing engineering that he’ll receive next month. “That’s the kind of student-athlete we’re talking about.”
It takes more than just numbers to lead a team back to prominence and an Elite Eight finish. To get that far, you have to have competitors, of which LSA Senior Nkem Ezurike was one of the fiercest.
The transfer process is not only stressful academically, but can leave students feeling socially isolated in a new environment after having missed the formative early years of college. That’s where LSA senior Tyler Mesman made a change on campus.
With this consistent love of performing and the arts, Naoum came to the University not to pursue her own path to stardom, but to learn how her craft could be used to empower others and affect change in communities.
It’s an old adage of film: When you get to the top, don’t forget the little people. Student filmmaker and LSA senior Zaineb Abdul-Nabi has already found success in the industry.
From the #BBUM campaign to the reading of the BSU’s seven demands on Martin Luther King Jr. day, Collier has led and improved his community by drawing attention to the many issues still facing Black and other minority students on campus.
In May, he will receive a Masters of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business and a Doctor of Medicine from the Medical School.
Jeff Sorensen & Tim Pituch
The success of optiMize is dependent on its ability to help students take the first step towards putting their own ideas and interests into action. For the organization’s founders, their partnership provided that initiative.
“As an active, participating student at the University of Michigan who has friends here, who lives here as a social being, seeing needs that are unmet is where I seek action,” Public Policy junior Carly Manes said.
Zeinab Khalil & Ciarra Ross
The Michigan Women of Color Collective was designed to give women an opportunity to be heard and offer them a place to discuss racial tension at Michigan.