Interesting Student Facts

As a member of the BU Class of 2018, you will join an impressive group of students from across the U.S. and around the world. Your talents are as diverse as your backgrounds!

Next September, you might find yourself sitting next to a classmate who:

  • Interned at NASA
  • Founded a nonprofit that helps orphans in India and raised more than $1 million for its work
  • Played piano with jazz musician, Wynton Marsalis
  • Advanced as a semifinalist on Teen Jeopardy 2012
  • Received an Emmy nomination for an original musical composition
  • Started a basketball league for children with autism
  • Performed in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins
  • Developed a new model for measuring breast cancer biomarkers through research
  • Founded a service learning initiative to address the academic achievement gap
  • Formed a Texas Junior Roller Derby League
  • Established three educational computer labs in Nassau for under-served Bahamian children
  • Competed in the National Rubik’s Cube Competition
  • Designed costumes for Broadway shows
  • Won the jury prize at SXSW in the high school filmmakers category
  • Competes on the US Karate Team
  • Produces water safety videos for children
  • Used microscopic worms to study human addiction
  • Designs and sells handplanes for body surfing made from repurposed wood
  • Started a non-profit that supplies dental supplies to underprivileged children
  • Competes as a nationally ranked chess player
  • Launched a company that delivers donated flowers to hospitals, senior centers and hospices
  • Wrote and published a young adult novel
  • Gives proceeds from photography to a Chinese orphanage
  • Trains puppies to become guide dogs for the blind
  • Raises awareness of global issues as a magazine editor-in-chief
  • Formed a non-profit that provides economic assistance to developing countries
  • Builds PCs for engineers and architects
  • Studied monkeys as an intern at the Caribbean Primate Research Center
  • Won the Best Speech Award at the Junior Statesmen of America competition
  • Plays the harp for the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
  • Founded a company that specializes in app development and web design
  • Published scientific research in the Journal of Emerging Investigators
  • Teaches public speaking and networking skills
  • Won an award for cybersecurity research
  • Designed the homepage for the Town of Newton in Massachusetts
  • Created a robot that helps transport injured skiers down mountains
  • Helps the handicapped through therapy with horses
  • Developed an app that helps those afflicted with hearing loss
  • Teaches special needs students how to play the violin
  • Published a paper on the effects of radiation treatments on the brainstem
  • Lives on a cactus farm
  • Took photos for The New Yorker
  • Published and illustrated a poetry anthology
  • Spoke at the Utah Democratic Gala
  • Anchored for a local news broadcast
  • Raises funds to build a children’s recreation center in Ethiopia
  • Runs an advice blog for teenagers
  • Made the national news for a speech about bullying
  • Developed an app to help with the college application process
  • Founded a mentorship program for girls to instill confidence and encourage leadership
  • Works as a certified bike mechanic for AmeriCorps
  • Delivered a speech to the Israeli parliament
  • Played keyboard professionally in a production of Legally Blonde: The Musical
  • Invented an electricity-generating treadmill
  • Conducted cancer research at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute
  • Filmed test flights of a commercial spacecraft owned by Virgin Atlantic
  • Worked as a ball person at the US Open tennis tournament
  • Serves on a National Task Group reforming healthcare for intellectually disabled patients
  • Started a free athletic camp for obese children to learn about healthy living
  • Travelled to the Galápagos Islands for reforestation work
  • Created a computer program that broadcasts high school football games online
  • Researched genetic links to blood cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Won two Battle of the Bands competitions in Atlanta
  • Worked on an expansion of Microsoft’s Age of Empires video game