Are You An SQ5?

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I have the ability to see myself and my friends grow as we chase our dreams.

Laura Winalski, 19

Where are you from?
Falling Waters, West Virginia

What’s your passion?
Creating medicines to treat or cure diseases.

What’s been your favorite part of college so far?
My favorite part is having the ability to see myself and my friends grow as we chase our dreams.

What advice would you give your high school self?
Everything will fall into place…you don’t need to stress so much!

What’s your favorite student club or activity?
It’s a close tie between the Catholic Student Organization and TechList

Which living person would you like to have visit SQ5?
Alton Brown, celebrity chef and chemist. He found a way to connect his passions of food and science in a highly entertaining way.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Swipe right on opportunity.

Nuala Hutton, 19

Where are you from? England

What’s your passion?
Singing in the shower.

What’s been your favorite part of college so far?
I now have the ability to eat Ritz crackers at 2am.

What advice would you give your high school self?
Swipe right on opportunity.

What’s your favorite student club or activity?
My favorite thing to do at Tech is empathize with everyone’s pain during finals week.

Which living person would you like to have visit SQ5?
Shia Labeouf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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If you don't start pushing yourself, you'll never know how far you can get.

Titus Woo, 21

Where are you from? Kansas City, Missouri

What is your passion? My passion is making a difference through building software and teaching what I know. I also love design.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? The clubs. It has been a thrill founding a club and giving talks and helping people out. Being a TA is also a ton of fun!

What advice would you give your high school self? Embrace who you are and stop doubting yourself. If you don’t start pushing yourself, you’ll never know how far you can get.

What is your favorite student club or activity? I’m the founder of Design Club and Tech Lead at GT-webdev, so I’m a bit biased towards those clubs. :)

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Douglas Crockford

 

 

 

 

 


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I love being around so many intelligent and inspiring individuals.

Alek Wobeck, 19

Where are you from? Sandy Springs, Georgia

What is your passion? My passion is going to concerts – specifically concerts with trance, deep house, and techno artists.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? I love being around so many intelligent and inspiring individuals.

What advice would you give your high school self? I would tell my high school self not to worry so much about the future.

What is your favorite student club or activity? AKPsi

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? I would choose Rihanna to visit SQ5 because she is such a fun and energetic artist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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My favorite part is all the new people I've met.

Joella Lee, 19

Where are you from? Suwanee, Georgia

What is your passion? Traveling!

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite part is all the new people I’ve met during my time here.

What advice would you give your high school self? Take your AP exams.

What is your favorite student club or activity? KUSA

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? My grandma because she’s the OG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I am passionate about innovation in everything I do.

Avani Reddy, 21

Where are you from? Rome, Georgia

What is your passion? I am passionate about innovation in everything I do – from schoolwork to hobbies.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing so far is being able to learn at one of the most prestigious institutions in America!

What advice would you give your high school self? Listen to your family and close friends when they are trying to give you advice. They know a lot more than you think they do.

What is your favorite student club or activity? TEAM Buzz

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Liam Hemsworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I love exploring nerdy 'let's build something' ideas.

Alec Li, 21

Where are you from? Jupiter, Florida

What is your passion? Exploring. I love exploring physical locations, artistic ideas, and nerdy ‘let’s build something’ ideas.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? Meeting people who are as interested in trying new things as I am. And convincing those who aren’t to give things a try.

What advice would you give your high school self? “The first person to give words to a situation has the power to define it.”

What is your favorite student club or activity? I like to make my own unorthodox clubs.

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Elon Musk because who wouldn’t want to meet him?


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I love that I am frequently not the smartest person in the room.

Alex Akins, 21

Where are you from? Decatur, Georgia

What is your passion? I am passionate about playing and recording music.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? I love that I am frequently not the smartest person in the room.

What advice would you give your high school self? Be yourself and everything will usually work out.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Delta Chi

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? I feel like Neil DeGrasse Tyson or Brian Greene would be pretty cool.


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I see classmates building cool programs and expanding capabilities of everyday items.

Austin McElroy, 22

Where are you from? Atlanta, Georgia

What is your passion? I love traveling and meeting people. Striking up conversations with strangers and making them laugh or think – that makes my day.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? The friendships I’ve made are everything and I don’t think I could have made it through college without them.

What advice would you give your high school self? Start coding. I see classmates building such cool programs and expanding the capabilities of everyday items and I am so jealous of their understanding of that technology.

What is your favorite student club or activity? SGA – it gives students a great opportunity to impact campus life in so many different ways, from booking guest speakers to coordinating the new student center. I’m honored to play a part in such an influential organization.

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Morgan Freeman would command my full attention and I wouldn’t even have to open my eyes.

 

 


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There are so many wonderful organizations you can be a part of.

Jimmy Peterson, 19

Where are you from? Atlanta, Georgia

What is your passion? I love triathlons. My dad was the one who got me started. I already swam competitively and biked so it was just a matter of learning how to run the correct way. Also, I love Star Wars.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? There are so many different wonderful clubs and organizations you can join and be a part of.

What is advice would you give your high school self? Your ACT’s don’t really matter.

What is your favorite student club or activity? FTK

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Craig Alexander

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I want to positively impact the field of medicine.

Kendra Simpson, 19

Where are you from? Alpharetta, Georgia

What is your passion? I want to positively impact the field of medicine through the development of technology. I used to work for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and I got interested in pediatrics which is where it all started for me.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? I love that you’re not in the real world yet, but you are independent from your parents.

What advice would you give your high school self? Don’t care so much about school.

What is your favorite student club or activity? FTK

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Amy Poehler

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Everything just feels innovative.

Drew Ditzler, 19

Where are you from? Indianapolis, Indianna

What is your passion? I’m passionate about robots. I’ve been participating in competitive robotics for almost 10 years. I got started because I wanted to build robots for Disney. That has been my dream job since I was little. I would love to design the theme parks.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college so far is the campus. I love walking around Tech’s campus. The buildings are awesome and everything just feels innovative.

What advice would you give your high school self? Do all of the DIY projects you thought about doing but never actually did.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Robojackets

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Bruce Vaughn, CEO of Disney Imagineer

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I really like the new experiences and meeting new people.

Allen Hsieh, 19

Where are you from? Johns Creek, Georgia

What is your passion? I’m passionate about my friends and family. And the ladies.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? I really like the new experiences and meeting new people and doing things in the spur of the moment.

What advice would you give your high school self? Go for it, treat others well, and don’t spend your time on someone who wouldn’t spend their time on you.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Kappa Sigma

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? I would like Obama to visit SQ5.

 

 

 

 

 


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It's really interesting to see how the tech side of the world is developing.

Nick Teissler, 21

Where are you from? Dunwoody, Georgia

What is your passion? Rowing. The thrill of moving big boats with other guys who are also your friends.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? How fast it accelerates you into the real world. It’s really interesting to see how the tech side of the world is developing. And also to see how college opens up new opportunities to you afterwards.

What advice would you give your high school self? Major in CS! Don’t waste your first semester and don’t overthink it. Put friends before your workouts or just wake up early enough so you can work out and then see them.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Men’s Rowing at GT

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? I think it’d be really cool to have Taylor Swift visit us and hang out.

 

 

 

 


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Everything will work out the way it's supposed to.

Megha Pandya, 20

Where are you from? Austin, Texas

What is your passion? Traveling. I love seeing new cultures and eating new feeds. It’s always different and exciting to go somewhere new. I’ve lived in the same place my whole life until college so it’s nice that I’m here.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? The people I’ve met.

What advice would you give your high school self? Don’t take things too seriously. Everything will work out the way it’s supposed to.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Zeta Tau Alpha

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Eminem. He’s my favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Just jump in and go for it.

Maxwell Young, 20

Where are you from? Athens, Georgia

What is your passion? My passion is philanthropy. I really enjoy helping people, specifically when it comes to education and medicine. For example, during my senior year of high school, two friends and I founded the first high school chapter in the nation of MEDLIFE. We wanted to leave a lasting impact on our school with something meaningful.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? There are always random events where you meet people, make connections, and make new friends unexpectedly. I’ve done really cool things with the people I’ve met here.

What advice would you give your high school self? Don’t wait until you feel like you’re ready to do something before you do it. If something lands in your lap and you think it’s cool or interesting or new, just jump in and go for it.

What is your favorite student club or activity? TEAM Buzz

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Esena O’Neill – the famous model who quit Twitter and Instagram

 

 

 


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I'm surrounded by really cool people all the time who are also really smart.

Connor Hutcherson, 19

Where are you from? Union, Kentucky

What is your passion? I’m passionate about helping people and making the world a better place through social connections, building relationships, and helping people achieve their dreams.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college so far is being surrounded by really cool people all the time who are also really smart.

What advice would you give your high school self? Don’t worry about what people have to say because it won’t matter later on.

What is your favorite student club or activity? SHPE

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Bernie Sanders

 

 

 

 

 


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Hard work can take you a lot further than you think.

Jarr Strydom, 21

Where are you from? Johannesburg, South Africa

What is your passion? I love everything about cars. I like tearing them up and stripping them down.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? I really enjoy talking to and meeting new people every day.

What advice would you like to give your high school self? Hard work can take you a lot further than you think.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Wreck Racing

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Candice Swanepoel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I like to maximize my chances of success.

Avi Ahuja, 19

Where are you from? Alpharetta, Georgia

What is your passion? I’m passionate about data science.I like making predictive analyses out of data because I like to maximize my chances of success.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite part of college is definitely the group of friends I’ve made.

What advice would you give your high school self? Go into college with the mindset that you have to work hard and stay very disciplined.

What is your  favorite student club or activity? Data Science at Georgia Tech

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Mark Zuckerberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I love meeting new people.

Arush Lal, 20

Where are you from? Johns Creek, Georgia

What is your passion? Global Health Development

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing so far is being able to finally live in a city. I love exploring abandoned buildings and meeting new people – both of which I have been able to do a lot of in college.

What advice would you give your high school self? Things usually have a way of working themselves out.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Volunteers Around The World at Georgia Tech – We set up mobile medical clinics to provide much needed assistance to rural communities around the world, as well as hold vital health education seminars for locals and community health members.

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Kristen Wiig

 

 

 

 


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There are a lot of really knowledgeable people doing really cool things.

Charlie Padgham, 21

Where are you from? Gainesville, Georgia

What is your passion? I like making things. I like woodworking, graphic design, and print making. I had a really creative family and they have tools and materials to create things so growing up, that’s what we did.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? The resources. Especially things like advanced tooling and machines. The people are good too. There are a lot of really knowledgeable people doing really cool things.

What advice would you give your high school self? Anybody can change and they usually change for the better.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Georgia Tech Invention Studio

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? JJ Abrams

 

 

 

 


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Try everything that interests you and soon enough everything will fall into place.

Arshiya Lal, 20

Where are you from? Johns Creek, Georgia

What is your passion? Art, Music, Technology, and Equality

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite part of college so far is being able to meet people from all over the world from all walks of life who all have their own stories.

What advice would you give your high school self? You do not have to have a life plan. Try everything that interests you and soon enough everything will fall into place.

What is your favorite student club or activity? AIESEC – We provide international internships for Georgia Tech students and we get to host and greet the international students who choose to work in Atlanta.

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Angela Ahrendts – She started her career in a small town in Illinois and wound up transforming Burberry into a global fashion icon as its CEO. She is currently working as the first woman on Apple’s Executive Board and is bridging the gap between fashion and technology.


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It's so cool to be around so many people your age, sharing experiences with them.

Jasmine Klar, 20

Where are you from? Alpharetta, Georgia

What is your passion? I am really passionate about food. I pride myself in my ability to eat multiple servings in one sitting.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college so far is the social aspect. It’s so cool to be around so many people your age, sharing experiences with them.

What advice would you give your high school self? I wish I had known how fast college really goes by. There are so many things I still want to do yet I am already a third year student.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Consult Your Community (CYC)

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Miley Cyrus

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The people I met my freshman year are still in my life.

Brittany Barton, 21

Where are you from? Grove City, Ohio

What is your passion? I’m really into doing things outdoorsy. Things like hiking and camping. I love nature!

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing so far has been all of the friends I have made. I’m from Ohio so I came into GT without knowing anyone but now the people I met my freshman year are still in my life and my really good friends.

What advice would you give your high school self? I would tell myself that I don’t have to be the best at everything. I’d say it’s ok to fail a few times because it builds character.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Alpha Tau Omega Sweetheart

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Anyone I can learn from.

 

 


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I can share what I love with the world.

Erica Pramer, 21

Where are you from? Princeton, New Jersey

What is your passion? I’m passionate about circus arts. I love to fly trapeze and have been doing so for the past 7 years. One day I hope to open a circus facility like the one I trained at so I can share my love of trapeze with the world.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing so far has been hall council because that is where you get to spend your housing fees on anything you can imagine. I’ve used hall council funds to cater King of Pops, take a pole-dancing class, buy a chromecast, and pay registration fees for the 5K Color Run.

What advice would you give your high school self? I would tell my high school self to be aware of the Freshman 15!

What is your favorite student club or activity? Wakeboard Club

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Criss Angel


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If you find the right person or program, you can be involved with anything you have an interest in.

Quentin Samuels, 22

Where are you from? Savannah, Georgia

What is your passion? I love everything dealing with entrepreneurship. Seeing someone turn something they are passionate about into a profitable business is mind blowing.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college so far are all of the connections and resources. If you find the right person or program, you can be involved with anything you have an interest in.

What advice would you give your high school self? When I was in high school I didn’t know how important it was to make reading books a part of my daily life. Reading really enhances my brain.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Music Production

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Steve Harvey

 

 


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You get a unique feeling from helping people and contributing to something bigger than yourself

Tiffany Chu, 19

Where are you from? Lawrenceville, Georgia

What is your passion? Community service has been one of my passions for years. You get a unique feeling from helping people and contributing to something bigger than yourself.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? Every day is full of opportunities and events to enrich your experience as a student. It’s no wonder why everyone I know is always so busy and active.

What advice would you give your high school self? Don’t think you are special – there are a ton of kids out there just like you. You must learn how to differentiate yourself and be the best version of yourself you can be.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Omega Phi Alpha

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Mark Zuckerberg

 

 


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I love designing web apps that make the world more accessible, connected, and enjoyable.

Dean Papistrat, 18

Where are you from? Marietta, Georgia

What is your passion? My passion is web development. I love designing and working with dynamic web apps that make the world more accessible, connected, and enjoyable.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college is actually not one thing, but three people. My roommates Phillip, Ryan, and Mark are my favorite thing about college. They’re some of the most supportive and amazing people in my life.

What advice would you give your high school self? I wish I had known that college would actually require studying. In high school you can get away with just going to class and doing the homework. In college you have to study to get an A…or a C depending on the professor.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Drama Tech

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? My mentor, Jeremy Haile


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Don't study too hard! Life is all about the little things.

Skye Mauldin, 19

Where are you from? LaGrange, Georgia

What is your passion? Ballet dancing. I’ve danced since I was 2 and I’m continuing by taking classes at Atlanta Ballet. I’ve taken other styles, but my focus is mainly ballet.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? The opportunity to explore the city and experience life a lot more than high school allowed.

What advice would you give your high school self? Make sure you take time to enjoy your friends and family. And don’t study too hard! Life is all about the little things.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Emerging Leaders

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? J.K. Rowling

 

 


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I'm passionate about building a more sustainable world.

Matthew Simpson, 22

Where are you from? Alpharetta, Georgia

What is your passion? I’m passionate about building a more sustainable world. I’ve had the privilege to experience some of the world’s most incredible places and cultures. I want my future kids and generations to have that same privilege before it is too late.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite part of college so far has been the doors that get opened. Everything from career opportunities to my community involvement to my life-long friendships – it’s all proven to be priceless.

What advice would you give your high school self? Looking back, I would tell my high school self to never compromise values based on social pressures. One of the hardest challenges is staying true to yourself with so many different people trying to influence your decisions.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Wreck Racing

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Travis Kalanick


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The people here come from a myriad of backgrounds.

Missy Pittard, 21

Where are you from? San Diego, California

What is your passion? Ensuring other people know how valuable they are. Georgia Tech challenges us in so many different ways and it is easy to lose ourselves in it. So whenever I see anyone I’ve ever met, even once in the elevator, I always make sure I remember their name.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing so far is constantly learning from everyone at Georgia Tech. The people here come from a myriad of backgrounds and I love being able to discuss different points of view and in turn vet my own perspective.

What advice would you give your high school self? The answer is always ‘Yes.’ Whenever presented with an opportunity, an adventure, or an invitation, I would tell myself to live every moment fully and enjoy all life has to offer. We don’t get this time back so don’t let it go to waste.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Moneythink

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Elon Musk


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My friends challenge me to do my best at everything.

Drew Humphrey, 19

Where are you from? Westfield, Indiana

What is your passion? I can’t say I’m passionate about any one thing in particular, but there is an idea that I’m passionate about and that is doing great work. I think the most successful people in the world are those who put 110% into each and every day. That’s how I try to live.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? I love that college has allowed me to become friends with so many driven, passionate people. My friends at Georgia Tech remind me why I’m here. They challenge me to do my best at everything from school to photography.

What advice would you give your high school self? I wish I could tell myself to be more creative. I think a lot of young people in engineering and tech get into the mindset that they’re not creative and that they aren’t meant to be creative. I wish I would have realized that creativity is more than just the ability to create art, but that it’s really about breaking the walls of established thinking. If I would have known earlier in life to think creatively, I think I would be a much better engineer, leader, and photographer.

What is your favorite student club or activity? RECONSO

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Elon Musk


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I get to watch my friends going hard and doing great things.

Brandon Chen, 20

Where are you from? Atlanta, Georgia

What is your passion? I really enjoy helping people. I want to save lives and go to med school and be a surgeon.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college so far is during finals week, I get to watch my friends going hard and studying and doing great things and going places.

What advice would you give your high school self? I wish I had known how to cook. I was relying on my mom for food and I feel like I could’ve helped her out more.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Ultimate Frisbee

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Elon Musk

 

 

 


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My favorite thing is all of the opportunity and varied experiences.

Tanvi Rao, 20

Where are you from? Clinton, Mississippi

What is your passion? I love reading and going on adventures.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college so far is all of the opportunity and varied experiences it offers.

What advice would you give your high school self? I wish I had known how to use a planner well. I used to just remember everything I needed to do and that just isn’t feasible in college.

What is your favorite student club or activity? The Pioneer

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Marissa Mayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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If I can take an idea and bring it to life, I think that's really cool.

Nick Evans, 20

Where are you from? San Diego, California

What is your passion? I just like making things. If I can take an idea and bring it to life, I think that’s really cool.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college so far is the independence and freedom because it’s the first time you’re on your own and can do anything you want and set your mind to; which is both scary and motivating.

What advice would you give your high school self? I would tell myself that things aren’t as big of a deal as they seem. Things can get bad, but they’re always going to get better.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Invention Studio

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Reuben Margolin

 

 

 

 


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My passion is for making things.

Jay Reynolds, 20

Where are you from? Johns Creek, Georgia

What is your passion? My passion is for making things.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college so far has been the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want.

What advice would you give your high school self? I wish I had known that I could grow a beard.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Club Tennis

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Tim Cook

 

 

 

 


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There's every type of person interested in every type of thing.

Kaley Parchinski, 20

Where are you from? St. Mary’s, Georgia

What is your passion? My passion is for infections diseases and Africa.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college so far is that I go to a school where there’s every type of person interested in every type of thing.

What advice would you give your high school self? I wish I had known that cereal is a viable option for dinner.

What is your favorite student club or activity? ORGT

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Paul Farmer or Casey Neistat

 

 

 

 

 


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I love the diversity and the different perspectives you can encounter.

Michael Cheng, 21

Where are you from? Johns Creek, Georgia

What is your passion? I really enjoy listening to electronic music and going to festivals.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college is the diversity and the different perspectives you can encounter.

What advice would you give your high school self? I wish I had known that nothing goes as planned so there’s no reason to needlessly stress out if things aren’t going the way you want.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Undergraduate Judiciary Committee

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Jeff Bridges


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We live in an age where barriers are easily overcome.

Diane Lin, 20

Where are you from? Alpharetta, Georgia

What is your passion? I’m most passionate about experiencing new things. I’ve been really lucky in that I’ve been able to travel a lot in college (22 countries and counting!) and meet some of the most amazing people along the way, whether it’s across the ocean or here in this city. I think we live in an age where barriers are easily overcome, and because of that I’m really inspired and motivated to experience as much of the world as possible.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite part of college so far is the fact that you’re exposed to so many opportunities and have the freedom to do things you’ve always wanted to try without having to commit fully to them. You can intern for a company for a summer and decide if you like that industry or want to try something new. You can take a class for a free elective that has absolutely nothing to do with your major. You can pick up a hobby or join a club and find your niche. All of these make college unique.

What advice would you give your high school self? I wish I knew that I was going to be owning a guinea pig, otherwise I wouldn’t have sold my old hamster cage a few years back.

What is your favorite student club or activity? China Care

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Sara Blakely


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Your peers become the most diverse and interesting people you meet.

Andreina Castillo, 21

Where are you from? Caracas, Venezuela

What is your passion? Traveling! I make most of my decisions around my next trip, even if it’s not in the books yet. I love it because every destination puts life in a different perspective.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? How much I’ve grown and learned! I knew smart people would surround me, but when you add the different backgrounds and opinions Tech students have to offer, your peers become the most diverse and interesting people you meet.

What advice would you give your high school self? Good habits get you a long way and the earlier you start, the better.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? A successful entrepreneur or blogger like Rachel Parcell


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Every single thing in college has helped shape me.

Angela Choung, 20

Where are you from? John’s Creek, Georgia

What is your passion? My passions include traveling, food, and music.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college so far has been meeting life-long friends, finding people who love to do the same things I do, and discovering what truly makes me happy.

What advice would you give your high school self? I don’t want my high school self to know anything. If I had known then what I now know, everything would be so different now. Every single thing in college has helped shape me and it’s because I ran into them all not knowing how it would end up.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Anyone!

 

 


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I'm finally discovering myself and figuring out what I like.

Taryn Heidel, 20

Where are you from? Cincinnati, Ohio

What is your passion? My passions include the environment, civil rights issues, and global development.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college so far has been finally discovering myself and figuring out what I like without other people’s influence.

What advice would you give your high school self? No regrets.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Alpha Phi

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Larry Page

 

 


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You never know what opportunities might come your way.

Carolyn Nelson, 20

Where are you from? West Chester, Pennsylvania

What is your passion? I’m passionate about sustainable development and traveling.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college is all the people I have met and the experiences I’ve had with them.

What advice would you give your high school self? I wish I had known that you don’t have to know what you want to do with your life because you never know what opportunities might come your way that could fundamentally change your path.

What is your favorite student club or activity? International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Blake Mycoskie (Founder of TOMS)

 


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It's given me the ability to mentor students and entrepreneurs about startups.

Sneh Parmar, 20

Where are you from? Suwanee, Georgia

What is your passion? I love building companies from the ground up and teaching my Startup Semester class. It’s given me the ability to mentor students and entrepreneurs about startups and how to create a business from the ground up.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college is the network that I’ve made. I meet amazing people doing great things every day in various fields.

What advice would you give your high school self? I wish I knew about all the opportunities that Georgia Tech provides in high school so I could’ve better prepared myself by focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation from the beginning.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Startup Semester and Startup Exchange

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Tim Ferris


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I've made countless friendships and connections with people.

Anthony Tsou, 21

Where are you from? Lawrenceville, Georgia

What is your passion? I have a love for technology and just how impactful it has been and will continue to be for the world. I always try to keep up with the new advancements in the field, but the growth is overwhelmingly fast, which makes it all the more exciting. I hope that I can contribute to this amazing field through my own work.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college is the wide variety of people I’ve had the opportunity to interact and form bonds with. Georgia Tech is filled to the brim with intelligent, innovative, creative, hard-working, and motivated students who only encourage me to be better so that I can feel proud to be in their company. I’ve made countless friendships and connections with people who have become some of the most important people in my life.

What advice would you give your high school self? I wish that I knew how valuable it is to take risks, try new things, talk to new people, get out of your comfort zone, and just shoot for goals that you think are too high. It’s something that I’ve tried to work on during my entire time in college and will probably continue for the rest of my life. Failing is no fun, but the feeling of regret from never trying is hundreds of times worse.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Asian America Student Association

Which living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Marshaun Lynch

 


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My passion has always been technology.

Pav Thukral, 20

Where are you from? Germantown, Maryland

What is your passion? My passion has always been technology. I think logic and understanding can solve most things, and technology is the materialization of that. And the ability to be able to create technology is the power to enact logic.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? You’re an adult so the relationships you’re building are real. No one needs to be your friend; they choose to.

What advice would you give your high school self? Respect is earned, not demanded.

What is your favorite student club or activity? HackGT

Which living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Ajaypal Singh Banga, CEO of Mastercard


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I always have school work, my own projects, and hanging out with friends to balance everything.

Louis Williams, 20

Where are you from? Atlanta, Georgia

What is your passion? I’m passionate about building useful, novel things with programming.

What is your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing about college is always having something to do. I did an internship this summer where I worked 40 hours a week, and I would just come home and watch Netflix alone when I was done. It made me appreciate that while I’m in college, I always have school work, my own projects, and hanging out with friends to balance everything. It can be difficult, but better than the alternative.

What advice would you give your high school self? I wish I knew that it’s okay to try something and fail at it. I was so afraid of rejection that I never did anything that I wouldn’t do well at. Actually, current Me could use that advice, too.

What is your favorite student club or activity? Epic Intentions

What living person would like to have visit SQ5? CE


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I have a passion for finding creative moments in everything I do.

Stephen Song, 20

Where are you from? Los Altos, California

What’s your passion? I have a passion for finding creative moments in everything I do. I’m always keeping my eyes peeled for things I can juxtapose and ways to create new value. Sometimes it means generating creative value from something that has none to begin with. It partially explains why I decided to become a designer, but it really extends past my work and professional life. I find that I am happiest when I get to combine my need for self expression with my desire to create something bigger than me.

What’s your favorite thing about college so far? My favorite thing has been going somewhere new. I was once worried that I was the only person from my high school going to Georgia Tech (and to the South, for that matter) and many of my friends could go to Berkeley and Los Angeles to have fun while being relatively close to home. I discovered that moving to another part of the country would make me a much more diverse person, and while I got the impression that Tech would be a very uncreative place, there’s a wealth of culture in the entire city of Atlanta. I’m glad that I got to get out of the California bubble—many of my old friends who are still hanging in their cliques from high school really don’t get the chance to become someone new.

What advice would you give your high school self? You’re going to be fine. Don’t worry about fitting in or being normal, because you’re a trailblazer and it’s time to do things nobody else can even think of doing. Stop comparing yourself to other people and their “happy endings”, because if you feel like you’re missing out it’s because your story’s still being written. Atlanta ain’t bad. Be independent and don’t get attached to anyone too easily. Be nice to your parents. And cut your hair sooner.

What’s your favorite student club or activity? Startup Exchange

What living person would you like to have visit SQ5? Elon Musk