After she enrolled at the University of Michigan, she continued to work with their Oklahoma state chapter, focusing on recruitment, and it became clear to King and the network of other student activists that there needed to be a nationwide advocacy group just for young people. “I had seen young people fighting in the Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA+ rights, and Dreamers movements, and I knew we could bring that same vitality and ability to enact change if we were given the chance in the gun-violence-prevention movement,” she says. “By creating an environment led by young people for young people, I knew we would start a movement where students felt empowered to speak and adults knew they should listen. ” Then a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018, and the rollout for a student group was immediately accelerated. “When Parkland occurred, it was inevitable that there was going to be student organization,” says King. “There just needed to be an infrastructure to catch all of this passion, to catch this anger, and to help students maximize their political power.
Reddy’s term will last two years, and through it all she’ll juggle a full course load. (She hopes to go to law school and work on humanitarian issues, and has added another role model to her life: Amal Clooney. ) Reddy has learned to how to manage the load. “I take a step back when I'm feeling overwhelmed and understand that it's okay to not do everything at once,” she says. “We have seen so many horrible attacks on humanity this year—especially at the border—and I want to study law so that I can help people who are being mistreated.
Her time in the hospital led to an acute interest in science. “I realized that if this is the strength of my brain—to endure so much pain—if my brain can go through something so severe, I'm pretty sure I can put it to much better use than just going to school, and thinking inside that box,” says Nirghin. “If I could endure something like this, then I could do so much more than what I thought I could. ” Eight or so months after her hospitalization, Nirghin went on a road trip with her family, where along the way she saw two reservoirs that were close to empty—South Africa was suffering from its worst drought in over 30 years.
Feeling pretty confident in a better tomorrow with these women fighting to get us there ✊ https://t.co/Is1a3IzAeC— Glamour (@glamourmag) June 12, 2019