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Nnamdi, a student at George Mason University, sees the arts as central to his life journey. “It’s funny, a lot of the time, in school, I was always doing something related to the arts or to writing, speaking, etc. and that’s where I usually scored highest on my tests.” However, once it came time to attend college and pick a major, Nnamdi began to think about his long-term goals and what career he wanted to pursue. “I was thinking, what’s a major that gives me the freedom to do creative stuff on the side, but still make a good amount…


Yesenia, a student at Johns Hopkins, currently interning at Nuro, had been looking for groups to guide her with professional development when she came across ColorStack on LinkedIn. She was fascinated with what she saw and ended up joining in May 2020. “It’s really great because, before then, I had a LinkedIn that was completely blank and I didn’t really network or feel confident about my professional presence or brand; but ColorStack changed that by providing me with networking and professional development opportunities that felt safe.a.”

Because of this, Yesenia credits ColorStack with giving her the knowledge she needed to…


Having grown up in the Dominican Republic, Charlie Minaya ran into various culture shocks when he matriculated at Wesleyan University. “Coming from the Dominican Republic, I was just used to seeing brown people like myself. I wasn’t used to seeing any other culture. So once I got here I was surprised. I was like ‘Oh my god, so many different people, so many different cultures, so many different backgrounds.’” On the one hand, he saw this as a wonderful experience, learning from the diversity. But on the other, he felt more alone as he saw fewer people with his shared…


Nia Asemota, a junior at NYU, was going to go into the medical field. “I never really thought that computer science was a path for me. So growing up, I was always heavily invested in becoming a doctor or surgeon or anything in the medical space.” But her perception began to change when she joined her high school robotics team during her freshman year. “I didn’t really know what to do. I was one of five girls on the team, out of 36 members. The first two years, I was just trying to find my footing.” She enjoyed her time…


Sasha (name has been changed to protect privacy), only became a Computer Science major at the end of the last academic year, her junior year. Having spent most of her undergraduate career as an economics major, the uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic caused her to reevaluate her goals to something “more practical.” She remembers, “I was really struggling with finding internship and job opportunities and you know I was just realizing that I liked economics theoretically but you’re not going to be an economist from undergrad.” …


Six months ago, Adrianna (name has been changed to protect privacy), a junior studying Computer Science in New York, felt lost. “I didn’t know what I was doing.” She continues, “I was really worried because I knew that junior year was coming up and that I need to get an internship before junior year or I’m not going to get a job.” She had little success securing one up to this point and seeing resumes on LinkedIn only discouraged her, as she couldn’t help but compare herself to others’ successes.

She began to prep on her own but felt like…


Caio Carnauba, a Computer Science and Math double major at Grinnell College, was recently hired to be a Summer ’21 intern at Jane Street Capital! But how did he reach his achievement?

This wasn’t Caio’s first rodeo. He had applied to Jane Street Capital a year earlier, without success, and after having an internship opportunity in his home country of Brazil canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he felt the futility of gearing up for another round of applications. “Actually, I wasn’t even thinking about applying to Jane Street. I had applied my second year, but I didn’t get it…


ColorStack is pleased to announce the promotion of Naya Joseph to Director of Programs. Naya first joined ColorStack in September of 2020 as our Program Manager. In that role, she has led the creation and implementation of our programming initiatives, including our Sprout Fellowship, now in its inaugural iteration. During this time, it became clear that her work and impact far surpassed the role of a Program Manager. And so, we felt that the beginning of a new year was the perfect time to recognize all that she does for ColorStack by promoting her to a more appropriate title.

“When…

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