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Live Your Passion: Adam Braun, Founder of Pencils of Promise

Every now and again, you come across people who are truly special. They are the ones who light up a room the moment they enter it. They seem to operate at a higher level–thinking and understanding the magical interconnectedness of the world and the people living in it. They are visionaries, dreaming up a better [...]


Live Your Passion: Anna Maltby, Associate Editor at SELF Magazine

I met Anna Maltby in 2007 when we were both interns at Time for Kids Magazine. After spending several months checking facts, laughing over lunches, and running around the city to collect stories with her, I just knew Anna was destined for journalism greatness. Anna is currently the Associate Health Editor at SELF Magazine. She [...]


Live Your Passion: Kate Childs, Book Publicist at Random House

Katie Childs has loved reading books her entire life. So it comes as no surprise that she is now a book publicist at one of the most prestigious book publishing firms in the country. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Katie for the past seven years and it seemed inevitable to me, even during our [...]


Live Your Passion: AJ Vaynerchuck, Co-Founder of VaynerMedia

AJ Vaynerchuk is a co-founder of VaynerMedia, a social media agency that focuses on community management and social media strategy.  AJ runs daily operations at VaynerMedia, while also serving as the key contact for many VaynerMedia clients. AJ also serves as an advisor to several startups, including WakeMate and Forrst.  In the interview below, he answers my questions about [...]


Live Your Passion: Rachel Phillips, Founder of Music Crossing Borders

Rachel Phillips is the Founder and Executive Director of Music Crossing Borders, an inspiring nonprofit organization that teaches and inspires children in underprivileged circumstances to achieve their social and academic potential through music education. Rachel answers my questions about start-up success, delegating, and trusting your gut. MK: Tell me about how you started Music Crossing Borders (MCB). [...]


Live Your Passion: Mike Radparvar, Co-Founder of Holstee

Mike Radparvar is the co-founder of Holstee, a lifestyle design company that offers a place for mindful shoppers to find meaningful products. Mike, along with his brother Dave and their partner Fabian, started Holstee in May 2009. That summer, they wrote the Holstee Manifesto as a side project – it has now been viewed over [...]


Live Your Passion: Michael Gursha, Co-Founder of

I recently interviewed Michael Gursha for’s Live Your Passion column. Gursha is the co-founder of, an interactive online service that makes vouching for others social, meaningful and fun. It gives you the opportunity to show support for your friends, colleagues, clients, teachers and anyone else who has left a positive impression, while also [...]


Live Your Passion Interview: Lauren Berger

I interviewed Lauren Berger, “The Intern Queen,” who has built an incredible career so early on in her life. Lauren was ranked #5 on Business Week Magazine’s annual list of Young Entrepreneurs 25 Under 25. America Online says, “If you are going to college and wondering what you are going to do this summer – [...]


Live Your Passion!

College is a time of excitement, new beginnings, and possibility. I remember walking onto campus at Hamilton College my freshman year feeling like anything was possible. Yet, as senior year crept up on me, I began to feel the weight of reality settle in. Many of my peers (including me) began scrambling to get internships, [...]


Find a Career You Love (and Never Settle for Less)

Hey, you. Yes, you, the one reading this right now. I’m going to guess that if you are anything like many of your peers, you aren’t 100% sure of what it is you want to do in the future (the one that feels like it’s sneaking up uncomfortably fast). Maybe you have some sense of [...]


Live Your Truth

The world lost somewhere between 50,000 to 200,000 lives in Haiti due to the 7.0 earthquake earlier this week. Can you even imagine? Can you imagine sitting at school or eating at your dining table at home, and all of a sudden, something unexpected and unavoidable literally shakes your whole world? At, one of [...]


Find an Amazing Mentor

Whether you are in high school, college, or graduate school, it is important at every level of your life to find a mentor. Mentors are the people who will guide you to and through the next stage in life that you choose to get to. Here are some of the common notions about what a [...]


Personal Branding Predictions for 2010

As we head into a new year- and a new decade- there is a sense of renewed energy and ambition in the air. As you start building your new goals for 2010, it’s important to think not only about where you are at in your academic life and career search, but also where the rest [...]


Email: Ten Things You Must Do

Dear Student Branding Reader, More and more of your friends are probably jumping on the Twitter bandwagon and creating LinkedIn profiles. And pretty much everyone you know is on Facebook (including your professors, internship supervisors and parents). It’s important to understand how to leverage your brand through these platforms, since they are playing an increasingly [...]


Social Media: Are You Wasting Too Much Time?

It’s impossible to get away from social media these days. As I look at the prevalence of sites such as Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn and Twitter, I’m blown away by how quickly things have changed. During my freshman year in college in 2004, Facebook was just starting to gain popularity. At that point, many of my [...]

  • Dan Schawbel

    Dan Schawbel, the founder of the Student Branding Blog, is a world renowned personal branding expert, the international bestselling author of Me 2.0, as well as the publisher of the Personal Branding Blog.

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    Chelsea Rice is the editor-in-chief of the Student Branding Blog. She began her work for just before graduating from Boston University, where she studied journalism and minored in international relations.

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