Who We Are

STRIVE: STudents for Reason, Individualism, Value pursuit, and Enterprise.

STRIVE is a nationwide student organization which consists of a network of campus clubs: (“STRIVE Clubs”) as well as a campus newspaper distributed across the country (“The Undercurrent”).

Ayn-Rand-roundOur clubs focus on personal and leadership development and are inspired by Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. We provide students with tools that help them develop into young people with a clear, first-handed purpose in their own lives and a moral certainty about their right to pursue it. We work together to discover and define our personal values, for the sake of happiness and achievement.

STRIVE Clubs give students access to practical resources and knowledge, through the unique perspective of Objectivism, and provide them with opportunities to join the broader Objectivist student movement.

What We Do

STRIVE operates both locally, through Campus STRIVE chapters, and nationally. Our local chapters host student workshops, discussions and webinars. Nationally, we host an annual Student Conference and we offer a mentorship program, which connects STRIVE members with professionals in their field who can inspire, network and advise them.

Campus STRIVE supports you in:

  • Developing a sense of purpose for college and beyond, as well as the confidence to execute on it, through our STRIVE workshop series.
  • Honing your leadership skills by hosting club events on campus, and by helping to organize our national conference and mentorship program.
  • Thinking, writing & getting published. Join our moderated philosophical discussions on topics like “What’s the proper way to think about one’s self-interest?”… and then write about it for our national campus publication “The Undercurrent”.

STRIVE Executive

Celeste Hook

VP of Marketing and Communication

Okanagan College

Celeste is the VP of Marketing and Communication for STRIVE. As a visual artist, musician, and theatre-lover (she was Stage Manager for various local productions, and even wrote, composed, and directed her own fairy-tale musical in high-school) she is enthusiastic about finding creative and appealing ways to market STRIVE’s programs and content.

Presently, Celeste is a student of philosophy at Okanagan College in Kelowna, British Columbia. She discovered Objectivism at an early age, and it has had a profoundly positive impact on her life, also inspiring in her a lasting passion for philosophy. In the long-term, she intends to pursue an intellectual career.

Her hobbies include reading and songwriting. Three of her favorite things are historical literature, Elvis Presley and Disneyland.

Tyler Ashby

VP of Objectivism Q&As

Clackamas Community College

As VP of Objectivism Q&A’s, Tyler facilitates conversations between students and Objectivist intellectuals on a variety of topics.

Tyler is a student of psychology with a particular interest in cognitive science. He intends to study the mind in order to promote rational principles.

In his free time, Tyler hosts the Youtube podcast “Objectivist Discussions”, and attends the Objectivist Academic Center.

Cassandra Beres

VP of Mentorship Programs

Mills College

Cassandra works with STRIVE to coordinate the monthly mentor webinars, as well as the one-on-one mentoring program. Her goal is to connect driven students with successful professionals guided by philosophical principles. She attends Mills College in Oakland, CA, where she studies Psychology and Computer Science. She plans to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology. Her personal interests include health and wellness, choral music, and literature.

Phillip Petty

Mentorship Programs Assistant

University of Houston

Phillip maintains the STRIVE website as well as assisting Cassandra with the Mentor Q&A program.

He is a student of physics at the University of Houston, and hopes to design navigation and control systems for space vehicles.

When not studying, Phillip likes to figure out how things work, exercise, and read books.

Thomas Duke

Editor-in-Chief, The Undercurrent

Thomas is a PhD student in communication at the University of Alabama where he also teaches several public speaking courses.