Who We Are
STRIVE: STudents for Reason, Individualism, Value pursuit, and Enterprise.
STRIVE is a student-led organization that works with students who are interested in the novelist and philosopher, Ayn Rand, and how her ideas can have a real impact in their lives. We believe young people can all benefit from identifying an articulate, productive purpose that is central to their hierarchy of values. We also believe that reason, learning to apply one’s mind to the world, is essential to that aim.
Our mission is to inspire and empower a community of students to explore and put into practice the principles of Ayn Rand’s philosophy.
What We Do
STRIVE provides value to students through our programs and activities at Objectivist conferences. Our online programs include the Objectivism Q&As, Mentorship program, and The Undercurrent.
STRIVE supports you in:
- Exploring Ayn Rand’s philosophy in depth with experts.
- Learning from and connecting with Objectivist mentors.
- Thinking, writing & getting published.
Sydney supervises the student executive team, assists them with setting and achieving goals for growth, ensures recruitment efforts are consistent throughout the year, and oversees conference event planning. She is also responsible for coordinating fundraising efforts and maintaining relationships with donors to the organization.
Born and raised in New York, Sydney is forever in love with New York City and spends her weekends enjoying theater productions, museums, thrift stores, and, of course, pizza. She is a proud cat mom, a passionate writer, and an enthusiastic yogi.
Chief Operating Officer
Oregon State University
Tyler oversees STRIVE’s operations and ensures that our programs and website function in achieving our overall mission. He is also the regular moderator of the Objectivism Q&As.
His career goal is to study and promote the psychological benefits of rational philosophy. In his spare time, Tyler hosts the Youtube podcast, “Objectivist Discussions”, and attends the Objectivist Academic Center.
Chief Strategy Officer
Celeste is responsible for developing and ensuring the successful implementation of STRIVE’s strategy, as well as overseeing our marketing and communications.
She studies philosophy and business in college, and works in her spare time as a self-employed video editor and graphic designer. Her hobbies include reading and songwriting.
Director of Mentorship Program
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.
Editor-in-Chief, The Undercurrent
University of Alabama
Thomas manages STRIVE’s publication, The Undercurrent, working with writers to prepare their pieces for publication while also writing pieces of his own.
Thomas is a PhD student in communication where he also teaches several public speaking courses.
University of Michigan Alumnus
Ryan is responsible for coordinating and implementing STRIVE’s marketing strategy. He leads the advertising efforts for STRIVE’s programs and opportunities, as well as helps maintain the website. He’s interested in finding creative ways to build the STRIVE brand and mission.
He currently lives in Downtown Detroit and is the Manager of Marketing Services at JACK Entertainment. In his free time he works as a freelance proofreader and writer. Hobbies include writing on his personal website, millerryan.me, rock climbing, reading and traveling.