Kerekuo Borisova is a 17 year old student based in Yakutsk, Russia. She aspires to create an impact through knowledge and experience building in the areas of climate change, gender equality and poverty alleviation.
Her favorite growing up story would be the time when, for the first time, she saw a homeless woman on the street. She felt so bad for her - and she asked her mom why she is here and how we can help her. Her mom told her that - should she choose to help her and many others in any way that she wants, she will be better educated. Only through personal advancement can she one day build homes for everyone in need and help them in the long run. She took this to heart, and as such, her biggest and most important lesson that she has learned is to strive for knowledge. From her perspective, knowledge truly is a power and universal language.
In high school, perhaps influenced by her childhood, her strongest, and most passionate, academic area is in social science. She enjoys taking part in conferences where she can share her knowledge gained from her projects. Outside of school, she is equally active. She is the founder of Kere Kemner (Good times), her own podcast series on her native disappearing language. She initiated fundraising for Upcycled Fashion Show to raise awareness on upcycling denim and she was the producer for Eternal Permafrost, a documentary film about permafrost in Yakutia and how it directly affects global warming.
In the future, in university, she plans to study the ways of how she can leverage her knowledge and experience to drive systemic positive changes. She believes that no matter what one is studying, one can always align with helping others. For Kerekuo, she is interested in International Relations, Film and Media Studies to advance her impact.