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5 Extraordinary Student Achievements

Published 6 May 2014 by

To celebrate 2014’s Inspirational Student campaign, we’re going to help one student by contributing £1,833*to their living expenses - the equivalent of a term’s loan instalment for a full-time student living outside of London. If you know a student that deserves a financial helping hand, nominate them today, either by tagging them in a post on our Facebook page, or via Twitter using the hashtag #TMStudent2014, providing a link to your nomination.

Terms and conditions apply, a full copy of which can be found by clicking here . To enter, nominees must be aged 18 years and over, be a resident in the UK and be enrolled on a current program of study at a UK higher education or further education institution. The prior consent of the nominee is required before any nomination is submitted. Individuals nominating an entrant acknowledge that the nominee has accepted and understands the competition’s terms and conditions. The competition runs from 00:00am on Thursday 1st May 2014 to 23:59pm on Saturday 31st May 2014 and thinkmoney’s judging panel will select the winning nomination from all correctly completed and submitted entries on or around Monday 2 June 2014. A valid student ID and a valid term time address are required.

To get you in the mood, here are five impressive and extraordinary student achievements.

Revolutionised Social Media

Despite not finishing his course in psychology and computer science, Mark Zuckerberg’s most notable achievement began as a hobby while he was studying at Harvard. After writing the code for a site that let students rank each other for attractiveness, he set up a site called in 2004, in order to let students connect with each other online. The rest is history.

Autobiography Published at 22

Aside from being the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree, Helen Keller’s other achievements include publishing her autobiography The Story of my Life at the age of 22, while studying at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She achieved all of this prior to a distinguished career as an author, political activist and lecturer.

Record-Breaking Journey

Luke Birch, a 21-year-old geography student at Edinburgh University was part of a two-man team that sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in January 2014. This netted Luke and his childhood friend Jamie Sparks the Guinness World Record for the youngest row across any ocean in tandem.

Life-Saving Medical Student

As part of a medical role play at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, student Ryan Jones detected a very real and potentially fatal aneurysm in ‘dummy’ volunteer Jim Malloy, resulting in Malloy attending a clinic and receiving life-saving treatment. Ironically, the condition Jim was pretending to suffer from had actually gone undetected for months.

Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-Winning Band

The place is Imperial College, London, the year is 1970 and a young Brian May is studying toward a PhD in astrophysics. His friend Roger Taylor is studying to become a dentist at nearby London Hospital Medical College and during their spare time, they play in a band called Smile. Fast-forward four short years and the band have a new lead singer in Freddy Mercury, a new name – Queen – and are about to release Sheer Heart Attack, their first of ten platinum-selling albums.

If you know an inspirational student, why not nominate them to have their living expenses paid for a term, courtesy of thinkmoney.

*Based on the loan awarded to a full-time student, living outside of London, studying on a course beginning in September 2013. £1,833 is equivalent to one third of this amount, or one term’s worth of loan.