Since the end of March, Ealyes Mohammed has woken up every day around 5 a.m. to eat breakfast. Sometimes, he eats cereal or a bagel with cottage cheese. The snacking stops when the sun rises, and he doesn’t eat or drink anything else until 8 p.m.
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Stacks of worn-out skateboards sit in Thomas Phillips’ studio, waiting to be broken down and resculpted into something new. Within a couple of weeks, he can transform a set of skateboards into items like fighting action figure sets, safety goggles or swords.
Valeria Rosich has always loved flowers — especially bougainvillea, a tropical plant her mom grew in her home of Caracas, Venezuela. She loved bougainvillea so much, she said she used them to make her first piece of jewelry at age 19.
Dustin Cottrell and his younger sister Corey Cheval grew up playing music together. While he stayed on the path to music, his sister eventually diverged into dance and circus arts.
Taylor Brorby always felt trapped growing up gay in Center, North Dakota. He looked to the vastness and vibrance of Center’s hilly plains for solace — only for mining and fracking to fracture whatever comfort he had left in that town.
In March 2022, Mya McGrath walked into the movie theater unsure what to expect from the film she was about to watch. A few hours later, she left the theater sobbing.
Dr. Tammy Euliano has loved fiction writing since she was young — but her dreams of becoming a novelist were put on the back burner once she decided to be a doctor.
In her sophomore year at UF, Iman Zawahry stepped into a Walmart with her friends sporting a hijab for the first time as they shopped for groceries.