Over the last month we’ve been accepting applications to our Graduate of the Year 2012 competition and we’ve been overwhelmed by the impressive calibre of applicants from every facet of university life; from academics to sporting champions, from scientists to entrepreneurs. Now it’s your chance to help us pick the most impressive grad (who by the way will be awarded a cash prize, a juicy London internship and loads more!). Without further ado, meet our 5 brilliant finalists:Name: Leo Anthias Age: 22 years old University: University of St Andrews Category: Entrepreneur Superpowers: He can build an incredible barbecue out of bricks, he is scared of sharks and aspires to run a successful start-up and believes he can unite the traditional past of the existing mercantile industry into something new, unique and successful. One Liner: Leo is the unusual mix of an entrepreneurial techie and professional wine-taster: whilst studying English & Modern History at St Andrews he built ‘Stiff Collar’, a vintage clothing company, and managed to win the title of best student wine taster in Scotland; next year, he’s jumping into the London tech scene and starting a company through the prestigious Number 10-backed Entrepreneur First scheme. Name: Peter Weller Age: 22 years old University: Aberystwyth University Category: Academic Superpowers: Peter has overcome the challenge of being 80-90% deaf since he was 3. More importantly he is a very talented software developer, known for being nothing short of outstanding even though he once tried to be a matador to a moving car (unsurprisingly he lost!). He bagged Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities for the academic year starting in 2011 and landed 1 out of 16 available places at Extreme Blue; a summer placement at IBM. One Liner: “Using technology to make the world a better place!” Age: 22 years old University: University of Warwick Academic: Social Superpowers: Sophie believes you are responsible for exposing yourself to as many experiences in life as possible made evident by the fact she completed a year abroad in Italy. Specific encounters out there with a feisty Italian landlord have inspired her to start her own business. She believes ‘go-getters’ in life will learn more than you can from any lecture or text book which explains her attitude towards life and careers. One Liner: “I am a highly-motivated, creative and adventurous undergraduate, heavily involved in the improvement of internationalisation and cultural integration at my university, who believes that giving to others is what will bring me happiness and success, and who is planning a career in social entrepreneurship in Europe.”
Please show your support for the finalist you believe should be crowned Graduate of the Year. Get your family, friends, classmates and even your crazy neighbour down the road involved! Voting close on the 30th June at midnight, so get your votes in now!