For students across the US, it’s time to go back to school.

Here’s something incredible to think about: this year, thousands of kids across the country, and across the world, will be inspired to become the next generation of thought leaders!

What if we looked at education in that light? What if we saw each and every student as the next president, the next Nobel Prize winner, the next influential novelist? How would we teach to inspire? How would we encourage students to find and follow their passions?

From the age of 12, Jedidah Isler wanted to be an astrophysicist. Now, she is working to inspire the next generation of students to explore their passions for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Here is her speech from National Geographic Live about her story, and her desire to inspire others.

National Geographic has some incredible talks on their website – go check them out! And while you’re there, poke around! National Geographic is doing, supporting, and highlighting some truly amazing things in this world.

How will you inspire the next generation of thinkers?

Not all of us are teachers, but many of us are parents, mentors, and role models. We can empower the inquisitive minds around us, encourage kids to think bigger and broaden students’ horizons to all of the possibilities out there.

The more perspectives we get in all fields of STEM, the more we increase our potential for innovation. We have a bright future ahead of us, let’s make it brighter for all!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!



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  1. Isler, Jedidah. “Black Holes, Blazars, and Women of Color in Science – Nat Geo Live.” YouTube. National Geographic, 15 Aug. 2016. Web. 24 Aug. 2016. <>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV