Fearless Fares: Why Fares Akremi is no longer afraid to dream big

Fares Akremi has always loved politics. As a 7-year-old, he was more interested in NPR journalist Robert Siegel’s dissection of the 2000 election returns than playing sports. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Fares Akremi spent his freshman year proving to himself he belonged at the University of Missouri and his ACT score wasn’t a fluke. Homeschooled in Jamestown, Missouri, Akremi wasn’t sure he would succeed in college. “I was scared of my own shadow,” he says.

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