Date of Completion

Spring 5-6-2020

Thesis Advisor(s)

Alaina Brenick

Honors Major

Human Development and Family Studies


Civic and Community Engagement | Development Studies | Social Psychology


Around the world, countries are seeing a rise in youth activism, and the United States is no exception. Universities are a hot spot for activism, but student activism is not yet fully understood. Student activists face unique challenges and often experience burnout. In this qualitative study, student activists were interviewed to elucidate both the pathways that led them to activism and burnout that they face. I reveal important implications for individual activists, organizations, and universities for helping student activists protect themselves from burnout and heal when they do experience it.