Axel Tuxen ’19, UNCW Student

In late 2017, Axel Tuxen of UNC Wilmington came across an article in Forbes about a five-year-old girl who had written a letter to Google requesting that they consider hiring her older brother, because he was such a big fan of theirs. Google replied to the girl’s letter and ultimately hired her brother.

“When I first saw that, I was incredibly surprised; however, I also started thinking that nothing is impossible,” said Tuxen, a business administration major in the Cameron School of Business. “I thought maybe I could do the same thing and simply reach out and ask for a life-changing opportunity…which is exactly what I did.”

Through research, Tuxen learned that National Geographic offered a program for high school students that allowed them to travel the world and participate in photographic projects. However, there was a small problem: he wasn’t a high school student.

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Originally published 2019.

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