This Boston University Student Funded Her College Dreams by Starting a Jewelry Company

Many high school students take part-time jobs or apply for scholarships to help them pay for college. New York City native and current Boston University student Emma Johnson took a different approach — she started her own business. As a junior in high school – Johnson posted a photo on Instagram of a bracelet she had made. “Immediately,” she recalls, “I started receiving texts from friends and family asking where I got it and if they could buy one. How cool would it be to graduate college debt-free by running a small business?”

“Every week, I get emails from people saying they are inspired by my mission,” Johnson said. “The most rewarding part about my business is knowing that my customers don’t just want to buy a keychain – they want to be a part of my story.”