They triumphed in the face of adversity. They didn't hesitate to fight -- or study, or work for -- something they believed in. The showed their true selves. And in 2010, they accomplished monumental things.
Below, see 11 inspiring college students, campuses, groups and professors who lead by example this year -- and may renew your confidence in younger generations.
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