Danielle Geathers is a rising college junior majoring in mechanical engineering with a concentration in product design, or at they say at MIT, Course 2-A.

She is also the first Black woman elected to serve as MIT’s student body president in the school’s 159 years — a fact she has researched extensively. 

“I actually did an independent study in the fall semester and I wrote 30 pages about the history of Black female recruitment at MIT,” she says, noting that an ideal outcome of her presidency is that “MIT is a more inclusive place and that Black student matriculation goes up next year.”

CNBC Make It spoke with Geathers to hear about her plans for MIT, her advice to students right now and what it took to get where she is today: