At 5:30 a.m., Stephanie Powers is already awake.

It's a weekday, and her itinerary includes a morning workout, a few hours of studying, class, and then meetings that often occupy her into the night. An RA, she will eventually retire to Humes to spend time with residents before doing homework and going to bed.

Such a busy schedule comes with the territory.

Powers' other titles on campus include programming coordinator for the Women's Coordinating Council, Take Back the Night co-coordinator, co-director of this year's production of "The Vagina Monologues" and vice president of Recognition for Residence Hall Honorary.

But the list doesn't stop there. Also involved in Habitat for Humanity and College Democrats, Powers – a senior in English – takes her activism outside of UT as a member of MENSA, a high IQ society.

Among all of her commitments, Powers said one of her deepest passions is her activity within the WCC.

"I'm a feminist through and through," Powers said. "Everything the WCC stands for is what's in my heart."

Earlier this month, Powers co-directed "The Vagina Monologues." She assumed the role with no prior theater experience, an undertaking long-time friend Julian Liggins, senior in global studies and political science, says is typical of Powers.

"When it comes to being involved on campus, Stephanie ranks up there with the best," Liggins said. "Dedication and an unwavering passion for what she does sets her apart from most people I know. I'm really proud of her."

Celia Chapuis, freshman in kinesiology, and Meredith Hull, exploratory freshman, are residents on Powers' floor in Humes who spoke of her with similar admiration.

"After meeting Steph, I knew that by the time I was in her shoes as a senior I wanted to be in charge of events and excel in school just like she is doing now," Chapuis said. "She always steps up to the challenge that freshman girls present, and she does so with grace and love.

"She has shown me how to be organized, successful and joyful in the craziness."

Powers traces the source of her drive to her childhood.

One of eight children, Powers said she gained much of her inspiration from her mother.

"My mom originally growing up was a really strong role model for me and taught me that women can do anything," Powers said. "I didn't really see any opposition to that until I got to college, and I didn't really know what to do with that.

"I didn't know how to react to it and how to make it clear that I didn't agree with people who think that women can't do anything."

Powers joined the WCC as a sophomore and now identifies the organization as one of her most rewarding commitments on campus.

"My heart really goes out to people that have been through sex-trafficking, partially because of my own background and also just the stories people tell about it are incredible," Powers said. "As a feminist, a lot of people think it's just women that we focus on, but that's not really true. It's really everyone that's oppressed."

Powers finds solace in her demanding life by dedicating an hour to herself each day when possible.

"I'm a little bit of a nerd," she said. "'Lord of The Rings' was my escape when I was a kid, and it's still my escape now. I'm kind of shy of other 'Lord of the Rings' fans, though.

"Actually, I'm kind of afraid of other 'Lord of the Rings fans, so I kind of am in my own little bubble."

Fluent in Elvish, Powers is in the process of tattooing a poem from "The Fellowship of the Ring" down her back. Currently, it reads "All that is gold does not glitter" in Elvish. Powers said she plans to add a line of the poem each year.

And as Powers accumulates more of the poem's lines, she tentatively plans to write her own life's next chapter within the Peace Corps in community development and administration. Following this lengthy commitment, she plans on attending graduate school so she can later work with sex trafficking victims.

Abigail Powers, sophomore in social work and Powers' younger sister, attested to her sister's influence as a role model.

"She is constantly trying to give a voice to those who can't use their own," Abigail Powers said. "She has made a difference on this campus and I know she is going to do so much more beyond this. She has inspired me to stand up for what is important to me and be vocal about it. She is truly an inspiration."

Still, Stephanie Powers maintains a humble and compassionate demeanor.

"I'm really drawn to helping victims and helping people come out on top, because you're not always a victim," she said. "You can come out of that and be a survivor, too."