On Sunday, March 29, Cushing held its first ever TEDx Cushing spearheaded by Jessica Kinsley ’16 along with committee members Myles Bonadie ‘17, Rachel Guerriero ’16, Joanna James ’15, and Yashi Thakurani ’18. The topic: Changing Perspective.
“I have always been a big fan of TED talks and what TED stands for,” said Jessica. “I like how TED talks can be used to spread awareness, educate, and entertain on such a global scale. When I found out that I could organize a TEDx Youth event, I thought Cushing would be a great place to hold it since Cushing students have a diverse set of interests. At first what motivated me to organize this was that I knew I could do it and that it could become something great, but later the enthusiasm that my committee and I received was really inspiring and made us even more excited to organize this event.”
The committee held auditions where interested students completed an outline and prepared a one-minute opener based on their topic. In the end, four students were selected: Chyna Christman ‘16, Gia Nghi “Jack” Chau ‘17, Zara Tarter ‘17, and Kylie Caouette ‘15.
After several rehearsals and committee feedback, it was go-time before a robust audience and live-streaming cameras. Chyna talked about the power of language that affects how we view ourselves and each other; Jack discussed unpacking your self-confidence and taking risks; Zara talked about solving problems by approaching them from a new perspective; and Kylie talked about how our own expectations of ourselves can sometimes keep us from being honest about our feelings.
“Sometimes living inside Cushing can make it seem like we all see things the same way,” said Jessica. “My hope is that with these TED talks, people will be more open to different topics involving students today.”
Congratulations to the committee and the presenters on a job well done!
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