Hey everyone! The fall 2018 semester has officially started and time is flying! I already have at least 4 midterms by November 1st. It is getting crazy, but one thing that I love doing when taking a break is watching a TED Talk. While many of you may know about these, I will give a brief background for those that are unfamiliar.
TED talks are talks hosted by influential and innovative individuals from around the world. The topics range from Architecture to Psychology and much, much more. What I like about TED talks is that they always present new perspectives on common issues and breakthroughs that you would have never imagined. I have compiled a list of all my favorite (thus far) TED talks, so watch these or ones that personally interest you! Have fun!
1. How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over by Mel Robbins
This talk is for everyone who has answered “I am fine” whenever someone has asked them how they were doing. Robbins discusses how life may seem boring because of the routine we put ourselves into. Just as we have basic needs to breathe, eat, and drink, perhaps, we also have a basic need to explore. When this need doesn’t get met then, we feel unfulfilled in life. Note: if the link is not working, then try searching it directly on Youtube!
2. 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation by Celeste Headlee
This is a talk that I really urge all of you to watch because it gives you a condensed list of ten small and easy tricks to help you speak and listen better. Whether it is during interviews or being pulled into a conversation about drama by your best friend, everyone can definitely glean at least one thing from the video on how to improve conversational skills.
3. How to Design a Library that Makes Kids Want to Read by Michael Bierut
Bierut talks about how the key to inspiring children in public schools to read is through the design of the library. See how Bierut brings one library to life by infusing its design with the very readers who will use it.
4. How do You Build a Sacred Place by Siamak Hariri
Here, Hariri is part of an architecture team who is building a temple in South America. The reasons and philosophy behind the different components of the design are profound and truly riveting.
5. How Augmented Reality Could Change the Future of Surgery by Nadine Hachach-Haram
All you technology and science lovers better buckle up because this talk is about to blow your mind. This talk discusses how we can tackle the issue of a low surgeon-to-population ratio using remote surgery. A senior, experienced surgeon can supervise surgery from thousands of miles away. In addition to supervising, he or she can also train future surgeons!
6. The Urgency of Intersectionality by Kimberle Crenshaw
This is a much-needed talk on the struggles of overlapping oppression and how the policies must change in order to talk into account such intersectionality. Crenshaw gives the powerful and terrifying example of the racism AND genderism that Black woman face daily. NOTE: there is graphic content so please pay attention to the warning label in the video.
Thank you! Good luck in all your classes!