Are you in need of some inspiration? Well look no further than these TED Talks. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to sharing ideas and stories in the form of short videos. The videos below are intended to encourage you to be a better student and, more importantly, person in society.
As a college student, it may seem like you never have time for yourself. This TED Talk dives deep into the topic of time management and how many of us overestimate our commitments each week. Expert Laura Vanderkam explains how we underestimate the free time we have each week and details how we can strategize to find more time for what matters to us.
Everyone perceives the world in a different way; therefore, everyone creates his or her own reality. This TED Talk pushes you to let go of excuses, assumptions and fears, and replace them with more positive thoughts. This is perfect for students who are feeling a little down or would like to lead a more positive life.
Many of us feel passionate about certain topics, but we don’t act upon our passions. This TED Talk tries to inspire viewers to act, rather than listen. Sisonke Msimang urges people to switch off their phones, step away from the screen and create a plan of action. As a college student, you are at the perfect stage of life to find your passions and make a difference.
Speaking up as a student can be intimidating, but most teachers and peers would love to hear what you have to say. Adam Galinsky, a social psychologist, converses on the topic of speaking up for yourself and navigating tricky social situations. This TED Talk gives viewers knowledge on expanding your personal power by speaking up.
Rejection can be extremely painful – especially if it’s something you have worked towards. Most college students experience rejection on some level at one point or another. In this TED Talk, Jia Jiang teaches how he desensitized himself to the pain and shame of rejection. Ultimately, he discovered that asking for what you want can open up possibilities, even where you expect to find dead ends.
Use these TED Talks to give you some insight and inspiration as you move forward with the school year. Let us know if you found these helpful and feel free to share with friends!