I had so much to say, so much that I wanted to express in my ted talk that it was tough for me to choose, in the end I chose what I thought the audience would understand and appreciate more.
It was still really hard and an emotional process, because I basically had to take what has been going on in my life for over 5 years into slides. Most people don’t know the emotional attachment that I have with my project, the passion that I have for what I am doing and the significancy of helping those kids who I call my friends really means to me.
My project is one of the reasons why I chose the IA over the IB. When I started, I had no support whatsoever from my school, if it weren’t for the passion that I felt towards my goal at the time I wouldn’t have been able to help out all those kids. To me knowing that I have collected 118 tons of paper is a huge deal, while to other people it may be insignificant I know the smiles that others “trash” is creating.
This is why I decided to focalise my ted talk into my own story. I learned how to pop my own bubble and seclude myself from the mediocrity and really create a difference. I feel like in the IA, we each get to pop our own bubble and experiment with what we are really passionate about. I believe that passion always leads you to success. I guess what I am trying to say, is that my passion was making those kids smile but some of us could have something different wether its photography or designing or filming, in the IA we all get the opportunity to pop our own bubble, and in the end give back to our community. Wether it’s tutoring in IBG time, or writing relevant articles for The BREAK. But most importantly, being with a group of people who will empower you to grow to be a better learner, team mate and person.
In just three months of being part of the IA, I was able to have time to work on my project and expand it, being able to reach a wider audience of people who wanted to help me. I feel like I am part of a program which actually values my goals and dreams, and makes them seem much more achievable. Bust most importantly I am surrounded by peers who have that passion for what they are doing and the WANT to succeed.
I didn’t realise but, actually doing this ted talk made me realise how much I cherish being in this type of program.
I can’t wait to see what else we are able to accomplish.