Sophomore Aishani Aatresh, a frequent consumer of the popular TED talks, is constantly inspired by what she learns from these online presentations. When she heard of the opportunity for high school students to speak at a local TEDx youth event, she knew she could encourage other teens by speaking about her food allergies and how they have shaped her life.
Aatresh was one of five Saint Francis students who took part in a recent TEDx youth @SHC event. “I was struck by the power of what teenagers have to say,” she said. “There was a diverse array of talks, and all our little experiences add up.”
In her TEDx talk, Aatresh discussed how she views allergies not as a hindrance but as a vehicle through which we can grow, learn and pass on knowledge to others.
“I’m proud that the TEDx event was an opportunity to bring all my interests together — to talk about my allergies, to meet new people, and to represent Saint Francis,” said Aatresh.
Senior Arrian Ebrahimi, who also participated, spoke about the difference he sees between religion and faith and how individuals are more alike than they are different. “I spoke honestly about something that comes from my soul, and the chance to share words that so greatly define who am I is an experience I’ll never forget,” he said.
Senior Nicole Kim similarly chose to focus on a deeply personal issue — the immigrant experience. She contrasted her mother’s worldviews with those from a Western culture. One highlight for her was receiving compliments from audience members who, after her presentation, told her how relatable her talk was.
‘’Being an immigrant is a part of my everyday life, and I’ve noticed that I think differently from classmates in certain ways,” Kim said. “I wanted to express those differences.”
In an effort to recreate the experience they had of speaking at the TEDx event, Aatresh, Ebrahimi and Kim are among a group of Lancers launching a TED-style youth conference, called SF Talks, to be held next April on campus.
Check out the TEDx talks from the Lancer delegation:
Aishani Aatresh ’20: Cracking the Allergy Nutshell
Tiffany Cabrera ’17: When School is Counterintuitive
Arrian Ebrahimi ’18: Faithfully United
Anjana Iyer ’17: Music and the Mind
Nicole Kim ’18: "Past Tense, Future Imperfect": My Life as an Immigrant