A closer look at TEDX
The organization TED, or Technology Entertainment and Design, strives to recruit professionals to give a wide range of talks on topic from science and business to global issues. The school has its own independently organized club,TEDx that tries to do the same by having students pitch and ultimately give speeches on their own beliefs and ideas. The event is taking place on Friday, January 11, and selected students will be giving talks on their own ideas and interpretations surrounding the figure and meaning of x. Students ideas regard their personal experiences and passions. TED aims to spread ideas that will have an impact and foster community and individual growth. The Oracle interviewed with three student speakers who will present their experiences and ideas on Friday during the TEDx event, looking closely at their journey, ideas, and interpretation of x.
Bridging the gap between American culture and foreign cultures to understand the social norms of society is something senior Jennifer Huan struggled with herself. Four years ago, Huan immigrated to Mountain View from China with little to no exposure to the English language. She spent her freshman through junior year in the English Language Development program to develop her reading, writing, and speaking skills.
Added to the challenge of learning a new language, Huan described her personal struggle with adjusting to American cultural norms when she first arrived. Huan said fellow students that reached out to her made her feel more welcome and helped her navigate her freshman year experience.
“They helped answer questions I had and made me feel more comfortable on campus, making the cultural shift a lot easier,” Huan said.
Huan’s TED talk highlights her journey of culture assimilation, the experience of coming to a new country, and facing its cultural and social differences. Besides her talk, Huan has strived to facilitate cultural inclusion for immigrant students through her role in the Associated Student Body. ASB ELD Commissioner, Huan organizes events such as the annual cultural week to recognize campus diversity.
She also recently created a school guidebook for English Learners and their parents, with translations in Mandarin and Spanish, which provides general information and encouragement about classes, stepping out of one’s comfort zone
“Creating a environment on campus where all students feel comfortable enough to reach their full potential is the ultimate goal,” Huan said.
Trying to become more involved in the schools community and clubs, sophomore Ariana Rich joined TEDx interpreting the figure x as what an individual wants, and she’s revolving her talk around the path to ultimately achieving their desire by making long-term decisions. By giving her talk she wants to help people revise their priorities.
Rich said she believes that many students make their decisions based on what they want in the present situation, instead of giving thought to the long-term effects of their choices. “Sometimes what you want now isn’t worth having because it’s not what you’ll want tomorrow, that’s why you need to think long-term,” Rich said.
Many do not sufficiently evaluate their options and as a result do not maximize their success in the given situation. She said that she wants to convince her audience to not rush through their decisions and give thought to the the long term effects to primarily get the most out of their choices and opportunities. “Making a decision based on long-term initiatives will have a longer lasting benefit,” Rich said.
Sophomores and musicians Ernest Chau and Archish Arun are involved and immersed in the musical community on campus and play multiple string and brass instruments like the piano and french horn. They are continuing to cultivate an environment where people take music-oriented classes to pursue passions and achieve personal goals. Chau and Arun said they felt motivated to participate in MVHS TEDx having seen the “influential” ideas presented by past speakers..
“We have some interesting parallels to drive us as musicians and people, and we want to bring those to the table,” Chau said.
Arun said they want to show people that by connecting with music, they can further develop as individuals. According to Chau, when people go to a concert or a performance they share something “beautiful” with not just the performers, but the audience and the people surrounding them. Chau and Arun want to ultimately introduce the “bigger picture” of music and its qualities to others, so others can identify “the true values of music,” Chau said.