For many, university is a time of self-growth and independence. It's a chance for students to be taken out of their comfort zone and allow them to make new connections. It also gives them a chance to delve deeply into their area of interest, not just in class, but in a practicum or research experience.
Many students take on other different roles throughout their university careers, which will help them achieve their future aspirations. However, it's also normal for students to doubt their efforts. For those students who need a bit of inspiration to work through these feelings, TED Talks are awesome videos that give great perspectives on life, while also inspiring people to achieve their highest potential. Without further ado, here are five inspiring TED talks that every student must watch.
1. Why some of us don't have one true calling
2. Programming your mind for success
3. Learning styles and the importance of critical self-reflection
4. What do top students do differently?
What makes a great student? To disprove popular belief, the IQ level of a student, as well as working hard all the time, does not contribute to a student getting the best possible marks. The secret, according to Douglas Barton, the founder and Global Chairman of Elevate Education, is the importance of performing practice exams to solidify the knowledge learned in class. Self-discipline, resilience and having a work-life balance are also discussed as important to achieving the best marks in school.
5. My philosophy for a happy life
Sam Berns was a 17-year-old different than most teenagers. He had a genetic disorder called progeria that was caused by a defect in the prelamin A protein, creating an abnormal shape in the nucleus of his cells. He passed almost a month after this TED Talk. But his life was not wasted, as he lived it happily - finding opportunity where there were obstacles and surrounding himself with positivity. As students facing hard times in school or life, it's important to "keep moving forward" as Sam said, in order to maximize your potential in this world.