Top 10 TED Talks For Study Abroad Students #9 – The Danger Of A Single Story

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“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”

This is quite possibly my favorite TED talk for Study Abroad of all time. Adichie humorously and powerfully challenges us to look beyond our single stories of people and places in order to create the possibility of connection as humans.

In my book, Study U Abroad, I talk about the Key to Ignite Your Curiosity.  The idea is to Study Abroad and travel with an open mind, willing to discover a more complete story of the people and places you encounter. Get beyond what you think you know about someone and look for exceptions to the stereotypes and preconceived notions you may be holding onto.

Use Study Abroad to become conscious of your own stories of the world and begin to connect in a different way.

How will you challenge your own single story?

 Click to see the entire list of Top 10 TED Talks For Study Abroad Students 

  

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  1. Hosting says:

    University is a time for you to explore who you are and what defines you as a person, which can be tough in a world driven by social media and general image expectations. Motivational speaker Lizzie Velasquez, who suffers from a rare syndrome, addresses this issue head on in a passionate talk about what really defines beauty and happiness.

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