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Another week, another post about the wonderful TEDxAUCollege event that was hosted last March. Although the last post revolved around the speaker-side of the occasion, this time we’re shifting the focus elsewhere, namely to the audience. Taking inspiration from the well-known Humans of New York-initiative, we’re sharing with you a look into the lives of the people who visited TEDxAUCollege 2018.

Sarah Picolet
“Two years ago I decided to start living a healthier lifestyle, and I’ve lost thirty kilograms since. At one point, I was running up the stairs and I couldn’t breathe anymore. That’s when I knew that something had to change. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t hard, because it was. But, at the end of the day, it is all in your head. With the right mindset and enough will power, it can be achieved. And I notice the difference every day. People look at me in a different way. In Indonesia, where I’m from, they treat me like a different person.”

Aisha Erenstein
“I don’t really have a sense of belonging in a set place. I’ve lived in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, India, Ethiopia, Mexico, and other countries. Of course, there are certain aspects in each of these countries with which I identify, but in the end, you remain a guest. In the past, not feeling at home anywhere bothered me a lot. But now I’ve come to accept it. It still feels strange, though. But I also don’t think I would be happy if I’d be staying in one place for a very long time. I consider myself a citizen of the world.”

Connor Barette
“My biggest passion is definitely ice hockey. I started playing about sixteen years ago. Now I play in a top-league team in Amsterdam, called the Amsterdam tigers. We train about three times a week and play about twice a week. It’s a good way to get all my anger and frustration out as well. It also shaped how I deal with certain situations. Ice hockey definitely helped me with defining myself. I see myself as an ice hockey player.”

Mia Szymanski
“A year ago, I went to India with a friend to become a yoga teacher. Yoga made me realize how everything is connected: mind, body, and people. My thoughts affect my doings, and my doings affect other people. I don’t teach yoga at the moment, but I try to practice it as often as possible. It brings me peace of mind.”

 As you can see, not only the TEDx speakers, but also the audience has interesting stories to tell. We hope you’ve enjoyed the TEDxAUCollege event as much as we did, and would love to see you again next year. Who knows, maybe you’ll be featured in ‘Humans of TEDxAUCOllege 2019’. For now, the TEDxAUCollege blog will continue to supply you with ideas worth spreading and exclusive sneak peeks into our organization, so keep an eye out for new posts!