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Students Inspire(d) at First HBS myTake Talk on Resilience

Audience at myTake on Resilience

Audience at myTake on Resilience - Photo by Derek Shi

HBS’s first “myTake”, a new series of TED-style student presentations, featured Rawiah Abdallah (HBS 2012), Kimberly Celestine (HBS 2012), Kwame Owusu-Kesse (HBS 2012), and Andrew Kinard (HBS 2012), who each spoke of their own resilience, the resilience of those around them, and what resilience means to them. HBS students turned out in mass to the optional event in support of their peers.

According to HBS Student Association Co-President Jon Dick, “The idea for myTake originated from the students of HBS. There are so many incredible life stories and world views at our school. We felt like it would be extremely powerful to provide a forum to share these stories and reflect on what they mean for our lives.”

Rawiah Abdallah (HBS 2012) speaking at myTake on Resilience

Rawiah Abdallah (HBS 2012) speaking at myTake on Resilience - Photo by Derek Shi

Abdallah spoke of resilience of the people of Egypt: “When the going gets tough, you need to find the one thing that will keep you going, and in doing this, try to be creative. Use whatever resources you have, and don’t take yourself too seriously…. This is how we’re still fighting.”

Kimberly Celestine (HBS 2012) speaks at myTake on Resilience

Kimberly Celestine (HBS 2012) speaks at myTake on Resilience - Photo by Derek Shi

Celestine spoke of resilience of her personal challenges in weight loss: “This discussion, and not just this one, but many talks that I have had with people at HBS, with people who dared to ask me the question, or dared to say that they were concerned about my weight, or dared to go to the place that I try to stay very far from.

“It took a lot www.replicabestsale.co.uk.  It’s taking a lot for me to stand up here, but I think in this moment I’m realizing that there is some resilience in here.

“And by that, I mean resilience in you, and resilience in me.”

Kwame Owusu-Kesse (HBS 2012) speaks at myTake on Resilience - Photo by Derek Shi

Kwame Owusu-Kesse (HBS 2012) speaks at myTake on Resilience - Photo by Derek Shi

Owusu-Kesse described challenges of identity: “Resilience is how you respond to adversity. Resilience isn’t just some innate quality we are born with that can’t be developed. Rather, it is something that is learned overtime.

“We all have struggled—trying to find ourselves, what we are passionate about, and what we truly value. It is through that struggle, battling against the stereotypes I have faced both as a poor, black man and now as a member of privileged communities that I learned how to be resilient cartier roadster replica. It is that sense of self-awareness that I believe provides the strength to face adversity.

“HOWEVER, that’s only one piece. More important than any individualistic sense of resilience is the importance of resilient communities—the support networks we have that refuse to let us fall and stay down. There are so many people involved in developing resilient individuals, and we must understand that it is truly an all hands on deck, team approach to building resilience.”

The Student Association hopes that the myTake series will spur deeper discussions on campus to encourage others to feel comfortable sharing their stories more regularly cartier santos 100 replica.  Student presenters are selected by a small committee of their peers. Though this is the only myTake currently scheduled, the Student Association hopes to schedule more in the future.

April 9, 2012
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