Alison Ledgerwood joined the Department of Psychology at UC Davis in 2008 after completing her PhD in social psychology at New York University. She is interested in understanding how people think, and how they can think better. Her research, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, investigates how certain ways of thinking about an issue tend to stick in people’s heads. Her classes on social psychology focus on understanding the way people think and behave in social situations, and how to harness that knowledge to potentially improve the social world in which we all live.
TED-Ed event “Sharing & Inspiring” (Sunday 10th June 2018)
It is with great pleasure, that I introduce you all to these wonderful students. These bright young minds, shared their ideas with the rest of the world, inspiring us all to become better. Well done everyone! You’ve made us very proud!
Below, you’ll find the links to their videos. Enjoy!
There is no greater joy than watching your student give a speech for TED-Ed. Congratulations!!! I’m so proud of you!
“Goals are an inseparable part of our lives since day one and it is a factor that makes us move on and gives life a meaning.”
Keida is the definition of ‘diligence’. A hard-working student in the last year of high school with aspirations to make the world a better place; Keida is an avid supporter of human rights, a passionate reader, and above all, a futurist with goals in her life.
Speeches, Lectures and Presentations. What do all of these have in common? Simply put – you have an audience.
Imagine yourself on a stage while being ‘examined’ by hundreds of eyes. The feelings are overwhelming to say the least. Many of my friends and colleagues ask me questions such as, “How do you do it? Don’t you have stage fright? What if you forget your lines?”
I’d be lying if I said that I never felt just a bit nervous when facing a large audience. During one of my speeches, I had the deputy mayor of Athens sitting next to me and representatives of the American University of Deree and the U.S. Embassy in the audience; all the while, my speech was being recorded.
How did it go, you might ask? At the end of it, I was surrounded by my audience who literally got up and embraced me. My heart was full of joy and relief, as I ‘got through’ to them. Now, if you’re wondering, that I might be a ‘natural’ at this, then you’re wrong. I’m just an ordinary girl like any other. Then why am I at ease when I’m on the stage?
The answer is simple. Proper preparation. Meticulous preparation and attention to detail can get you through anything. There’s a saying, ‘practice makes perfect’ and by following a few simple guidelines, you’ll start feeling more comfortable when you grab that mic and start talking.