Welcome to TEDxDalhousieU
Name: Kaelyn Lupyrypa
Role: Promotions coordinator
Hello! My name is Kaelyn and I’m your Promotions Coordinator for TEDxDalhousieU 2018. I was really excited by the opportunity to be a TEDx leader because I think TED and TEDx events are a great way to be involved in the community and learn some new things. I became even more excited when I learned that the theme we decided to go with this year is Against The Current. One of the best parts about TEDx events is that the themes have to be able to be interpreted in different ways. This helps stem creativity, original thought and inclusion. To me this theme represents being able to over come an additional hurdle or barrier in your path to success. Going against the current sometimes means forcing yourself into an additional challenge that may not necessarily need to be there but you know the goal at the end is well worth it; at least you hope it is. While this is how I have chosen to interpret the theme, not everyone is going to think about it the same way that I do. For that reason, you will be able to read about the other executive members, speakers and guest bloggers thoughts on it as well.
My path to success has and will continue to be a pretty bumpy ride that is nowhere near finished yet. When trying to think of an example of a time that I had to go against the current, the first thing that came to mind was when I decided to move to Italy for my grade 12 year of high school. This example may seem a little dated, considering that I’m about to finish my 4th year of my undergraduate degree, but to me it is one of the most significant times that I’ve had to overcome a challenge and grow as an individual.
Prior to my choice of going to boarding school, I had been at my school for 11 years and hadn’t really known anything else. I left my family, friends, home and city to move to a country where I knew no one and didn’t speak the language. During the time right before I hopped on a plane to fly 8 hours across the world by myself for the first time, I remember turning to my boss with my fears and excitements. Thoughts such as “would I make friends? Would I still do well in school? What if I get lost?” were racing through my mind. She was able to comfort me by saying “when you look back at this one day you will remember how much fun you had, how much you got to experience and be able to see how it helped shape you as a person.” Well, maybe not in those exact words, it was 5 years ago after all, but that was the gist of it; and she was right.
During my time in Italy I learned more about ancient Rome and the founding of modern society than I ever thought possible. It sparked a travel bug in me that has since taken me literally all over the world and has allowed me to make life long friends from classmates and teachers that I still love speaking with. But most importantly, it showed me that there is adventure in every initiative and that to go against the current can takes you places that you never thought you would reach.