I did not know what to expect when I first applied, but the process of preparing for the TEDx presentation has actually required more consistent commitment to trainings and writing blogs than I expected. The process is a good one, however, and I understand all of the prep that needs to go into this very important event.

The best part has been preparing my speech and thinking about the most important points I would like to share with the audience. I have also enjoyed sharing my ideas with my first audience, my family, and receiving their feedback.

The most challenging part so far is my increasing anxiety as the date draws near. I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with a panic that I am going to forget my speech in front of a large audience along with my failure being recorded. I fear letting people down, but I know this is a natural anxiety when it comes to public speaking and I am trying to focus on positive affirmations and lots of practice of my speech.

I am most excited about pushing myself to expand my experiences. I am happy to get to talk about a topic that is important to me, my activism, and my pedagogy.