I could hear the crowd cheering, the backstage crew telling me to get ready and finally, it was my turn to step on stage. Before I knew it, there I was, standing in front of hundreds of high school students, teachers, and mentors as I was about to present my first ever TED talk… live!
I presented my first ever TED talk at the 2012 TEDxYouth@SanDiego conference with hopes that I could raise awareness for the issues girls go through in developing countries like in the case of Malala – a-15-year-old girl shot in the head by the Taliban for standing up for girls’ education.
Additionally, I knew of the 67 million children in this world that aren’t in school, and more than half of these children are girls. I knew I couldn’t let these girls down. Thanks to Girl Up, I was given another opportunity to raise awareness about girls like me who want to thrive in this world. And thanks to Global Girl Media, I was able to find my voice and speak in front of the largest crowd I had ever seen!
I discussed both personal experiences like my college process as an 18 year old Latina and global issues like the importance of an education in a girl’s life – regardless of where she lives in this world.
I hope everyone enjoys my TED talk!