Must watch TEDx Talks for prospective college students  

We are well aware of the ocean of ideas that future students have; they seek advice, encouragement and motivation before joining the university. And, nothing can be more valuable than the TED platform; it has an enormous collection of inspiring stories and discussions to empower and motivate you.

It should always be your first go-to resource. From time management and productivity to motivation and happiness – the TED talks cover all.

Here's a curated list of the best inspirational TED talks for students that can be extremely helpful in bringing a change in your life for the better and make you college-ready.

Inside The Mind of a Master Procrastinator

Tim Urban is a blogger and one of the internet’s most popular writers with over a million unique page views on his website. In this funny TED Talk, Tim explains why procrastinators are drawn to procrastination. It is an inevitable part of being a student because there will always be at least one assignment or project that students are not crazy about, or a time in their student life when there seems to be much going around and you cannot muster up the motivation to begin. If you feel like a constant procrastinator, it can lead to increased anxiety in your life, which makes it difficult to give it all to your studies. 

How To Stay Calm When You Know You Will Be Stressed: Daniel Levitin

In this Talk, Daniel Levitin, a neuroscience researcher, allows us to be mini neuroscientists and discusses avoiding catastrophes, which generally occur under extreme stress. Here, he points out that as humans, we must expect failure at times. And emphasizes that the higher the level of stress, the higher the rates of failure. He also suggests that we should put systems in place to minimize the chances of failure during times of stress, which are commonly the in times of finals or midterms, registration periods, fall start, or when they have an upcoming project or presentation.

DareToDisagree: Margaret Heffernan

In her TED Talk, the former CEO of five businesses, Margaret Hefferman, explains the importance of standing up for something you genuinely believe in or something you believe to be righteous. She emphasizes that disagreeing is not always a bad thing, and usually, there is a reason behind the proposed thought. As students, this could come about with professors or TAs, your student body government, faculty, or in-group projects. Bringing up a disagreement is integral to the success of a group as it brings to light issues that must be addressed and will make the group stronger.

How Do You Define Yourself? : LizzieVelásquez

Lizzie Velasquez is a popular motivational speaker and author who speaks and pens down about identity, beauty standards, and bullying. She was born with a rare syndrome that does not let her gain weight, which became a subject of significant bullying during her young days, and has some unique perspectives on how to define you.

 In this talk, sharing her university day’s experience, she states it is the time for students to explore and define themselves as who they are as a person. Lizzies also suggests creating your own goals and making yourself uniquely you, according to whom you want to be now and whom you want to become and refrain from listening to negative comments, and in fact, use those negativities to push yourself even further to become exactly who you define yourself as.

Everyday Leadership: Drew Dudley

A leadership speaker and author, Drew Dudley, in this TED Talk, urges listeners to redefine what it means to be a leader. He explains that leadership is often seen as someone who will change the world; it is something of prestige earned. But it does not have to be — every day of our lives brings opportunities to be leaders and change others’ lives for the better.


Angela Lee Duckworth: The Key to Success? Grit

In this video, Angela Lee Duckworth, a psychologist by profession and famous science author, talks about how money can buy you things and looks can get you things, and brains can make you understand things, but none are the natural ingredient for success. Angela defines what it takes to get things done right: grit with some great examples to refer to, for inspiration.

Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness

This is amongst the best TEDx talk where Dan gilbert, a successful businessman and investor, explains almost everything about happiness’s existential qualities anyway. Further highlights, one great thing is that achieving happiness only takes minimal effort on your part. Your brain has incredible adaptive skills and can be happy in any situation. So you just have to let your brain be happy rather than constantly thinking that you’ll be happy when you get what you don’t have. He insists upon “Enjoying the present. Enjoying accessibility when it becomes accessible.” 

Margaret Heffernan: Dare to Disagree

In her speech, Margaret Heffernan, the blogger, former CEO and TV producer, demonstrates that only humans want to avoid disagreements and conflicts. But, encourages you to do the exact opposite in both his books. She challenges readers to push against their comfort zones to spark vital conversations and positive change.

In addition, discusses why inviting objection in our work can change things. While we are biologically attracted to people who think like us, Heffernan questions the value of being around peers who have feelings of affection.

AndyPuddicombe: All it takes is 10 Mindful Minutes

Andy Puddicombe is a British author, public speaker and teacher of meditation and mindfulness. In this TED talk, he affirms that you can prevent yourself from the overwhelming feeling of stress by taking just 10 minutes out of your day to live in the present. These 10 minutes can take you to a place where you can be completely alone and take in your surroundings. Also, suggests adding juggling to force your mind to the present. 

In actuality, he describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment and have a good time.

Larry Smith: Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career

A gripping Ted Talk from Larry Smith, Professor of Economics at the University of Waterloo in Canada and career coach. He says there are millions of excuses for preventing you from taking any desired action. This prevents so many amazing people from reaching their professional potential. All these little missed opportunities and excuses for not taking part stop people from having great careers. 

His TED talk addresses the reasons behind not taking any action and inspires listeners to work for their passion keeping all the excuses aside.

Do listen to these inspiring speakers to bring a massive and great change in your life!

About the Author
Author: Saniya Khan
Saniya Khan I am Saniya Khan, Copy-Editor at EdTechReview - India’s leading edtech media. As a part of the group, my aim is to spread awareness on the growing edtech market by guiding all educational stakeholders on latest and quality news, information and resources. A voraciously curious writer with a dedication to excellence creates interesting yet informational pieces, playing with words since 2016.

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