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A $5 million challenge for a tech solution to help community college students graduate

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Ani Okkasian was the first in her family to go to college. “My parents escaped a communist country and got to the [United] States with $700 in their pocket,” she says. And so, when she participated in a TEDActive 2014 workshop held by the Robin Hood Foundation to brainstorm ways to help community college students graduate, she offered an insight from her own college experience: these students may feel like they’re floating on their own.

Community colleges offer access to higher education for more than 8 million students a year in the United States, many of them from low-income backgrounds and, like Okkasian, the first in their family to go to college. Robin Hood has identified a pattern at play on community college campuses; a large number of students require remedial classes before moving on, but only 28% of students who take them earn their degree, even 8.5 years later…

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The Current Top 20 Most Popular TED Talks

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8506166674_27b6649d38_b As 2013 draws to a close, TED is deeply humbled to have posted 1600+ talks , each representing an idea worth spreading. So which ideas have had the most widespread impact? Below, a look at the 20 most-watched talks as of December 2013. These viewership numbers include all the platforms we track: TED.com, YouTube, iTunes, embed and download, Hulu and more.

Some fascinating things to notice on this list, if you’d like to compare and contrast it to the most popular talks in 2012, and to the list we shared back in 2011: Amy Cuddy, Susan Cain, David Blaine and Pamela Meyer are all newcomers to the list, with Cuddy’s talk storming to spot #5 thanks to you sharing it. Meanwhile, Brene Brown’s talk has doubled in its number of views since 2012, with Simon Sinek and Mary Roach’s talks coming close to that line. And finally, Ken…

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I don’t know wh…

I don’t know what to say really.
Three minutes
to the biggest battle of our professional lives
all comes down to today.
Either
we heal
as a team
or we are going to crumble.
Inch by inch
play by play
till we’re finished.
We are in hell right now, gentlemen
believe me
and
we can stay here
and get the shit kicked out of us
or
we can fight our way
back into the light.
We can climb out of hell.
One inch, at a time.

Now I can’t do it for you.
I’m too old.
I look around and I see these young faces
and I think
I mean
I made every wrong choice a middle age man could make.
I uh….
I pissed away all my money
believe it or not.
I chased off
anyone who has ever loved me.
And lately,
I can’t even stand the face I see in the mirror.

You know when you get old in life
things get taken from you.
That’s, that’s part of life.
But,
you only learn that when you start losing stuff.
You find out that life is just a game of inches.
So is football.
Because in either game
life or football
the margin for error is so small.
I mean
one half step too late or to early
you don’t quite make it.
One half second too slow or too fast
and you don’t quite catch it.
The inches we need are everywhere around us.
They are in ever break of the game
every minute, every second.

On this team, we fight for that inch
On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us
to pieces for that inch.
We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch.
Cause we know
when we add up all those inches
that’s going to make the fucking difference
between WINNING and LOSING
between LIVING and DYING.

I’ll tell you this
in any fight
it is the guy who is willing to die
who is going to win that inch.
And I know
if I am going to have any life anymore
it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch
because that is what LIVING is.
The six inches in front of your face.

Now I can’t make you do it.
You gotta look at the guy next to you.
Look into his eyes.
Now I think you are going to see a guy who will go that inch with you.
You are going to see a guy
who will sacrifice himself for this team
because he knows when it comes down to it,
you are gonna do the same thing for him.

That’s a team, gentlemen
and either we heal now, as a team,
or we will die as individuals.
That’s football guys.
That’s all it is.
Now, whattaya gonna do?

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Hard Work Makes The Difference

Beautiful written and motivational!

Vincent Egoro


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“One day a woman was working in the garden outside of her house when a travelling minister stopped by. “What a lovely garden,” he exclaimed, getting out of his horse – drawn buggy. Full of roses, orchids, and other beautiful flowers, the garden was bothered by sculpted hedges and stood out from the other gardens in the neighbourhood.

“My good woman. God has certainly blessed you with an extraordinary garden.”

The woman stood up and wiped her brow.

“Yes and I am grateful. But you should have seen this place when He had it all to Himself!”

As he rode away, the minister realized that every gardener along this road had been blessed with the same soil, the same opportunity, and that each garden was a reflection of the people who created it. What someone does with their garden is their business. While each gardener had similar materials to work…

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Second Interview

Nice to say that I’m at my second interview

I presented today the projects of the association (Association of Francophone Students from Iași) I’m in, for the second time, prowdly sustaining my friends in the interview. The emotions of the first one somehow flew through my muscles and I relived a infirm part of the talk, having just a little bit of the tension from it. 

 

Entering the stage

I first met the person who was going to interview me who was ok, then I went into the building to meet with the director of the studio. We made a plan for the show and, remembering the first interview at TVR1, I became a little bit nervous. But I said to myself it’s going to be ok and I started thinking about the people who inspired me along my life. I said to myself: “I have done it once, I’m just going to get better!”. I started talking about the projects in the association. I was good with it, positive and it all went well.

 

Camera, movie, action

When I entered the room I felt a little breeze going through my muscles, I kept moving. While I steel was sitting, I was confortable, but when someone began arraging my mic, I started thinking about the emotions I had in my first interview, which could make me start losing it. That would mean demotivating myself with the negative toughts, not making others to get involved in our projects, in our activities. I then thought about the people who inspired me, once again, took a deep breath and regained my calm and my control. I started actively participating at the conversation, determined by that thought and the possibility to represent my association in the interview, proudly presenting the project, in which, most of the time, I took part of. The conversation went my way, a good review was given to the association and the projects.

 

Take action

Even if it’s not the moment, even if you don’t always feel confortable in that position, you must man up and start taking action, start motivating yourself. Think of who is inspiring you, write it down, adress them, look fear in the eyes and confront it. Don’t let it make you fall apart. Stay motivated.