5 TED Talks to Get You Through the Spring Quarter Slump

I don’t know about you, but the last stretch of spring quarter is usually the most difficult to make it through. It’s right around this time that I really feel all these weeks of studying, lecture, and lack of sleep catching up with me. Not to mention, the fact that the sun is finally back and provides a constant distraction. The combination of these factors have pretty much sapped the life out of my motivation.

I’m not kidding. Last night I googled, “Inspire me, please.” 

After scrolling through about a million google results of “inspirational quotes” on sunset stock photos, I found the TED website (I have always known it existed but I often forget to put it to use).

I spent the next few hours watching videos that promised inspiration, motivation, and ideological advancement. I was not disappointed. 

Here are five TED videos that will give your brain some healthy exercise and might even help get you through the rest of the quarter.

  1. 1. Deep Sea Diving in a Wheelchair

    Not only is this woman amazing and creative but her message teaches you all about redefining your circumstances. Sue Austin is truly humbling and inspiring.

  2. 2. Empower a Girl, Transform a Community

    We often find ourselves stuck in our own bubble of existence, Kakenya Ntaiya bursts that bubble and makes us take a good, long look in the mirror to contemplate what we are doing to make change.

  3. 3. 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation

    Walking down the street, sitting in class, waiting for the bus; everyone is on their phone. What happened to our conversational skills? Celeste Headlee gives us some much needed advice on how to be better humans to each other.

  4. 4. The Psychology of Your Future Self

    Dan Gilbert provides an eye opening comparison of what we think we are doing with what we are actually doing. "Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they are finished. The person you are right now is as transient, as fleeting, and as temporary as all the people you've ever been," he says. Mic drop? Yeah.

  5. 5. 3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Everything You Do

    If you are looking for an inspiring female role model, look no further. Stacey Abrams was the first black woman to be nominated for governor in a major party and she continues to speak her truth and tell her story, motivating others to do the same.