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Your Story

Purpose: This activity asks you to tell your story in a positive light. The focus here is to help you see that being undecided about a major or career does not have to become a reflection of negativity. This activity is helpful if you have used statements that are generally negative as you introduce yourself to others. Statements such as “Everybody else seems to know what they want to do,” “I thought I had it all figured out, but now I am so lost,” “I had a decision made, but I messed it up” or even “I have no idea what I want” are only one way of looking at your situation.

As a result of this activity you will be able to:

  • Articulate your personal story in a positive light
  • Discuss previously viewed negative beliefs in a voice of positive reflection
  • Discuss your experiences in a voice of possibility
  • Celebrate the positives of indecision

Process: If you have introduction statements that have reflected on the negative aspects of your experiences, try telling your story in positive terms. Write a brief description of yourself in a positive way. By doing this you can move forward in a manner that celebrates where you now stand. Examine the positive nature of where you currently stand.

Examples:

“I have no idea what I want” - What you do you know, no matter how exaggerated.

“I failed chemistry, so I can’t get in my major” - What did you learn about yourself in the process, can you tell about the learning in the struggle?

“I don’t have what it takes to __________?” - What do you have? What strides can you make in getting nearer a potential goal?

Resources: This activity is based on “The Danger of a Single Story”, a TedTalk presentation by Chimamanda Adichie.