Signing Off!

And that marks the completion of Drexel University’s first ever TEDx conference! The event was an absolute success and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.


Who was your favorite speaker from the event?

-Marina Lamanna

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That’s a wrap.

Drexel’s first TEDx conference is over! Thanks for the following.

Special thanks to D. who was the driving force of TEDxDrexelU, the rest of the team, the student volunteers, the speakers, and those who came out today.

Looking forward to more Drexel TEDx events in the future!


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Remember to purchase your tickets if you haven’t already!

…OR simply watch for free online from the comfort of your computer here:

Remember, the live cast will not be available until 10AM tomorrow morning.

-Tiff Tse

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Still Figuring it Out

“What makes a strong female character, is a character who has weaknesses, who has flaws, who is maybe not immediately likable, but eventually relatable.” -Tavi Gevinson at TEDxTeen

Even in my last teenage year, I still find myself questioning and trying to “figure it out.” Figure what out exactly? High school sophomore Tavi Gevinson gives her 7 minute shpeal about the challenges faced as teens make their transition from girlhood to womanhood in the modern day.

Tiff Tse

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Welcome to TEDxDrexelU in T-36 hours.

Click here to view the itinerary. Get an idea of what to expect in Philly and at TEDxDrexelU.

Only TWO more days! Remember theme this year is WHY NOT? So why not check out TEDxDrexelU this Wednesday at Bossone from 9am to 6pm. Buy tickets here.

Remember there will be  a live webcast all day at if you can’t make it in person! Link will be up and working on May 16th starting 10AM.


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The Power of Shyness/Introverts

TIME Magazine February 6, 2012 Cover

My friend Alex and I talk about this often – about being introverts…and how uncomfortable it can be when those around us often try to “fix” us because we don’t mind keeping to ourselves or because we would rather be sitting or working alone in some/most cases.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been called a “loner” or “antisocial” while growing up for just wanting to keep to myself during particular moments in my life. It bothered me more so growing up as a child when teachers would constantly complain to my parents about my “odd” distant behavior, as if I had had a deviant condition of some sort. Yes, we tend to remain quiet…but that doesn’t make our existence any less significant than our extrovert counterparts.

This society encourages us to work in groups, to be outgoing, and sociable. Which is cool, you know. I love the feeling of really connecting to the individuals around me. I find it  so empowering, like a breath of fresh air, to be able to engage in conversations that give insight to who those around us really are. I find it is so easy for all of us to fall trap and to forget that our teachers and professors are more than the subjects they teach, that our boss has a life outside of work (well, maybe not all bosses…), and that our peers are not 2-D dimensional nor simply defined by meaningless stereotypes. I find these moments in my life much more significant than when I am forced to engage in small talk about the weather or having to answer questions like, “How are you doing?” only for me to answer with the expected “Fine”.

Anyway, I’m rambling. Writer and TED speaker, Susan Cain speaks more so in depth about well…people like me (and my friend Alex) and The Power of Introverts. 


(You can also read the TIME Magazine article titled,The Upside Of Being An Introvert (And Why Extroverts Are Overrated) by Bryan Walsh here.)

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Drama and the Arts: Nick Anselmo and Robb Armstrong

Nick Anselmo, a member of Drexel’s very own faculty and staff is a teacher of theater and dance is a professional actor and currently Director of the Mandell Professionals in Residence Project at Drexel University.

As an actor Nick has appeared Off-Broadway at the York and Ensemble Studio Theaters and was a member of The Pulse Ensemble on 42nd Street in New York City. A few of the theaters he has appeared at regionally include The Williamstown Theater Festival, Walnut Street Theater, Asolo Theatre, Arkansas Repertory and Mill Mountain Theater. (Credit:

Nick will be here to speak on how and/or why we should engage in the dynamic world of theater.


Robb Armstrong, described as one of the hottest cartoonists by People magazine, is one of the most celebrated African American comic strip artists. His works has appeared on The Los Angeles Times, The New York Daily News, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. You can check out his latest works at

Here’s a sample of one of Robb’s works.

At TEDxDrexelU, Robb will bring into question as to why you should go to work in your underwear…umm, what? Guess we’ll have to see what he means by that.

-Tiff Tse

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Frank Warren: Half a Million Secrets

For those unfamiliar, PostSecret is an ongoing community mail art project, created by Frank Warren, in which people mail their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard. Select secrets are then posted on the PostSecret website, or used for PostSecret’s books or museum exhibits. In this short multimedia presentation he shows the most talked about secrets and tells some of the funny and inspiring stories from the seven year life of PostSecret.[Credit:,]

-Marina Lamanna

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Just 3 days and Drexel will be holding its first TEDx conference. Exciting stuff, yeah?

Again, the event will take place from 10AM to 6PM at the Bossone Research Center this Wednesday, May 16th.

So buy your tickets and prepare to stimulate some of those creative juices or to simply feed your overwhelming thirst for knowledge/understanding. (There’s no shame in being a little nerdy.)

Where to buy? Click here:

reppin’ NYC,
Tiff Tse

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Ingrid Zweifel of The Way We See the World: Creating Happiness Through Design

Ingrid Zweifel is cofounder of The Way We See the World, a product and concept design studio based in New York City that aims to create happiness through design. Ingrid’s past experience as a professional ballerina gave way to her passion for creativity and nature. It was through studying and undergoing the rigorous training of ballet that she came to understand the awareness of one’s own body in space and time and eventually discovered the joy of her dogged curiosity.

It’s through the constant exploration of these words and ideas that Ingrid has concluded the experience and the connective relationships we decide to foster are what makes us happy. But we sometimes fail to understand this in large part because of the louder more materialistic forces saying: The THING will bring you happiness. We just have to shift our focus! (Credit:

Ingrid will be at TEDxDrexel, this Wednesday, May 16th (that’s 3 days from now!!!) to speak of the journey that comes from sharing our ideas with the world…and how we may actually discover parts of ourselves along the way. (Wait, actually, I’m not too sure about the latter part of that statement (haha). I input that part in myself…but anyway, come see for yourselves!)

Side Note: Remember, if you can’t make it to the TEDxDrexel conference in person at Bossone, there will be a live stream of the event on Wednesday, May 16th on


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