Being Your Authentic Self

“Why, when we know that there’s no such thing as perfect, do most of us spend an incredible amount of time and energy trying to be everything to everyone? Is it that we really admire perfection? No – the truth is that we are actually drawn to people who are real and down-to-earth. We love authenticity and we know that life is messy and imperfect.” ~ Brené Brown

Regardless of one’s status, race or gender, being your authentic self – especially in an environment shaped by the media, peer pressure, societal norms and expectations – can often feel impossible.  However, learning to be the author of your own life can lead to experiences that are more meaningful, developmental, and authentic. In this presentation, we will explore what it means to be the author of your own life and how it is the responsibility of those working in higher education to help students navigate the difficult process of shaping themselves, instead of allowing society to shape them.

Come learn about what it means to be your authentic self and how to help others do the same in the college environment.  We will share some videos, rich conversation, and hear personal stories from a couple of our UM students in order to broaden our understanding of how to appreciate and encourage our genuine selves and others.

Isabelle Jeffries and Catie Peissig, from the Residence Life Office, will present “Being Your Authentic Self” at DiverseU on Wednesday, November 4th from 11 AM- 12 PM in UC 326/327.


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