The Un-Instagramable Self | Tara Westover Commencement Speech, Northeastern University
Simon Says is an automated transcription service. We assist those in the media to swiftly transcribe audio and video files so they can find that meaningful dialogue. We are not associated with Northeastern University or Tara Westover; we are just big fans of this great speech and we highly recommend you listen to it if you can. We have provided the transcript below as a supplement. Enjoy!
Tara Westover - The Un-Instagramable Self | Northeastern Commencement Speech, May 2019 (Transcript)
Length: 19 mins
To see the full transcript, go here.
NOTE: The transcript and translations are contained in one interactive project. Click the down arrow to the right of the file name to select a different language.
The Commencement address by the author of the best-selling memoir Educated cautioned Northeastern graduates against defining themselves by the happy, perfect images they post online. The less attractive reality of their lives is far more valuable, she said.
TW - Tara Westover
TW: Hello, good morning. How are we feeling? It‚Äôs pretty good? That‚Äôs not too bad, actually. You‚Äôre definitely still awake.
TW: President Aoun, members of the Board, faculty, staff, and of course, all of you graduates, it is an honor to be with you this morning to celebrate this milestone, this kind of huge achievement. For you graduates, it‚Äôs going to be the accumulation of several years of hard work. For your parents, it‚Äôs a celebration of work that‚Äôs been put in for your whole lives, maybe even from before your lives. So I know you‚Äôve thanked them already, but I‚Äôm going to have to thank them again, but I have a request: all the flags have to wave because they‚Äôre really beautiful. Thank you.
TW: Now, first, I‚Äôd just like to say that my being awarded this degree for a few minutes of public speaking in no way diminishes the many years of very hard work that you had to do to get yours. Actually, I haven‚Äôt ever given a commencement speech before. In fact, this is the largest crowd that I‚Äôve ever spoken to by probably about 10 times. There‚Äôs a lot of you. There are many, many people here, so I was a little tense about that. And I‚Äôm not that much older than you, maybe 10 years. It was a kind of a scary thing.
To continue reading this transcript and see it in the media-transcript player, click here and click the dropdown near the filename to select your preferred language.