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UMKC gears up for TED Talk event

UMKC is the place for people going places, and the best way to get to where you’re going is to live uninhibited.

On Saturday, March 9, UMKC will host an on-campus TED Talk event featuring speakers from around the Kansas City area, including a current BA/MD student. The theme for the event is “uninhibited.”

“Moving forward as a society requires us as individuals to question what holds us back,” the event website says. The theme is fitting for a university that prides itself on bringing out the best in its students, like sophomore Shreya Majagi. Majagi, currently in her second year of the six-year BA/MD program offered at UMKC’s School of Medicine, is one seven speakers set to take the stage at Saturday’s event.

As a first-generation Indian-American student, Majagi says her parents always inspired her to live outside of her comfort zone and “search for the best life possible.”

Her topic will illustrate some of the different experiences she’s had as a first-generation American.

“[My TEDtalk] really emphasizes why diversity in people and ideas are so important,” Majagi said.

Majagi said she was inspired by event’s theme. She said she felt like so many historic and ground-breaking milestones happen when people live truly uninhibited with no limits.

“It’s really inspiring to think about what we can all accomplish without any limits,” Majagi said. “It’s very exciting to think about all the untapped potential we have left to unlock.”

The TEDxUMKC event will take place between 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. Tickets can be purchased at the event and are $10 for students.

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