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Maria Khan

Director of Outeach, TEDxUCIrvine

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If you could meet your kid self, what would you say to him or her? Do you think he/she would be proud to meet you?

My papa always told me "Maria, everything happens for a reason. God has the perfect plan for you, just believe in yourself" and I could never fully grasp what he meant. Today, as a college student aspiring to dreams bigger than myself, I understand what he means. I understand that every small and big moment in my life that hurt me led to greater achievements. I wish I could go back and tell myself "Don't worry so much!"


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  • Nov 1 2013: I feel like if I go back and talked to my kid self, I would A) tell him exactly what my parents told me B) tell myself to don't change but be more confident in myself. I think telling myself more than that could change my present self... (even though.... it might not.. never listened to anybody as a child...)

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