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"Be Brave, Not Perfect" | Denison University 2022 Commencement Speech Finalist

My speech titled "Be Brave, Not Perfect," celebrates the Class of 2022 and the transformative power of bravery, particularly for women. From facing a brave new environment with Midwestern tornadoes to challenging societal expectations, I shared personal anecdotes and the wisdom of Reshma Saujani to encourage my peers, of all gender identity, to choose bravery over perfection. With gratitude for the supportive Denison community, I envisioned a world where our authenticity and bold choices make us powerful agents of change. I concluded with a call to be brave, even when we feel unprepared – whether that be facing a storm, pandemic, or social pressure – and a spirited "Rock n Roll Denny!"

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