The Lightbulb Moment story initiative invites the university community to reflect on their interests and experiences as they share the unexpected insights that have illuminated their paths.
UROP believes in the transmorative power of storytelling, and encourages you to empower students to author their own stories. Your story can chart new pathways for students to think about themselves that allow them to imagine and explore potential identities in new contexts while making space for belonging.
In complicating the linearity students often see in the narrative of your success, you can enable them with the confidence to take risks in the engagement of new ideas and identities while cultivating empathy. Showing students the more circuitous and failure-marked path you have taken can clarify some of the cognitive dissonance in the often countervailing narratives of academic excellence and personal wellbeing that can lead to crises of confidence.
Understanding how to contextualize failure and manage perceived deficits can help students overcome imposter syndrome and see themselves succeeding in contexts that may seem out of reach—especially to untapped students.