A writer, performer and equal rights activist encouraged Stephens freshmen to be resilient in the face of adversity.
Diane Flacks—sister of Assistant Professor Laura Flacks-Narrol—was the guest speaker at the annual First-Year Experience Networking Breakfast this morning. Using comedy, Flacks told students how to benefit from the “black ice of life” that might sometimes cause them to slip.
“As an artist, you want and need to fail,” she said. “And that’s good because that will become your story. … Some of the most accomplished people fail big.”
Flacks shared stories of tragedies-turned-triumphs from women all over the world, encouraging students to keep going even if times get difficult.
The annual networking breakfast is a culmination of the First-Year Experience, a program that uses classes and labs to help first-time students adjust to college life.
In addition to the keynote speaker, the breakfast gives students a chance to network with women working in business, science, journalism and other industries in the mid-Missouri area.
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