Stepping out of your Avatar

Melissa St Amant, Communications Officer
Sarah welcomed everyone back from March Break with an inspiring message that encouraged students to challenge themselves by stepping out of their ‘avatar’.

Sarah asked students, “What comes to mind when I say the word avatar?”

Not many people would immediately think of
avatar as a term used in Hinduism for a material manifestation of a deity. In other words, the belief in a God transcending to Earth and appearing in human form. The Sanskrit word avatar literally means transcend.

If anyone is a fan of the James Cameron film Avatar, then the amazing blue creatures from Pandora may come to mind. This futuristic film shows the use of a Na’Vi body operated from the brain of a remotely located human, so in a way, the word captures the essence of the Sanskrit meaning of avatar. Perhaps the most common use of the word “avatar” today is when referring to the digital versions of ourselves we design for use in our virtual lives.

Earlier in the year, Sarah had the opportunity to listen to Oscar Winning actress Viola Davis speak. She shared highlights and lowlights of her life story and also shared a breakthrough moment towards greater happiness when she stopped trying to be, as she described it, some avatar of herself and just started being her true self.

Sarah encouraged students to think about their personal growth as they become adults and to celebrate their uniqueness. She ended her address by challenging students to be themselves, step out of their avatars and venture further.

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