This graduation speech on athletes with disabilities from Paralympian and “Stranger Things” star Aimée Mullins is so important to hear.
“It’s absolutely relevant to the amazing things you’ve achieved in your 4 or 5 years at Northeastern,” she stated. “It was a sense of naivety that brought me to something called disabled sports — and you’ve got to close your eyes and imagine a time before Google — that’s when I lived. I’d never met another amputee during childhood. I knew they were theoretically out there but, it’s like [knowing] a unicorn is out there.”
After just taking up track, Mullins was told she should compete in a track meet for people with disabilities. She wanted nothing to with the competition, thinking it would just be a “self-esteem” boost. But she later realized she knew nothing about what disabled sports entailed.
She went on to compete in the 100 meter dash and long jump at the 1996 Paralympics.
This concept is a bit like college, which urges students to partake in activities and education paths that they normally wouldn’t — and it could become the last place if they lose that sense of curiosity.
“If you’re not vigilant, you too will start creating your own echo chamber,” she stated.