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Train American: Ryan Kim at TEDxMiddlebury

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Published on Aug 17, 2013

Ryan Kim spent the summer of 2012 using the Amtrak system to travel the country by rail. Pointing out that only 8% of the American population lives in cities, Ryan used this time to get to know some of the smaller, yet still richly cultural corners of the country. Anecdotes included eating the best fried chicken in Louisiana, riding a rodeo jockey's horse in Colorado, and more.

Ryan Kim, Middlebury class of 2014, is the winner of the first ever TEDxMiddlebury student speaker competition. Ryan Kim left Newport Beach, California at age 15 to attend the progressive Vermont boarding school, The Putney School. An economics major, Ryan has undertaken several projects with College administration and the Town of Middlebury regarding local economic development. He has been an active member of the SGA Finance Committee since his freshman year, currently co-chairs the Student Investment Committee, and serves on the board of the local downtown organization, the Better Middlebury Partnership.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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