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Published on Dec 23, 2016
Family struggles and the death of a beloved family member led Everett Community College student Rilee Louangphakdy on a downward spiral, including contemplating suicide. The discovery of the word “sonder” has subsequently resulted in the pursuit of listening and learning from the vivid life experiences and stories of others. Rilee is committed to helping and motivating others to emerge from their teen years transformed by their experiences by finding the stories waiting to be shared.
Rilee Louangphakdy shared his stories of personal loss and gain in a commencement speech at the 2015 YMCA Minority Achievers Program banquet, and to students at the Marysville Getchell High School International School of Communications. Rilee is a Marysville Getchell 2015 graduate and Everett Community College sophomore.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx