Chimamanda Adichie is a novelist who, in this talk, describes her journey through discovering herself through her own eyes and the eyes of others perpetuated by the media. She describes having an understanding that she was not what was ideal, not a little white, blonde girl with piggy tails and a smile. This understanding was perpetuated by the British literature that she read, which exposed her to exotic worlds, yet made her think that someone like her could not exist in literature. Adichie discusses the reality that people accept “single stories” about most people, places, and things. To understand one thing about a country or a person in no way means that you now have a complete knowledge of it or them. In fact there is really no way to ever have a complete understanding unless you conform to believing in a “single story.” A truly enriching way to exist is to constantly be interpreting and reinterpreting your surroundings, to explore new ideas and materials, even stories, with an understanding that it is not certain, not definitive. A storyteller must be extremely careful in the choosing of how to portray an idea, place, or person, approaching it with the understanding that how it is represented is impactful, so focus on the positive, on the ever-changing, on the version not perpetuated by pop culture and the media.