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Comedic motivational speaker to visit NMSU

College is often a place where young adults face difficult situations for the first time. Comedic motivational speaker Elaine Williams will visit New Mexico State University to share her experiences and strategies to help students avoid common pitfalls at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Corbett Center Ballrooms.

Elaine Williams, comedian, life coach and motivational speaker. (Courtesy photo)

Williams is a comedian and certified life coach who speaks at colleges around the country and shares her story of sexual assault and ways students can avoid dangers that put themselves at risk. She uses her comedic talent to engage audiences on how to have fun and be socially safe.

"This is such an important topic that I wish all students could hear the message," Williams said. "I don't preach. I tell my story in a humorous and powerful way and explain how I overcame some bad choices. I also educate about how to avoid becoming a victim."

Williams also gives tips about being balanced in the college environment, how to have a successful college career and how to relieve stress and unwind without abusing substances. According to Williams, her goal is to help students embrace the challenges of student life in healthy and moderated ways.

Williams' appearance is part of Aggie Welcome and Orientation, which takes place each fall. This year's activities include an AggieSplash event at the natatorium, an Aggie Hoedown at Corbett Center and an improv show at the Corbett outdoor stage.

"I am thrilled the university asked me to be part of Orientation week and that NMSU has such high regard for its students that it's willing to tackle and address these issues out in the open," Williams said.

For more information about Aggie Welcome and Orientation, contact Julie Weber at 575-646- 4468 or jeweber@nmsu.edu.