Students and local residents had the chance to find their superpower at Norwalk Community College's 2014 academic festival on Wednesday, April 2.
"This year we really wanted to do something that dealt with student engagement," said Lalani. "About making a difference in their own lives and in the lives of other people."
The free event which continues tomorrow is open to the public, and offers nearly 20 different lectures and events from a variety of speakers ranging from authors, professors, and other local community leaders.
"The schedule is filled with fun stuff," said mathematics professor Riaz Lalani. "Scholarly stuff, stuff about how people can step up and become financially literate, how to raise and nurture kids, all kinds of really wonderful things."
This years theme, Supermen and Wonder Women asked the question: What's your superpower?
"People, every one of us has the ability to do something extraordinary," said Lalani. "It might be a small extraordinary, or it can be a massive extraordinary. Anything from a single mom who is now trying to make a better life for herself and for her kids. It's a very self-less act."
Those who attended the Superwomen's panel discussion questioned what having it all means for women in today's modern society. Women of all ages discussed the transitions they've experienced while trying to respond to the demands of career and family.
"My primary advice is to get an education," said Althea Seaborn. "With an education, you create options for yourself, with that you get to decide whether you will pursue a career, whether you will get married, if you get your time and you also increase the resources that you have."
The academic festival is open to the public and will continue April 3rd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.