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Frank Warren visits Xavier

Frank Warren visits Xavier

By Hollis Conners
On October 31, 2012

On Monday, Oct. 29th, SAC, Active Minds, Artists for Others
and Residence Life brought Frank Warren, founder of Post Secret to Xavier University. Post Secret is a project where
people around the world can mail their personal secrets anonymously to Warren. [The only rules state that the secrets must be completely true and can never been spoken of before.] The secrets go directly to his house, and to this day, he has received over 500,000 secrets, and is
receiving more each day. Those who mail secrets are encouraged to write and decorate their secret on a post card in order to further express their feelings behind the secret. Warren has published five books so far, each full of secrets that range from funny and light hearted, to deep and thought provoking. Other secrets are posted on his website, Warren started his website by printing out 3,000 self-addressed post cards which were blank on one side, and while walking through the streets of Washington DC, he handed the post cards out randomly, encouraging
people to send him their secrets. Warren stated during the lecture that the most common reaction from people who received postcards was "I don't have any secrets." He then proceeded to say that he believed "those people had the best ones." However, the idea went viral, and he then started receiving secrets from all over the world. He also gave examples of the wide range of secrets he had received in the past. In order to demonstrate the varying
degrees of seriousness of the secrets, Warren stated that the most common secret he receives is that the sender "pees in the shower." However, the second most common
was along the lines of the sender wanting to meet one person with whom they can share secrets. Along with showing secrets, Warren invited anyone in the audience to come up to the microphone and share their own secrets with the crowd. Warren believes that secrets connect
people, and having audience members stand up and share their secrets made the connection even more evident.
He believes every secret is a "fingerprint" and tells a story, which brings people together and brings compassion
to their lives. Warren ended his lecture with easy instructions, "If you ever feel alone, write a secret on a postcard and mail it to me." Students can mail a post card with a secret on it to: PostSecret 13345 Copper Ridge Rd
Germantown, Maryland 20874-3454

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