New event encouraged UNM students to ‘Flaunt Your Flaws’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A first-of-its-kind event at the University of New Mexico encouraged people to embrace their flaws, even going as far as flaunting them. Organizers said they hope students will realize they are more alike than different.

The idea was to write one thing students considered a strength.

“I think I’m a really empathetic person,” said Alexa Pohl, Associated Students of the University of New Mexico.

They also wrote one thing about themselves they considered a weakness.

“I don’t know how to stop talking,” said Pohl.

Organizers wanted students to not only embrace their flaws, but also to flaunt them.

“Mine would be, I’m a really bad dancer,” said Bella Cervantes, ASUNM.

UNM’s student government held the “Flaunt Your Flaws” event on Monday.

“Let’s just see how we’re similar to other people and we may not even know it,” said Pohl.

ASUNM said it wanted to give students a safe place to express themselves.

“We’re going to give them a white board, they’re going to write anything they feel is unique about them,” said Pohl.

“Everybody struggles in their own ways,” said Cervantes.

They hope people will have fun with it, and capture the raw moments, and then print the photos to take home as a reminder. Some students chose to write something nice about their friends, while others proudly represented their heritage, and some students just wanted to make a statement.

Although there was a wide range of messages written and captured at the event, organizers said they hope the big takeaway is that the student body is more alike than they thought.

“Believing in yourself and who you are,” said Cervantes.

“Everyone’s a Lobo,” said Pohl.

Different resources centers were also represented at the event, offering students a chance to get involved with different communities. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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