Well my second semester of college will be completed in less than two weeks. 2012 is certainly flying by; I can’t believe it’s May already. It’s been an emotional and stressful year so far for me, but I’ve learned a lot from it.
I gave a presentation in women’s history class last Thursday which I was nervous about since I hadn’t had to do much of any public speaking in months, but it went really well. Somehow I managed to not get panicky before my turn to present and spoke with ease and confidence, and made the class laugh too. I’m glad that my speaking ability hasn’t diminished since I haven’t been up in front of anyone in a while.
I had to give a little presentation in my cinema class the week before too, which wasn’t a big deal to me either. The girl behind me though came in late to class as we were watching a movie, and at the end the instructor asked her to give her presentation. I could tell she was caught off guard and I heard her voice shaking and trembling like she was about to cry or have some sort of anxiety attack so I turned around quick and said, “Hey, would you rather do it next week?” She nodded, so I called over to the professor, “Can she do it next week?” He said sure (he’s a nice guy and a lot of people have been giving their presentations later than planned) and asked if she could give it Monday at 9 and she whispered, “Yes sir”, but he didn’t hear her so I told him that would be good. She looked relieved and the instructor seemed to pick up on what was going on too and seemed glad that I was looking out for her. It’s cool to be on the opposite side of things now and to help people out who have fears of speaking in front of the class. Hopefully she will be ready to give her presentation this week and she won’t skip class because of it, but I had a feeling that if she had to give it that day that she might burst into tears up there or have some kind of anxiety attack.
Other than that I’ve been doing good. I’ve been learning more about myself this year and am getting a better idea about what I want in life. In August I’ll be moving out on my own with some friends to take classes at a different community college, so that will be exciting. I think it will be a great experience for me. Hope you are all doing well!