I'm Convinced My 8th-Grade Science Teacher Still Tells The

I'm Convinced My 8th Grade Science Teacher Still Tells The Story Of My Presentation

As Hannah Montana would say "Nobody's Perfect," and this surely did not turn out how I planned.


I tend to embarrass myself quite frequently. I know, what a tragedy. Anyways, I am convinced my 8th-grade science teacher still tells the most embarrassing story to calm students down before a presentation. You see when I did my science fair presentation I was a loaded ball of nerves. It was terrible. I wanted to throw-up.

Let me cut to the chase. All I remember from my presentation was feeling like I was going to pee my pants while simultaneously throwing up and saying the word orgasm instead of organism. Truly the most horrifying experience of my whole life. I can still remember my body freezing, but my mouth kept moving. I was stumbling over my words, and my heart was pounding heavily. Of course, the punk kids in my class were giggling. I hate myself, I thought.

Hold on, though; the best part is not here yet! My teacher stopped my presentation and said: "Ok, guys, let's be mature." Thank you for that! You have made it ten times worse now. I quickly finished my presentation and sat down. The kid behind me responded to my presentation by saying with a giggle in his voice "Nice job, Emily... It's okay we'll forget about it at one point." Of course, my inner thought was- they are never going to forget about this.

My teacher decided to tell the next class about my horrifying incident. He never said my name, but it's the fact that more people know about it. Depending on who asked me if I knew who it was, I would either tell them it was me or I would play it off like I didn't know. There's still more to this adventure of making me never want to talk in that class again. For about a week, every time I started to talk my teacher would say something along the lines of "Choose your words carefully." I hate everything. I truly want to leave this school right now. I'm so done.

Despite how embarrassing it was, I have learned to laugh about it now! I love telling the story. It shows how we all make mistakes. I have become comfortable with how terrible that presentation was. Sure, my classmates giggled at me, but it was funny.

In no way are humans perfect. We all mess up. Sometimes we mess up in front of one person other times we mess up in front of 25+ people. This situation has taught me a lot. It has taught me I can't take anything too seriously. It has given me fears of presenting to a class, but I know it can make it comfortable. People will find humor in it.

My mistake may still be talked about. That is okay. I'm glad I can make scared 8th graders feel better about their presentations! It is a story I will share with people who are afraid to present in front of their class because it is scary, but I know we can do it!

This one's for you, Mr. Carpenter! If you do share my mistake with your students, I hope it helps them. I hope it makes them feel better before they get up to the front of the class! Let your students know it is okay if they mess up. Even though I don't remember the grade I received, I'm sure you didn't dock me because I messed up the word organism.

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I Learned Forensic Science In One Day For HOSA SLC 2019 And Still Placed Top Ten

We all have those days where we have to cram for an exam you know nothing about the night before, but have you tried to study for it the day of the exam? I never knew I would find myself in this situation until I went to HOSA SLC. With minimal study time, my partner, Kasey Park, and I were still able to place in the Top Ten in Georgia.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

As a member of my school's chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), I went to SLC (State Leadership Conference), where members all over the state of Georgia come to Atlanta to compete in a variety of competitions in the field of Science and Healthcare. All members can pick only one competition to participate in, and the guidelines and rules for each event are posted on the HOSA website.

The event I chose was Forensic Medicine, which requires a team of two people to take a written exam about Forensic Science (Round 1) and write a death report for a case study (Round 2). You must pass Round 1 to move on to Round 2. I worked with a good friend of mine, Kasey Park, for this event. HOSA recommended two textbooks to study for the event: Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations 2nd Edition and Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Fourth Edition.

Kasey and I both had the books, since Winter Break of our sophomore year (2018-2019), and we both agreed to start studying during winter break. Instead, we both completely forgot about it and when we returned to school after the break, we knew we still had time to study, since SLC was in March. We made a game plan of what chapters to read and when to read them, and we agreed to meet for reviewing the chapters we read. But, it didn't happen.

This procrastination continued about a day before we needed to leave for SLC, and we both realized we needed to study two thick textbooks in about 24 hours. We both knew at this point we just needed to cram as much information we could possibly fit into our brains.

The way we crammed was we both read the textbook as fast as possible and absorbing information as we go. Even though will not understand everything, we can still get a lot of information that can help us do well.

We studied on the way to SLC and before the Round 1 exam, so we can have the best chance possible when taking the test. My partner and I took the Round 1 exam during the afternoon, and we both we did alright, but not good, so we were worried about whether or not we made the second round. We got a notification in the evening that we made to Round 2. Kasey and I started to study all night and during the morning to cram as much information as we could. A little before noon, we took the Round 2 Case Study Test, and we thought it was a breeze.

Since we finished our event, we could finally hang out with friends from our school, as well as students from other schools. I meant so many new people at HOSA SLC. The next day, we went to the award ceremony, and my partner and I did not get in the Top 5, so we were not recognized. But later we were informed that we got 9th place, which we were happy with since we did not study very much for this exam.

From my experiences ar HOSA SLC, I have learned many things and met many new people. I would recommend that if you have a testing event, you should start to study prior to SLC to give yourself the most amount of time to study before the test. I feel that cramming last minute at SLC is ineffective and very stressful. I also think that you should try to meet new people since the conference is for members all over the state of Georgia.

If you are a middle or high schooler, I would recommend attending HOSA SLC, as it will be a memory you will never forget.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

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