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

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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12 Signs You're A Nursing Student

Other than the fact that you're constantly seen in scrubs.

Nursing school is...an adventure. There is nothing quite as exciting or draining as going through the process of becoming a nurse. Some days you're helping to care for tiny babies, and then other days you're off doing wound care for pressure ulcers. Nursing school is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you're gonna get.

There are some key signs in people that show when they're in nursing school. I know my friends and I definitely have these characteristics (whether we want them or not).

1. Your body has no concept of time. Night shift, day shift, there's no time for sleeping. There's no time for anything but studying and work. What day is it? You don't know unless there's an exam.

2. You're addicted to coffee because of the lack of the whole time concept. You can drink coffee and fall asleep right after finishing the cup. Does coffee even work anymore? Does it matter? Oh well, still going to drink the entire pot.

3. Nothing phases you. Poop? Vomit? Yeah, no. I have cleaned up a friend's vomit without even questioning it.

4. You freak out about exams like no other. What do you know? What do you not know? What is pharmacology and why does it hate you? Why doesn't your brain understand neurology? How do you study 10 lectures in one week? WHAT WILL BE ON THE EXAM, JUST TELL US, PLEASE.

5. You can talk about anything during a meal without getting grossed out. Except your non-nursing friends do get really grossed out. You have to filter your conversations when you're at lunch with them. All your friends say things to you like:

6. Your friends never see you. You're either hiding in your room studying, going crazy in clinicals, or working your life away. "Hey, want to hang out?" "Yeah, I'm free next month...actually, next year is better for me."

7. You have two forms: study hyper-drive super-human and half dead maybe-human. "Ahhhhhhhh, gotta study, gotta study! *stays up until 5 am studying*" versus "How am I still living? *passes out facefirst into bed*."

8. You have a very odd habit of complimenting people's veins.

9. You use therapeutic communication during regular daily life. But you don't ask why. "How does that make you feel?"

10. You spend a lot of time during lectures wondering if anyone else is as confused as you. Somebody explain endocrinology to me? Hemodynamic stability? Anyone?

11. You constantly ask yourself why you chose the major you chose, but you know you care too much to change majors. There's no turning back for you.

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

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4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

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Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

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10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


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11. Should I include a graphic?

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Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


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Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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