Why Everyone Should Take A Public Speaking Class

Why Everyone Should Take A Public Speaking Class

Speaking out is not as scary as you think it is. Trust me.
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Yes, coming from me of all people, this might sound strange, but let me tell you: the class actually teaches you something. Isn't that what all classes are supposed to do? Well, there are some classes you take in college where, believe it or not, you come in learning nothing and come out with about the same knowledge you came in with, but that is for a different day.

As a Communication and Media minor, I am required to take this class. And let me tell you, I did NOT know what I was signing up for. What? Do I have to speak in front of the class for a grade? Talk about my worst nightmare come true.

When it came down to the actual class, you learn the basics of "what public speaking is," the types, how to properly speak, adapt to the environment, and all the ins and outs you need to know for public speaking. My class contained 4 speeches that counted as grades, each one being a different type of speech. I learned not only how to speak, but what a good Powerpoint should look like and that all the presentations I've been giving actually look God awful. I learned how to properly structure speeches and the way I speak as well. I found that as I went along in the class, I began to understand the material better and once I got the critiques back, I learned how to better my speaking skills. When it came down to the final, I made no mistakes. Yes, I practiced till 2 am, but it was perfect and I got a 100%. I was so proud of myself because the girl who has anxiety and stage fright was able to master "how to give a toast" that day and better her public speaking skills. I even felt it rub off in my accounting class when giving my presentation, with no nerves and only fluidity, a huge change from how I would have been the semester before.

I can say that this class was scary as hell to begin with, but I am so glad that it was required because not only am I more confident in my public speaking skills, but I am more confident in myself as well. So, take a chance on that class, do it for yourself, your career and your self-confidence at the end of it and register for it if you can.

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7 Truths About Being A Science Major

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Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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