1. People will drop a summer class once they realize that the class actually involves work (i.e. presentations, tests and quizzes, etc.) and isn't the cakewalk they were expecting it to be.
"When I'm alone in my room I act like a carrot."
2. Impromptu speeches are super fun! There's no prep to it at all. All you're doing is giving your reaction to a prompt. Plus, have you ever seen someone try to act like a carrot? Hilarious!
A Snark With A Personality?
3. According to my professor, my personality really came out in my speeches. Who knew I had one other than snarky?
English Majors Unite!
4. Denotative? Connotative? Alliteration? Metaphor? So, in a lecture on Language my inner English Major fangirl was released. I'm not joking at all. My professor was going over techniques we could use in our speeches (such as metaphors and parallelism) and in my head I was like, "I know this! I really do! I already know this from high school. English majors unite!" So yeah, I didn't really learn anything from this experience, but it happened, so TA-DA!
Warning: Graphic Images Are Nastier Than They May Appear!
5. So, in my COMMST-100 summer class we had a variety of speeches on a variety of topics including: scarification, Gonorrhea, an adult college party, deformed babies addicted to prescription medication via the mother, etc. and let me tell you those warnings were highly appreciated when actually used correctly. *shudders* Honestly, no one should have to look at Gonorrhea unless he or she chooses to!
"Reading is boring."
6. A classmate and I were studying in the library and somehow we got off topic and started to talk about books and reading. To which she said she found reading to be boring. *brain implodes* As a result of her appalling statement I checked out two books from the college's library all while wondering what book would get her into reading.
7. Our final major assignment was to give a persuasive speech. You had to have a social problem and then your solution had to be a policy to change that problem. So, why is it that some kid wanted to do his presentation (we had a pitch session before topics were set in stone) on the government and what they're hiding from us? Seriously!? I thought that once I graduated from high school I'd stop hearing about conspiracies, but boy was I wrong! Apparently, some college students are still worried about these alleged conspiracies. And of course, the topic of conspiracy would come up in a Public Speaking class.
A Summer Cold!?--Really? I Am NOT Amused!
8. 7/27/15: Too many tissues! So, I have a presentation on Wednesday for COMMST-100 and I have caught a summer cold!? It is seriously the worst thing ever! I've used so many tissues in one day. *crosses finger* Hopefully I'll get better before Wednesday. I'd hate to have to present with a runny nose. (T.M.I. Katherine! T.M.I.!) Plus, having a cold means it is really hard to focus on working on important things like homework. UGH!
Practice Makes Your Performance Shine
9. When you don't practice your speech you AND your audience CAN tell! And I mean REALLY tell.
So, as it turns out I still had to present regardless of my cold (though I got to go home early) which was difficult on its own. However, I wasn't as practiced in my speech as I could have been. Meaning that my presentation was too long, I shuffled and fidgeted a lot, and even called the audience stupid several times as I tried to persuade them to support my policy. *facepalm* Not my greatest moment.
A "B" Is Still Passing
10. 8/6/15: Remember how I ended up being sick for one of my presentations and wasn't as practiced as I should have been? Well, I still PASSED COMMST-100 WITH A "B"!!!!! (This is pretty awesome considering I lost fifteen points on my Persuasive speech for going over the time limit.)