Hi everyone! I can't believe that this is my last blog post as a gappie... Time has really flown!
So much has happened since the last time I posted, in February. One major thing is that I participated in a speech competition! By taking Public Speaking at MCC (my local community college) I was eligible to compete in The Otis Young Motivational Speak-Off. My fellow contestants and I auditioned for a spot in a 6 week honors course to prepare us for the competition. During class, my fellow contestants and I wrote, rewrote (and rewrote again) our speeches, rehearsed, and received feedback from our professor, past contestants, and each other. It was hard work and extremely frustrating at times, but by the time the competition date came along, we were more than ready, and we had become a little family instead of competitors. It was so cool to see how far we had all come from the first class to competition day!
My sister and me right after the speeches
My speech was about... you guessed it: my gap year! I spoke about my uncertainty at the beginning of my gap year on whether or not I was good enough to go to Olin (I don't have much of an engineering background, which worried me at first) to knowing that Olin was where I belonged. I had never spoken on stage in front of an audience before the competition (I'm usually content to be backstage). I never thought that I would actually enjoy it! It was an incredible feeling to step off the stage knowing that 6 weeks of hard work paid off. I am so proud of everyone who told their story that day. All of the speeches are online here if you are curious :)