14 years ago
Andy

Should I go to college if I have a big fear of public speaking?

One of the general education requirements at the college I'm thinking about going to is to take a speech class and I know that I would have to give other presentations in college as well. I have a huge fear of public speaking so much that I've thought about not going to college. A lot of people has told me that is a big mistake because not only will I miss out on big money careers, but also a better social life. Back in high school (I'm 19 now and trying to figure out what I want to do), I had to take a speech class and I was a nervous wreck. We had to give 3 speeches and each one people could notice that I was nervous. They say that most people can't notice it, but you can since it's your body. They did though as one of my friends said he could see my heart pounding real fast. He asked if I was alright. He was kidding with me like he thought they would have to call 911 lol. That was my first speech. The second one I did even worse, I got bad and my voice started quivering and my legs started shaking. Luckily they didn't see my legs shaking since I was behind a podium. My third speech I did a whole lot better, but still since it was a demonstration speech they could see my hands shaking. My voice did a whole lot better though. I found out that if you prepare really well, it does take a lot of the nervousness away so if anyone out there is doing speech right now, PREPARE PREPARE PREPARE! I also suck at presentations as I messed up two during high school really bad. However, when I had a group presentation I wasn't really nervous at all. Weird lol. That was a really nervous semester, but I enjoyed it since I had a great teacher and a some-what supportive class. The class size was around 15-20. I'm afriad that if I went to college, I would again have these really bad nervous attacks and since it's college the classes will most likely be a lot bigger like around 30-40. Should I man up and go and risk getting laughed at or go on a different path? I don't want a low-wage job and struggle for the rest of my life. Are people at college more mature? Because I don't want to get laughed at and have "WTF you're one weird kid" looks. During high school no one did that, but they sure did look at me weird lol. Thanks.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
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Passing up college due to a fear of public speaking would be the biggest mistake of your life. You're NOT the only person with this fear. Confront it. You'll find that the more public speaking you do, the easier it gets. Thats why the colleges require this. Go for it.
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14 years ago
Donna L
You should not let your fear keep you from living your life. Trust me, if you pass up on college because of your fear in public speaking, you will regret it for the rest of your life. Ask the college if they offer private help in public speaking. (sorta like tutoring). Sooner or later, you will have to confront your fear... at least this way, you are working towards your dreams. Don't worry about the audience, most of them should be supportive because they would like you to support them while they are talking. I used to be afraid of public speaking too but for a year or so, I would approached the podium without my glasses, so I can not see the audience clearly. And i mananged to give my presentation to a colorful blur without any mistakes at all. Hopefully that would help =] Good luck!
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14 years ago
Anonymous
I didn't go to college cause of my fear of public speaking and I regret it..I'm 23 now and more confident than I was back then Lots of people have that fear in fact I think it's the most common fear..I think it'll help you grow, gotta face your fears ya know..You'll survive
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14 years ago
ditzi_k
seriously, talk to your doctor about your social phobia. there are medications and therapies for such situations. also, if the size of the audience bothers you, either go to a smaller college (maybe community college, rather than state university) or see about night classes. they're usually smaller than day time classes.
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