As a History student, and in many cases just generally as a student you will reach the time when you have to do a presentation.
I had to do a few in my first year, but that was nothing to this year! On Tuesday a semester’s worth of work came down to a 30 minute group presentation about Apocalyptic Thought in the Year 1000 AD. The module that was titled ‘Group Project’ meant that we had only a few meetings with our teacher, and instead met up in our group of six to research, write a question and then do a 30 minute presentation and a 10,000 word group essay on our chosen question. In many ways I am not so worried about the essay that is due in next week, I know essays, even if they are long and co-written, but presentations are my enemy. I’m more than willing to go to the front of a group of people and be a bit strange, but put me in a situation where I am meant to know stuff and can be put on the spot with questions about my knowledge and I will turn red
Saying this, the presentation went by with very few glitches for all three of the groups presenting that day and the relief of it being the last presentation of the semester was a nice one. That was until Thursday when my seminar teacher from a different module said we will be doing a group presentation in front of the rest of the lecture next Thursday. Luckily this one will only be five minutes and will not require as much as 10 or so weeks of work, but it is still going to be an interesting last lecture for this semester.
Presentations teach the person giving them not only about the topic, but also about working in a group and confidence, and though in many ways I wish I didn’t have to stand in front of people and turn bright red, I also understand why we have to do them. And who knows, maybe next year I’ll be so confident with presentations I won’t even turn red!