The Perks of Being a Public Speaker: How To Not Suck

I’m a teacher; a new one, at that. But, even I know that the ability to speak well in public is a big “pro” in life, at school, at work, and especially during interviews! As University students, we’ve all been through the occasional oral presentation. I’ve never been one to be nervous about speaking in front of others, but I do understand the butterfly-feeling in your stomach before you go up to give a talk. I get it. It’s hard. Societal pressures make it even harder. Is my hair tied up right? Do I look okay? Oh, gosh…these pants make me look fat. Am I wearing the right shoes? Will I forget any of my lines? Oh, crap…I hope I didn’t forget to print something. What if I can’t keep eye contact with the audience? Are people judging me? These are just some of the questions that may go through your mind before you get up there to do your presentation. (more…)

Summer Wrap Up

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Yesterday was my last official day of work at the lab for the summer! I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and cannot express enough my appreciation for my supervisor and the other lab members.

Last summer, I worked at the same lab, and because it was my first wet-lab experience, I did much of the grunt work. Nevertheless, I was grateful for the opportunity, and by demonstrating my abilities and desire to contribute, I was tasked with a much more exciting project this summer which entailed me to learn numerous new techniques.

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