A student at a public speaking workshop on campus admitted that when she speaks in class or gives a presentation, her mind goes blank even while her mouth continues forming words. Another said his hands shake uncontrollably. “Internally I’m freaking out,” yet another student confessed. “It literally feels like I’m having a heart attack.”
The students were participating in the recent training, “Hear Ye, Hear Ye!,” taught by Assistant Professor of Theater Abigail Killeen and organized by Assistant Director of First-Year Programs Michael Wood. Wood said he offered the session because public speaking is a core skill that isn’t directly part of the college offerings but is nonetheless an important skill.