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Sophia Public Speaking
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(7 hours ago)ctcarl Wrote:
(8 hours ago)monchevy Wrote: OK, so I have to take this thing even though I truly don't want to. I'm an extreme introvert and suffer from social anxiety, and I literally fall apart if I'm the center of attention or I know I'm being watched/judged. Are there multiple videos to upload and get critiqued on? How many people are watching and judging?

I know I sound like a complete idiot right now, but can someone please talk me like I'm five, and give me an idea of how painful this will be for someone like me?? :-(

I think you'll find it a non-issue.

You're only talking to your laptop (or smartphone, or camera).  Literally no one is watching.

While it's true that there are two five-minute videos to upload, at this stage of the pandemic and their free promotion, I suspect there's one overloaded, underpaid Sophia staffer, working from home in their pajamas, eating chili with their fingers, burping over a Bud and "watching" several videos at once while grading papers and Lord knows what else, paying just enough attention to select a template with the appropriate grading metric, "You are passionate about your subject, but you need to look at the camera and gesture once in a while".

If you literally collided with that worker in a grocery store the next day and spilled a gallon on milk on them, I sincerely doubt that they'd remember you.

Go get the three credits and be done with it.

Big Grin  Thanks for that, I needed the laugh! A big problem is that I dislike speaking at all. Let alone for 5 minutes. I really don't have all that much to say!! What are the rest of the assignments like? Hopefully less cringe-y.
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(6 hours ago)monchevy Wrote: Big Grin  Thanks for that, I needed the laugh! A big problem is that I dislike speaking at all. Let alone for 5 minutes. I really don't have all that much to say!! What are the rest of the assignments like? Hopefully less cringe-y.

There are no other assignments. All you have to do is sit down and write a 500 word document about your position on a subject, then read it in front of a camera.

For the second video, change a handful of words to stuffier, more collegiate-sounding ones, print out an 8.5x11 visual aid (monochrome is fine) that is at least tangentially related to your subject, and hold it up once or twice. Oh, and brush any Cheetos dust off your shirt before you start.

I put Public Speaking off for the essentially the same reasons you described and when it was over I realized that, in comparison to pretty much any other college course I've ever taken, it was a stroll down a tree-lined promenade with a fine lady and a white poodle.
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(6 hours ago)ctcarl Wrote:
(6 hours ago)monchevy Wrote: Big Grin  Thanks for that, I needed the laugh! A big problem is that I dislike speaking at all. Let alone for 5 minutes. I really don't have all that much to say!! What are the rest of the assignments like? Hopefully less cringe-y.

There are no other assignments.  All you have to do is sit down and write a 500 word document about your position on a subject, then read it in front of a camera.  

For the second video, change a handful of words to stuffier, more collegiate-sounding ones, print out an 8.5x11 visual aid (monochrome is fine) that is at least tangentially related to your subject, and hold it up once or twice.  Oh, and brush any Cheetos dust off your shirt before you start.

I put Public Speaking off for the essentially the same reasons you described and when it was over I realized that, in comparison to pretty much any other college course I've ever taken, it was a stroll down a tree-lined promenade with a fine lady and a white poodle.

Thank you. I'm still dreading it, but it helps a lot to know that someone just like me got through it OK.   Blush
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