“I’m really scared” “It’s ok man, you’re gonna kill it out there, once you’re on the stage… it just melts away”
“Ok, I trust you” *Does not trust at all and is still super scared*
“Dude that was awesome!! You were so good! Wasn’t I right about the feeling on stage?”
“Bro, THAT WAS SO SICK”
I’m not going to lie, I was pretty nervous leading up to my performance on stage. I stressed about it every night for a week leading up to the night. And I’m not going to lie, that was one of the best experiences of my life. It was all worth it for that minute on stage and the feeling of satisfaction and enormous pride after I came off having given it my all and presented a great speech.
The speech will definitely be the most memorable moment of my eminent project if not the year. I put a ton of work into that speech and I think I came out with a pretty solid result. One of my goals for my speech was to make a speech that was chock full of emotion, power, and meaning. It was something I struggled with last year and is something that I believe really makes or breaks a speech. I think that was my main success of my project.
Sadly, because I was so focused on making my speech as good as it possibly could be, my learning centre was a little neglected. I don’t think it was bad, I’d just say it paled compared to the other amazing learning centres.
My main focus for my learning centre was to recreate the setting of a hospital, to fit with my perspective. I did this by having two tables covered in a white sheet. On the tables, I placed a vase with flowers, jello, a mock hospital bill, some cookies, a picture of Tommy Douglas’ “parents’ (it was actually my mom’s great grandparents) one of Tommy Douglas’ famous quotes, and a mock newspaper. I also had two old medical insurance ads taped on the lockers beside the tables.
I was a bit worried when I saw how elaborate and amazing everybody else’s learning centres were, but honestly, I think my lackluster learning centre may have paid off in the end. When people came to my station, they didn’t really look at my station, they talked to me. I had some great conversations with many different people and in the end, and I believe this was in large part because I was the main attraction of my learning centre, not some inanimate object. Most people generally left my station educated and interested in Tommy Douglas which was the main goal.
Overall, I think the night went fabulously. It couldn’t have gone any better. I’d like to thank all my fellow Talons for being so supportive, nice, and awesome people and congratulate all the grade 10’s on their superb speeches, we all did amazing. Thank you to the grade 9’s and the teachers for organizing such an amazing night. Good luck to all you next year, I know you’re gonna do amazing!